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Davanti Enoteca

1359 W. Taylor St. Send to Phone
312-226-5550 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Scott Harris' Italian spot on Taylor Street focuses more on inventive small plates and wine.

Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late Fri.-Sat.

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Davanti Enoteca, Chicago, IL

Davanti Enoteca Restaurant Review

: If you’ve come to Taylor Street for a cheap, pasta-fueled carb fest, this isn’t exactly your spot. Make no mistake, though; you’ll get your fill of Italian food without killing your bank account. But the rustic fare at this dim, wooden den veers toward tapas-style offerings, with a neatly sectioned menu of dainty portions meant to be savored instead of slurped. The salads are exceedingly fresh, but we suggest venturing into the more novel vasi (spreads made from garbanzo beans or honeycomb, served in mini mason jars) and boards (tasty morsels like ultra-creamy mascarpone polenta, delivered on planks and topped with ragù) as a prelude to the petite piatti (of which we favor the octopus, Marcona olives and fingerling potato salad) and pizzas. As for pasta, it's gussied up with innovative touches, as in the ricotta dumpling with passata di pomodoro and buffalo mozzarella. Be sure to check out the family-style menu, which is available in $35, $40 and $50 configurations for parties of eight or more. House-infused vodka flows from behind the compact bar and a neat retail area stocks an ample selection of vino, which may be uncorked at your table.
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