Pizzeria via Stato
620 N State
This casual sister restaurant to the popular Osteria Via Stato is a must-visit if you are in the mood for delicious Roman-style pizza in a comfortable setting. Located just to the north of the Embassy Suites lobby on State in River North. I am often skeptical of restaurants that are part of a large chain or company, but Lettuce Entertain You delivers on this venture. We have dined with Pizzeria Via Stato three times in the last two months and have had three great experiences. The pizzas are paper thin, flavorful, and seem to always be cooked perfectly. The appetizers are delicious, the ingredients are fresh, and the menu items are very creative. Favorites thus far are the Roasted Garlic, Sweet Onions, and the Classico Cheese Pizza (add Pepperoni of course). I know these items don’t sound very fancy, but hey, it’s pizza, it should be simple. The wine list is worth mentioning as well. It is a basic representation of popular Italian varietals, all priced very reasonably, which really surprises me for LEY. The last piece of the puzzle is the service. The staff is very well trained, courteous, and works hard to make sure you feel as though you are a valued guest.
If you are one of the tens of thousands of people that call the River North neighborhood home, or if you are looking to move there, you should know that this area is a bit complicated with regard to Real Estate. This location is pretty complex, with just a block making a huge difference in value, and the buildings are very different in terms of amenities, financial health, etc. Values vary from building to building and you should be certain you are working with a Real Estate Professional that understands this market. (Hint: we do!)
In general, this market is comprised of high-rises with several other options available in small quantities. Check out these stats on available condos:
1 bed / 1+ bath: 233 units, $135k – $1.5M
2 bed / 1-2 bath: 213 units, $249k – $1.25M
3+ bed / 2+ bath: 84 units, $460k – $5M