From the people who brought you Frankie’s 5th Floor Pizzeria comes Frankie’s Scaloppine, adjacent to each other at the 900 Shops on Michigan Ave. Of course, the people in question aren’t Frank; they’re LEYE. It’s a basically an Italian red sauce place, albeit a corporate incarnation lodged incongruously on the fifth floor of a shopping mall.
Poo poo all you want, but is it really such a bad thing that you can now get calamari “My way” ($7.95), ziti with vodka sauce ($11.95), or veal parm ($21.95) on the fifth floor of a shopping mall? It’s kind of value-neutral, ultimately. Chris Borelli evaluated it for the Stew, and was surprised to find himself actually enjoying the food, especially the pounded veal dishes for which the restaurant is named.
So you’re paying a premium for the soul-sucking location, and that will be enough to turn off most (all) of you, but should you end up there under the auspices of a wayward aunt or something, it won’t be the end of the world.
[Photo: honestly, there’s is nothing Italian about the hospitality or wholesome about the simplicity. Still, you can order 5th Floor Pizzeria’s pizzas at Scaloppine. (LEYE)]