Dining Tidbits

New (A Mano), Budget Beat (Winston’s Market), Hotel Haute Cuisine (Lockwood), Retro (Old Town Brasserie

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NEW
A Mano
OK, there’s officially no reason ever to leave Marina City. The tiny island of fun along the river has already got steak, live music, bowling, a gym, a hotel, and Chicago’s biggest wine bar. Now, from Dan Sachs, the mastermind of Bin 36, comes A Mano, an ambitious 180-seat Italian spot focused on gelato, panini, antipasti, and wood-fired pizza. “We are the antithesis of Olive Garden,” Sachs says. “This is authentic Italian food.” To prove it, he sent his exec chef, John Caputo, to Carpigiani’s Frozen Dessert University—how do we get in there?—to learn the art of gelato. Here’s hoping Caputo paid attention in class. 335 N. Dearborn St.; 312-629-3500. –Jeff Ruby

Photograph: Tyllie Barbosa  Food Styling: Christina Zerkis

 

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