Well, by “loved it,” we mean “thought it was conveniently located to someplace else you don’t visit all that often.”
But its Mediterranean replacement, Tesori, offers a fresh chance to fall really, truly, madly head over heels, starting today in the Loop. No CSO required.
Boding well for the matchup: a friendly front bar where you won’t feel out of place just breezing in after work to meet some friends for a beer (they have a good local craft selection) or the Oktober (the surprising result of mixing pumpkin ale with bourbon). After: a few deep-fried, veal-stuffed olives and a crispy pizza and you’re on your way. Basically, you’re in a Mediterranean Cheers.
But the big, bright atrium of a dining room looking out into a small garden is another story. You may be with a date. You may be with a client. You may simply be with the world’s most acclaimed bassoonist. (But please, not all three again.) Regardless, your night will spin into a revelry of bold red wine from the tap, handmade cavatelli with braised beef cheeks and polenta fritters with popcorn gelato.
The Italian version of a balanced meal.