Formento’s is a large place and some dining areas are quieter than
others. I ate there recently and their staff couldn’t have been friendlier and emphasized
to me that any diner should let them know they want a quiet spot and they would do
their best to accommodate. It is located on Randolph Street in the West Loop. Like
Acanto, they offer delicious Italian food, with an array of dishes such as house-made
pastas, delicate antipasti and wood-fired fish and steak. Their pork tenderloin wrapped
in prosciutto and served
with swiss chard
was fantastic. The world-class wine program
offers guests more than 300 varietals from Italy.
925 W. Randolph St. 312-690-7295
The décor of Le Colonial takes you back in time and away in place.
The authentic Vietnamese cuisine is offered in two separate dining areas. The first-floor
dining room is adorned with louvered shutters, woven rattan chairs, potted palms, slow-
moving ceiling fans and nostalgic black and white photos of turn-of-the century life in
Saigon. The upstairs lounge includes a spacious, fully stocked mahogany bar, plush
couches for enjoying light fare, dining tables, and a veranda, for keeping warm in winter
and cool in summer. The food is unique, beautifully prepared and delicious. The menu is
extensive, so you might need a few visits to find your favorite dishes.
937 N. Rush St. 312-255-0088
mk is a city classic for special occasions and has been for over 15 years. The
menu features both Italian and French flavors, with locally sourced foods starring in
every dish. Dr. Ullauri rates their Bass as the best fish she has ever had. The wine list is
extensive and global. The dining room skylights and artwork set a soft, romantic tone,
and the service is impeccable.
868 N. Franklin St. 312-482-9179
The Pump Room
The Pump Room might be quite different from days past, but it is
still very special. The décor is warm, contemporary and inviting. You will swoon over the
light fixtures before you even see a menu. 2011 James Beard award winner Jean-
Georges Vongerichten, who has earned 3 Michelin stars, created the new menu. Re-
invented classics and new creations that are regional in flavor preside. I had the
Carmelized Filet Mignon and couldn’t have been happier.
1301 N. State Pkwy. 312-229-6740