Week #46 – Siena Tavern

Do you watch Top Chef? (Even if you don’t, keep reading!) If you do, nine chances out of ten Fabio Viviani is one of your favorites. So, if he opened a restaurant in Chicago, what would hold you back from tasting his fabulous dishes for yourself? (Hint: nothing!)

Now, I have to come clean on something important: I actually went to Fabio’s delicious restaurant months ago. It’s true, I’ve been holding this gem hostage from you. I’m sorry! The reason why I’m telling you this is because the current menu has changed a little since then, but you can still get some of these wonderful dishes today. Phew, I feel better already coming clean. Now, let’s get to the food!

The restaurant is Italian tapas style, so we opted for a little bit of everything. Although my friends are always awesome about ordering well (given my dietary needs), I decided to throw caution to the wind and order all the cheese and cream my stomach desired! (Man, I really live on the edge…heavy sarcasm…)

We started with the coccoli, which is crispy dough, cheese, prosciutto, and truffle honey. (Yes, you read that correctly.) This antipasti is DIY, in that you break open the dough and put the ingredients inside to make the most decadent “ham sandwich” you’ve ever had. We followed that with the Siena Chopped salad, which includes interesting elements like wild boar salami (yum!).

If you go to Siena Tavern, you must get the burnt pepperoni pizza. Mouthwatering. That’s all I can say about. Perfection.

But the goodness didn’t end there. Enter homemade pastas. Gnocchi plus truffle cream, fried sage, and panchetta equals rich indulgence. We also had the spaghetti with jumbo lump crab, charred cherry tomatoes, red chili, and lemon sauce. This may seem like a strange combo, but the lemon made it so light and fresh. That was the biggest surprise of the night.

What I wasn’t surprised about? The amazing doughnuts for dessert with four different dipping sauces served in measuring cups. I knew they were going to be great.

Fabio, you outdid yourself. I’m so glad Siena Tavern is an awesome dining option in Chicago. Make a date (and a reservation!) with your friends at Siena Tavern.

Siena Tavern
51 West Kinzie
Near North Side

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