1020 West Madison Street

The combination of a Top Chef alum slash James Beard Award winner, a buzzing Chicago neighborhood, and an in-house pastificio (Italian for “pasta factory”) was a surefire recipe for success for this Italian hot spot. It’s here that chef Sarah Grueneberg is in her element, serving up pasta-centric fare with far-reaching influences, from gnocchetti con pesto to the Cacio Whey Pepe, which includes Mancini bucatini pasta, pecorino Romano, and ricotta whey. Grueneberg’s prowess extends far beyond noodles, too—take, for example, the Octopus Speidino, a grilled favorite that comes with aioli, leeks, pimentón, and shishito peperonata and that was inspired by Japanese yakitori. In between bites guests can check out the “pasta TV”—an antique mirror that reflects the pasta team’s made-to-order work.

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