312 Chicago

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Luca Corazzina has taken over the reins at this Italian stalwart now that chef Dean Zanella has moved on. While the changes have been minimal on paper, a recent visit yielded an unremarkable dinner, revealing that the real draws now are the cocktails and the desserts. At the bar, expect seasonal fruity concoctions like refreshing cucumber puree in a Tom Collins, and muddled navel oranges that transport a mint julep from the South to southern Italy. Pastry chef Kimberly Schwenke also keeps season in mind by topping crumbly pistachio shortcake with ripe strawberries and a delicious ricotta-stawberry jam gelato and gives a blueberry-coconut crostata a scoop of coconut gelato.

Venue name: 312 Chicago
Address: Hotel Allegro, 136 N LaSalle St

Cross street: at Randolph St
Opening hours: Mon 7am-10am, 11am-2pm, 5pm-9:30pm; Tues-Fri 7am-10am, 11am-10pm; Sat 8am-10:30am, 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm; Sun 8am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm
Transport: El stop: Brown, Pink, Orange, Purple (rush hrs) to Washington/Wells. Bus: 14, 20, 56, 60, 124, 157.
Price: Average main course: $21
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