Hyde Park is not the choice destination in Chicago for foodies.
A college neighborhood surrounded by some of the less affluent neighborhoods of South Side Chicago, it has neither the creative culinary atmosphere of the northern neighborhoods nor the diversity/authenticity offered in west and other South Side neighborhoods.
But, there are a few gems (including Michelle Obama's favorite, Calypso, which closed down :( ) that are treasured by students and locals alike, and I'd like to introduce one of them today.
Pizza Capri is a traditional Italian-American fair, with a menu that offers pasta, pizza, wraps, sandwiches, and main dishes (mainly chicken and fish).
There menu is available here on their homepage: http://hydepark.pizzacapri.com/zgrid/proc/site/sitemnup.jsp?mnuid_it=91244
Let me just recommend my favorites:
1. Pasta shells with Salmon (I always substitute the shells for linguine): Good, hearty pasta with plenty of salmon in delicious tomato cream sauce
2. Tequila Lime Chicken Fettucini: Some people don't like creamy pasta; sauteed with bell peppers in a tequila-lime sauce, not only tastes good, but (seems) healthier.
3. Any of their Gourmet Pizza: I've tried several kinds, and they're all really good!
OK, it's not the best Italian restaurant you'll ever go to (I especially don't recommend their fried calamari); but if you ever have business in this part of town and don't know where to eat, it's a pretty safe bet.