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Chicago Eats: Tesori

Earlier this month, I was invited to join a select group of other Chicago Food Bloggers to sample the summer menu at the go-to restaurant for Chicago Symphony Orchestra lovers and Loop visitors, Tesori. For those of you who are familiar with the area, you may remember the space once housed the formal (and slightly stuffy) long-standing Rhapsody; that space was completely renovated and it is now home to the more low-key, approachable, and intimate Tesori (which translates to "little treasures" in Italian).

Not only has the space been completely renovated, but so has the cuisine, thanks to Chef Andrew Deuel, a veteran of legendary New York kitchens Armani Ristorante and the Rainbow Room. The Mediterranean/Italian-inspired restaurant features a seasonal menu of updated versions of classic dishes (old-school Italian meets modern farmers market); it also includes an extensive global wine list and a list of fun cocktails. Our group was given the opportunity to sample six courses (including wine pairings) from the current menu, all of which were flawlessly executed.

Jumbo Scallops with Nichols Farm stewed beans, pancetta, and crispy leeks

Margherita Pizza with San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, petite basil, and Parmesan

Diavolo Pizza with ‘nduja sausage, spicy San Marzano, calabrian peppers, bell peppers, and mozzarella

Braised Veal Cheeks with Anson Mills stone ground polenta

Sugar Beet Salad with baby spinach, white balsamic, asparagus, gorgonzola, and Marcona almonds

Lobster Ravioli with fresh tomato and basil

Truffle Fries with Reggiano Parmigiano and truffle aioli

Trio of Gelatti & Sorbetti and Assorted Cookies

Tesori is not only a perfect fit for CSO-goers or Millenium Park visitors, but also, it's a perfect downtown space for after-work drinks or dinner. I've previously lamented the lack of good dining options down this particular stretch, as there are a plethora of fast food options, but not much else - Tesori most definitely helps fills that void!

You can try all of this deliciousness and more at Tesori: 65 E. Adams St, Chicago, IL.

ETA: This restaurant has closed.

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