Pelago Ristorante

Raffaello Hotel, 201 East Delaware Place
Chicago, IL


Stuffy, self-important, and overpriced, this luxury Italian hotel restaurant nevertheless serves adept and occasionally transcendent food. From Mauro Mafrici’s menu, veal-filled ravioli in a pistachio cream sauce and braised-beef risotto in a red wine sauce with gremolata travel in a higher plane, and homemade love shows in the texture and earthy hum of the pastas. A special fettuccine with shaved black truffles, Parmesan, olive oil, and nothing else demonstrates the value of top-shelf ingredients—if you can stand to pay $28 for a starter. The suffocating waitstaff are impossible to ignore, mostly because they never leave.


Dishes We Liked

Ravioli di vitello in salsa al pistacchio ($22), fettuccine with shaved black truffles ($28), risotto allo zafferano con brasato al vino rosso ($28)

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Opening: Pelago October 2009

Dining Out: Cibo Matto and Pelago Ristorante February 2010

Additional Information:

Price: $50-plus
Cuisine: Italian
Neighborhood: Streeterville
Noteworthy: outdoor dining
wheelchair accessible
Hours: L & D daily.