Anna Maria Pasteria—30 Years Strong

By Patrick Butler Anna Maria Piccolini was maybe six or seven years old when she cooked her first meal – beans and pasta – for her family back in Italy. “That’s a very poor dish, but as long as we filled our stomachs, that wasRead more

New Boutique in Lincoln Square Strives to Give its Customers What They Want

By Patrick Butler It’s no secret that even well-established bricks-and-mortar retail stores have in recent years faced intense competition from on-line retailers but that hasn’t scared Genny Konz, one of the neighborhood’s newest merchants, from jumping into a retail business with both her feet. JustRead more

Get Great Pizza – and a Career – at Nick’s Pizza

By Patrick Butler Photos by Gene Schulter When Nick Sarillo opened his first pizzeria out in the suburbs, he found he couldn’t stop there and hope to survive.So before opening two more pizza parlors – a second suburban eatery and his latest at 2434 W.Read more

Mark Chiang’s goal is to make the House of Wah Sun the best

By Patrick Butler During the 16 years Mark Chiang has been running the House of Wah Sun, 4319 N. Lincoln Ave., he’s developed his own success formula. Instead of taking a hefty profit and paying his dozen or so workers from whatever’s left, he paysRead more

The success of Jeri’s Grill is in staying the same

By Patrick Butler Don’t ask Frank DiPiero what he wants his Jeri’s Grill to be like 10 years from now. “Success at this place is staying the same. I don’t want it to become something in 10 years. It’s already where we ought to be.Read more

The Book Cellar Celebrates 13 Years in Lincoln Square

Provides Unique Destination Shopping Experience by Peter von Buol Fourteen years ago, Lincoln Square was a thriving shopping district but there was one glaring absence. There were, however, no bookstores in the neighborhood. It was the era of rapid expansion for large chain bookstores such asRead more

Meet the owners of Gideon Welles

By Patrick Butler Like everything else in the Lincoln Square/Ravenswood area, the bar and restaurant at 4500 N. Lincoln Ave. has seen its share of changes. Over the years, that corner watering hole just across the street from Welles Park has been the Parkside, thenRead more

Travelers Find Home Away from Home at Pat’s Place

By Pat Butler Since finishing college in 1968, Pat Clark has been a computer programmer, a Realtor at Cuyler and Lincoln, a local landlord, and for the past 15 years a tax preparer at H & R block, now at 3150 N. Lincoln. That wasRead more