Two weeks ago my friend Kit (who blogs over at The Kittchen) and I met up on a Thursday night for dinner at Davanti Enoteca on Taylor Street in Chicago‘s Little Italy. Davanti Enoteca had been on both of our radars for awhile so we decided to meet up and finally check it out. You can venture on over to Kit’s blog today to check out her review as well!
As soon as I walked into Davanti Enoteca I immediately fell in love. I was greeted by the lovely bar that is home to Italian and local beers as well as infused vodka and Limoncello…I didn’t sample any on this visit but definitely next time!
As we were led back to our table the unique lighting caught my eye, as well as the small kitchen out front, complete with wood-burning oven. In the back, exposed brick walls with shelves lined with wine surround the dining area. The rustic decor here at Davanti definitely sets mood for the perfect intimate Italian dinner!
Now on to the food because that’s really the most important part, right?! Kit and I received a few suggestions from friends before arriving so we had a pretty good idea what we wanted to start with. The plates at Davanti are perfect for sharing so that is exactly what we did! Our first 2 dishes were the Ricotta with Local Honey Comb and the Truffle Egg Toast with Fontina and Asparagus. Both were delicious dishes that I would definitely order again. The ricotta was creamy perfection when mixed with the honey comb and spread on top of a warm slice of Tuscan toast and the truffle toast-well, it’s truffle, cheese, toast so thick you need a steak knife, and perfectly runny egg yolks…need I say more?
Next up were our pasta dishes and they definitely did not disappoint. Their Cacio e Pepe is officially one of my top Italian dishes off all-time…no joke. It is a simple dish but perfect in every way. We also had a pappardelle pasta with ham and a tomato sauce that was full of flavor, surprisingly light, and just straight up good pasta.
There were definitely more dishes that we would have loved to try but we decided to save those for another visit because we needed just a little room for dessert. We opted for the seasonal Pumpkin Cake with Mascarpone Caramel Cream and Green Apples and it was a great way to round out a fantastic meal.
Obviously I really, really loved our meal at Davanti Enoteca. I loved it so much, in fact, that I went back the next day for lunch! It was just so good that I needed a little more! If you have yet to venture over to Little Italy I strongly suggest you do and plan for a stop at Davanti Enoteca. They now accept reservations through OpenTable which makes it much easier than their previous no reservation policy. Enjoy!