Elina's
Elina's | Photo by Garrett Sweet
Elina's | Photo by Garrett Sweet

Elina's

Chicago
Italian Restaurant
$$$$

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The gist: After years manning the kitchen at some of Chicago and New York City’s finest restaurants, chefs Ian Rusnak (Bavette’s, NoMI, Blackbird) and Eric Safin (Jean Georges, 4 Charles Prime Rib) teamed up for this BYOB venture, spinning out elevated Italian cuisine on the nightly. Though unassuming in size (the restaurant has just 10 tables) and even in scope (think meatballs and eggplant parm), don’t be fooled—these culinary vets deliver on both precision and downright good cooking.
The food: Calling all of the classics (with a Chicago cheffy twist): Rigatoni alla Vodka, Dover Sole Piccata, Chicken Parmesan, and Baked Clams Casino lead the comforting charge, buttressed by a homey red sauce vibe and Instagram-worthy presentations.
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

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Chef-owners Ian Rusnak and Eric Safin have teamed up for the ultimate red sauce experience, harnessing their collective—not to mention impressive—years of culinary expertise to devise their mouthwatering lineup. Dubbed Jersey-style Italian, Elina’s boasts a boatload of classic flavors served atop vintage plates which evoke a feeling of home and heritage. Kick things off with a plate of baked clams strewn with bacon breadcrumbs and lemon before settling into a signature pasta like Rigatoni alla Vodka with Calabrian bread crumbs or Fusilli di Rabe with sweet sausage and Parmesan. For now it's BYOB, which serves as further enticement to whip out that good bottle of Italian red you’ve been hoarding.
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

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