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Fancy Italian in Chicago

ilovebeans Jul 3, 2008 06:53 AM

Hello....I need to find a nice Italian restaurant in Chicago (it's gotta be in the city proper) that would impress a bunch of suit types, but also an Italian. Any suggestions would be welcome.


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    lbs Jul 3, 2008 07:27 AM

    5 star Italian



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    1. re: lbs
      wak Jul 3, 2008 10:40 AM

      FYI, Spiaggia is very formal - several hundred $$ jacket required dining experience (maybe on target for "suit types".) It that's appropriate, you've found your place.

      If you need something less formal, I also recommend Coco Pazzo. Never been to Follia so I can't comment on it.

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      masha Jul 3, 2008 09:10 AM

      May be a little too "hip" for "suit types," but for authentic Italian food, not as expensive as Spiaggia, try Follia:

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        jbontario Jul 3, 2008 10:01 AM

        I like Follia, but it is not as good as Spiaggia.
        Then again you can make a mortgage payment for what my last dinner there cost.

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        jbw Jul 3, 2008 11:08 AM

        A couple of others that can come under the heading of both "upscale" and "authentic":

        Merlo (Bolognese): http://www.merlochicago.com/

        Gioco (Tuscan--a little more raucous than the others mentioned here, but the Bistecca alla Fiorentina is impressive): http://www.gioco-chicago.com/sitenavV...

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          gonefishin Jul 14, 2008 07:12 PM

          I recently went to Merlo on Maple for the first time about a month ago. The food and service were both great. After talking with our server and telling him what we liked we decided to trust him on both some of the food and wine pairings as well. He was spot on with everything.


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          profjmm Jul 3, 2008 01:13 PM

          How about Cafe Spiaggia? Impressive, but without the mortgage payment price tag. Also Riccardo Trattoria.

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            ilovebeans Jul 10, 2008 06:13 AM

            thanks for the suggestions! they choose spiaggia after all.

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              ChefJune Jul 11, 2008 10:08 AM

              Spiaggia is a wonderful experience from start to finish!

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            dhukill Jul 14, 2008 07:46 PM

            Depending on how important the "formal" is. You can't beat the Rosebud... I think we went to the LaSalle location. Historical and very very good.

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