I am pretty new to Chowhound, having (incredibly) heard of this site only recently. I am a die hard foodie & locavore.
I was going to be in Chicago for one night and wanted a good Italian spot. I found mention of Terragusto in another thread but it was buried deep within the thread. Believe me, this place deserves a thread of it's own.
This ia a cute/casual place and they are trying to create the relaxed Italian meal. They have done it. I was in Italy a few years ago and the food is comparable.
First, it's BYOB, so we brought 2 really nice bottles with us. For $38 per person, you can choose an appetizer, a pasta and a meat (to share) that comes with seasonal veggies.
For the app we choose a (2) person one to share. it had some wonderful cheese, chicken salad, rabbit with fennel, delicious hard boiled eggs with pine nuts and my absolute favorite part, a beautiful raw zucchini & carrot salad. It was absolutely delish.
All pastas are homemade there. I got a wonderful mushroom one with 7 different mushrooms. My DH got pope's hats with pumpkin, amaretti cookies and butter sage sauce.......yummy
For the meat we got the roasted free range chicken that came with the MOST delicious brussel sprouts I've ever had.
1851 West Addison