Subject: Re: Montreal in Winter and Chicago restaurants
Montreal is great in the winter, but unbelievably cold. To me at least, it is much worse than Chicago, but at least you can get to many areas by walking underground! Pack lots of warm stuff. Quebec City is great, and at least to me, the ski villages and small towns of the Laurentian Mountains are more interesting and better priced than Vermont.

Where are you in Chicago? I live in Andersonville, and work in Lakeview/Lincoln Park. I'd love to hear your recommendations about Chicago ethnic dining, and Italian culinary adventures - two of my favorite hobbies. I don't know if you have discovered it yet, but Pizzeria D.O.C. on Lawrence, just east of Western is actually a great trattoria run by a guy from Rome, with an amazing wood burning brick oven that he imported from Tuscany. The pizzas are very thin, overpriced, ($10-$12) but absolutely amazingly good, and the pastas are also quite nice (simple, authentic) and more reasonably priced. A guy that I met at the Midtown Tennis Club, who is from Florence, told me about it, and says that he and his Italian friends go there at least once a week for a taste of home.

Let me know if you have been there, and what you think, as well as some of your own hot spots! thanks Jonathan