The BF and I stopped in for a belated Valentine's Day dinner and were immediately greeted by John Ross who led us on an extensive tour of the gigantic restaurant. This place is massive! First of all, the kitchen is in the basement. They had to build down to create the space and the vents from the stoves actually go through the dining room on the floor directly above. You'd never have any idea though since they're disguised by brickwork. There are two separate dining rooms, one of which is divided into three separate coves, making it seem as intimate as possible. There's also a top floor for private dining, complete with a separate entrance (for the Beyonce's of the world).
After our tour, the BF and I grabbed a cozy red leather booth and scanned the menu extensively. The wine list is impressive. There's more than 500 selections! Good thing they have Wine Director, Steve Morgan and Sommelier, Leslie LaRue Lamont to guide you! The BF and I both enjoyed a glass of Formento's Barbaresco from Piedmont which they sell at Nonna's, their sandwich shop next door (side note: who wants to grab lunch there?!).
We noshed on wonderful housemade focaccia and giardiniera while browsing the dinner menu.
I'm giving Formento's 4.5 ghosts out of 5!
925 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607