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Nico Osteria

Thompson Hotel, 1015 N. Rush St.
Chicago , IL 60611

Critic’s Notes

One Off Hospitality (Blackbird, Avec) hits the mark as usual with this perpetually packed space. Chef Erling Wu-Bower mixes familiar and unusual flavors in a menu that includes Nantucket Bay scallops and tagliolini with Hama Hama clams. The buttery, salt-crusted wild branzino is the finest fish in the Gold Coast. Desserts and cocktails deserve all the attention they get.

Dishes We Liked

Escarole and Little Gem lettuce salad ($12); grilled quail al tonnato with arugula, truffled-peach olives, and blood orange ($18); sunchoke sformato with lobster, chilies, and radicchio ($17); octopus fettunta with pocha beans, shallot Treviso jam, and olives ($15); whole wild branzino for two ($38-$42); hen of the woods mushrooms ($12); grapefruit meringata ($11)

Additional Information:

Price: $40-$69
Cuisine: Italian
Neighborhood: Gold Coast
Noteworthy: Child friendly
High noise level
Outdoor dining
Wheelchair accessible
Will seat past 10:30 p.m.
Hours: B & L daily, D nightly. Br Sat, Sun. Late seating Fri, Sat.
Date Opened: 12/2/2013
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