first told us about the Northside in the mid seventies. The restaurant
didn't take reservations so we would hang around the crowded bar
for an hour or so before being seated and always found it worth
the wait. We found other Italian spots closer to our home and
hadn't been back there in years.
went last Saturday at about 8PM and there was no wait but it was
still crowded. It looked all different. The entrance was not near
the bar anymore so we were disoriented. There was a new section
with booths and the bar was hard to get to. Maybe they had a fire
or something. The place is huge with four dining areas.
owners must be grandparents now because there was this goofy Easter
display near the pay phone. They have always had a golf motif
going and that is still in place. We sat under a a photo of Jack
Nicholas. Someone named "No Nox" started this business1949
and they call their place the "Home of Traditional Italian
Cuisine". It is not fussy. The "Specials" menu
had a big grease spot on it and the regular, plastic encased menu
looked like someone had left a burning cigarette on it. We asked
the waitress if the chicken escarole soup was good and she said,
"Everything here is good." We ordered it and a green
salad for starters. The soup had pastina (tiny pasta) in it and
it was delicious. The house Italian dressing was very tasty. The
bread was so so.
ordered a carafe of Chianti and decided to split an order of Fettuccini
Alfredo and the Chicken Fresca. Both dishes were fantastic and
there was plenty for the next days meal.