Mamma mia! This Printer's Row spot rarely has a wait for its indoor or outdoor seating, which is surprising, given the high quality of its Italian fare.
The inside dining room is fairly small, as is the restaurant's pretension: Salads are simple (if heavy-handed - the caprese, for example, was drenched in balsamic vinegar) and you won't find an ounce of snootiness amongst the wait staff. The servers perfectly balance friendliness with efficiency and never rush a lingering patron out the door, even though the indoor space can be quite cramped.
Although the lunch menu features some salads and sandwiches, the pasta dishes are its real delight, including a marinara-and-pesto sauce mixed with artichokes over pasta and baked ziti with more cheese than you'll know what to do with. Meat lovers, red sauce lovers, white sauce lovers and more will find no shortage of noodle wonders to dive into (most dishes run $13-$16).
Trattoria Caterina also does a brisk delivery service, a brilliant choice when you're craving tasty pizza, but call or stop by early; the eatery isn't open too late, even on the weekends.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Erin Brereton
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Despite its stale cannoli, Trattoria Caterina hits the neighborhood-feel nail on the head.
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They provide the food; you bring the hootch and everybody wins.