The Florentine

JW Marriott Hotel, 151 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60603


A good fit with the financial and theatre districts nearby, this graceful second-floor space showcases the addictive Italian flavors of Chris Macchia. Baby peppers stuffed with homemade fennel sausage in a deft tomato sauce with mint and goat cheese guarantees smiles, as does chestnut fazzoletti (handkerchief pasta) with shrimp, mushrooms, and roasted tomato. Pork shank melting in a braise of onion and orange beckons from its earthy bed of farro risotto and puffed barley; whole roasted branzino comes beautifully matched with minty roasted cauliflower and Calabrian chilies. Adept service, fine Italian wines, and pistachio cheesecake with figs round out the meal.


Dishes We Liked

Prince Edward Island mussels with finocchiona salami, cured tomato, citrus, and fennel ($15); gnocchi with tomato, grilled radicchio, and smoked mozzarella ($22); sausage-stuffed quail, celery root, green cabbage, oyster mushrooms, and shaved black truffles ($32); zuppa inglese with banana cream, vanilla bean streusel, cashew brittle ($9)

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Additional Information:

Price: $50-plus
Cuisine: Italian
Neighborhood: Loop
Noteworthy: Child friendly
Wheelchair accessible
Hours: B Mon–Sat, L Mon–Fri, D nightly. Br Sat, Sun.
Date Opened: 11/11/2010