Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Restaurant Review: Formento's - In the Heart of the Market District

We don't write reviews for lousy or even mediocre dining locations. It's not worth it on any level. I only spend time and effort on rewarding excellent eateries with a review. Chicago and Then Some made a commitment to engage in shining a light on the city's finest fooderies.

So to my fellow gastronomical gurus (or wannabe gurus) I found a superb entry into the stakes of fine Italian restaurants. Cooking Italian food is not easy. On the surface, it may seem easy, but it isn't. A great sauce is something to treasure and unfortunately, you rarely come by a great sauce or a great dining location, for that matter. Formento's on West Randolph Street is seriously worthy of your time.

The restaurant is a gorgeous display of understated elegance from the antique armoires to the distinctly eye-catching light fixtures to the magnificent presentation of the bar area. Formento's wields a big stick in the more than appropriate location for dining out for special occasions and for not so special ones as well. The service is excellent.

Chef and Partner, Tony Quartaro has provided fantastic food with superb presentations on everything from the exquisite marinara sauce to the desserts. Formento's hits all the objectives in the search for fine food, beautiful atmosphere and worthwhile service.

Appetizers are as wonderful as the entrees, but the jardinera sauce with bread which opens your experience is one of the highlights at Formento's. They can literally boast of having one of the best jardinera sauces in the city. Outstanding. Keep going for the bread!

Gluten free and dairy free options are available, but for those who need neither of those distinctions then go wild with this dining delight. Formento's is a must go to dining experience.

925 West Randolph Street
312 690 7295

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