Alla Vita
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Alla Vita

Chicago
Italian Restaurant
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The gist: The Boka team strikes again with this recent arrival, where chef Lee Wolen helms a menu rooted in family-style Italian fare. Kehoe Designs is responsible for the garden-esque décor throughout the space, a (most timely) move on their part to bring the outdoors in with the help of flowing fabrics, hand painted floral floors, and one powerhouse of a pergola.
The food: The menu is divided into six categories: antipasti, salads, homemade pastas, pizza, al forno, and veggies, meaning there’s something for everyone in your party. Don’t miss the cacio e pepe ricotta dumplings or fennel sausage pizza, or, of course, Wolen’s chicken. He’s made a case for the oft-overlooked protein at Boka and GG’s Chicken Shop, and his version here, chicken parmesan with fire roasted tomato sauce and buffalo mozzarella, is no exception.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

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From Boka Restaurant Group (Girl and the Goat, GT Prime SteakHouse, Boka), comes this new kid on the block proving it fits right into its perfectly curated family. Executive chef Lee Wolen’s menu is outstanding, featuring Wood-fired Meatballs with Parmigiana, Mushroom Pizza laced with black truffle, caramelized onion, and Taleggio, a Bone-in Ribeye roasted with garlic, rosemary, and olive oil, and Ricotta Dumplings doused in cacio e pepe. As if that wasn’t enough, the space is also aesthetically stunning. Hanging above the dining room are plants woven inside a long pergola alongside a sculpture resembling the ripples of waves—all inviting guests to partake in a transcendent experience for the eyes and the taste buds. Don’t forget to cheer “alla vita” with each new glass of wine—an Italian toast which means “to life.”
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

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