Terragusto Recommended Menu

Hours: Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday-Saturday
Closed Monday

Price: $$$

CLOSED. Italian cafe specializing in locally grown and sustainably farmed products and handmade organic pastas.

Restaurant Details

Terragusto is a casual neighborhood cafe that happens to serve house-made pasta as good as—what the hell—any in Chicago. Owner and chef Theo Gilbert, who’s worked at Spiaggia and Trattoria No. 10 and hawked his pasta at the Green City Market, works off a tiny but pristine menu: a handful of antipasti and fresh pastas, and family-style plates of meat and fish, all seared and roasted. The bywords are local, organic, and seasonal, and the options are three- or four-course prix fixe menus that change monthly. A deboned half chicken was glisteningly moist, and if I could I’d order the deeply flavored accompanying spinach as an entree. Baked polenta was texturally perfect, simultaneously yielding and firm. Thin Swiss chard pasta with Bolognese sauce benefits from a touch of white truffle, and on my last visit the capallaci—”bishop’s hats”—stuffed with roasted pumpkin and squash were good enough to silence the loudest conversation. Terragusto is BYO with no corkage fee. There’s a second outpost in Lincoln Park (340 W. Armitage, 773-281-7200).

Nicholas Day

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Price: $$$

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