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221 N. Columbus Dr. (S. Water St.) Send to Phone
312-477-0234 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Modern Italian within stylish, moodily lit confines in the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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Filini, Chicago, IL

Filini Restaurant Review

: There’s a sleek, low-hung feel to this second-floor dining room in the stylish Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. It’s set atop a sprawling, street-level bar serving stuzzichini (Italian bar bites) and sports a shareable spirit --- but the carpaccio bruschetta with saffron aïoli is something you'll want to keep to yourself. Overall, flavors are bold, be it in a dish of grilled blue prawns with artichokes, orange segments and briny black olives, or tender braised pork belly with bitter radicchio, balsamic glaze and bulbs of cipollini onions. What stands out most, though, is the pastas, namely the lush garganelli in mascarpone-truffle oil cream sauce that's specked with prosciutto and Italian chicory. Good, too, is the house-made, cacao-tinged pappardelle, tossed with wild boar ragù and a drizzle of Parmesan cream. The menu is modern Italian through and through, so don’t come expecting red sauce-type eats. Rather, take comfort in familiar grilled yellowfin tuna with aged balsamic or slow-braised short ribs in Barolo sauce with polenta and root vegetables. Come dessert, we found the bomboloni not nearly as airy as others around town and the tiramisu decent, but not accolade-worthy. In short, what’s good is very good, and the Italian wine list and off-Michigan Avenue location lend no shortage of appeal.
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