1 / 10 EATALY A round trip to Eataly in New York might take less time than snagging a seat anywhere in this River North madhouse. 43 E. Ohio St., 312-521-8700 Related: Find out how to eat your way across the Italian food emporium with our guide.Photo: Ratko Radojcic 2 / 10 NICO OSTERIA Rumor has it that when Eataly ran out of food, Batali and Bastianich took refuge at Paul Kahan’s latest megahit. Thompson Hotel, 1015 N. Rush St., 312-994-7100 Related: Read more about one of Chicago’s best new bars.Photo: John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune 3 / 10 CICCHETTI Dan Rosenthal rolls out Venetian classics in Streeterville. Italian turf wars are brewing (see Eataly and Nico above). 671 N. St. Clair St., 312-642-1800 Related: Read more about what Cicchetti has to offer.Photo: Derek Richmond 4 / 10 DUSEK’S This Pilsen phenom accepts rezzies only for parties of five or more. Text four friends ASAP. 1227 W. 18th St., 312-526-3851 Related: Read about Dusek’s here.Photo: Thalia Interiors 5 / 10 TANTA The single place in town with aji and ahi on the menu. The waitstaff knows the difference, but does the pisco-happy crowd? 118 W. Grand Ave., 312-222-9700 Related: Read our review.Photo: Anjali M. Pinto 6 / 10 A10 Hyde Parkers embrace their new bistro—and not just in theory. 1462 E. 53rd St., 773-288-1010 Related: What kind of first impression did A10 make with our dining critic? Find out in our photo blog, What Penny Eats.Photo: Courtesy of A10 7 / 10 SUMMER HOUSE SANTA MONICA Rich Melman: the one guy who could get away with opening a summery spot just in time for a Chicago winter.1954 N. Halsted St., 773-634-4100 Related: Read more about Summer House Santa Monica here.Photo: Anjali M. Pinto 8 / 10 STELLA BARRA PIZZERIA Melman built a pizza joint adjacent to his own Summer House. Maybe he needs a noncompete agreement with himself. 1954 N. Halsted St., 773-634-4101Photo: Anjali M. Pinto 9 / 10 AZZURRA Crispy Brussels sprouts duke it out with Gorgonzola-stuffed dates in this buzzy trattoria. 1467 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-278-5959 Related: Read our dining critic’s first impressions of Azzurra on our photo blog, What Penny Eats.Photo: Kaitlyn McQuaid 10 / 10 ASIAN OUTPOST When the owner’s Grandma Lee made her “famous steak,” everyone showed up for dinner. And the beat goes on. 1315 S. Wabash Ave., 312-662-1100Photo: Courtesy of Asian Outpost The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Chicago Right Now Cicchetti, Azzurra, Dusek’s, and more of Chicago’s most buzzed-about restaurants in February. By Penny Pollack February 10, 2014, 10:47 am Related Content January 2014 Hot List Best New Restaurants 2013 Click the thumbnails below to launch the gallery.