Davanti Enoteca Chicago

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Details
1359 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-5550
Italian
$ $
Hours
Mon–Wed: 11:30 AM–10:00 PM Thu: 11:30 AM–11:00 PM Fri: 11:30 AM–Midnight Sat: 11:00 AM–Midnight Sun: 11:00 AM–10:00 PM

Chef–restaurateur Scott Harris is the brains behind the more than 20 Francesca’s restaurants in the Chicago area, but this rustic Little Italy enoteca is his masterpiece. Communal tables made from reclaimed wood and bare brick walls create the ideal ambiance for a meal filled with hearty Italian fare, including a wide variety of salumi and cheese, fiendishly delicious truffled egg toast, pastas including expertly prepared cacio e pepe and pork cheek and ricotta gnudi, and mains like seared day boat scallops with fava beans, pea tendrils, and guanciale. There’s an in-house wine shop, which helps to keep wine prices down (bottles average around $40), and nothing on the menu costs more than $23. 

Foursquare Tips

  • Thought youd want to know: Davanti Enoteca has been nominated for Best New Italian in Time Out Chicagos 2011 Eat Out Awards. Vote now!
  • I want the rigatoni sauce all over my body.
  • Okay, went to Davanti for the 3rd time and the wait was 2.5-3 hrs... REALLY? C'mon, its time for them to allow reservations, that is quite ridiculous!!!
  • The focaccia with honey is out of this world
  • Get anything and die happy. Polenta special for the win.
  • Amazing food and amazing service... Enough said!
  • Hey all! As the manager of davanti I'd like to reward the mayor with a free t-shirt on us! Please find me to redeem! Thanks!
  • Try the Il Pizzino Robiola cheese, some of the best I've ever had.
  • Scott Harriss Taylor Street spot combines elements of the Purple Pig with the Italian sensibilities of his Mia Francescas chain. Harris's best move: turning the roof into a cozy, 45-seat patio.
  • Great italian cuisine. I suggest sharing plates with your group. We order 4 items off the dinner menu, along with some charcuterie. Meatballs w/ polenta and pork cheek were the standout dishes.
  • Try the Truffle Egg Toast , Fontina, Asparagus
  • Davanti Enoteca now takes Resevations!! Call 312-226-550 or go through our website at www.davantichicago.com
  • Italian-Tapas fusion! Menu is designed to be shared around the table. Chef sends plates out as they get prepared. We loved the asparagus brochette. Great pastas with a new world twist.
  • Rustic Italian fare seems like it was cooked in the countryside and somehow transported to your plate, pairs seamlessly with the full-bodied red in your glass. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Go to the wine bar Beviamo across the street if you have a long wait..it's worth it! Try the walnut and goat cheese salad, wow!
  • Amazing food and great service if you can get a table...;-)
  • Tasty Italian food, served small plates-style. Was loving the scallops, the ricotta, and the del terra pizza!
  • Great food and fun experience for a group. I've been multiple times. The pace of food from the kitchen is ALWAYS too fast. No matter what the server says, order in waves.
  • The rooftop patio showcases the best of Davanti: charming foliage and light bulbs strung above diners heads make for a cozy, picturesque environment.
  • The food and service was great.