On one of my crazy short visits to Chicago, I met up with Corey & Sara in River North. We stumbled upon Bar Umbriago, which apparently is closing soon! The restaurant was busy, but we were immediately seated at a high-top table near the entrance. We shared a pizza and roasted peppers along with some Vino. The cold peppers were full of flavor and adorned with fresh garlic & oil. Sara and I put some of the peppers on our pizza as well.
We ordered a simple margherita pizza. Although it doesn’t have to be fancy, I expected more since they described the cheese as buffala mozzarella. Normally you would see dollops of fresh cheese, that was not the case. There was enough sauce, but the crust was quite bland. Either way, the ambiance was hip and inviting. Although the restaurant is going out of business, I’m sure another hot spot will open up here shortly.