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Davanti Enoteca
Italian Restaurant$$
Today 11:00 am – 12:00 am
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1359 W Taylor St Chicago, IL 60607
1359 West Taylor StreetUSIllinoisChicago60607
$$Italian Restaurant, Wine BarToday 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Monday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 12:00 amSaturday 11:00 am – 12:00 amSunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

When restaurateur Scott Harris decided to open his latest restaurant concept, he and the team of chefs from Francesca’s Restaurants did their research. Although already experts in their own right for rustic, Italian cuisine in Chicago, the chefs traveled across the country, eating and tasting to discover how chefs nationwide defined this cuisine. Inspired by their travels, the team is proud to introduce the new wine bar and restaurant: Davanti Enoteca in Little Italy.

Davanti Enoteca carries the themed cuisine of simple Italian fare throughout the décor of the rustic wine bar and restaurant. Exposed brick wine walls display the bottles that guests can enjoy at their table.

In addition to multiple high-top and table seating, the bar made of 180-year-old refurbished barn wood houses frozen taps for local beer and  for chilled house-infused vodka. Additional décor details include lighting made from old glass milk jugs and potato sacks and patchwork wall coverings of the fronts of old wine boxes.

As for the menu, small plate starters include selections of vasi (jars of spreads) and boards (tableside presentations of dishes such as the mascarpone polenta and ragu of the day). Larger shareables will include pastas such as Uovo in Raviolo ‘San Domenico’ (giant ravioli, ricotta, egg, spinach), pizzas like Pizza della Fattoria (farmed egg, potato, pork belly, scallions, asiago, and béchamel) and entrées such as Spada Davanti (grilled swordfish, brussel spouts, pancetta, Calabrian chili).

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Rustic Italian small plates & an extensive wine selection in a laid-back space.- Google
"The roasted eggplant in the mason jar was delicious."
"Truffle egg toast is a must!"
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Isabella Palmer
4 months ago
Cozy spot in Little Italy. Amazing food with small plates and great wine. The burger is a great choice. Can't wait to try this place again.
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Vineet Singh
a year ago
A sweet spot nesteled in the Italian neighbourhood on Taylor street. Visited it over the weekend with a friend.They have redone the entire place and have used unique ideas to decorate with Wine boxes and wood.We were greeted by Managers Patrick and Jeff as we entered the place.We ended up ordering Ceci Beans,Ravioli, Veg Pizza and Wine.Food was great specially the Ravioli and Beans.Service was excellent. Guess what when I asked for the cheque then they said that food was on Davanti for that day.Had an awesome dinner at Davanti.Will surely visit again to try some other things.
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Jess Mean
a year ago
I've always been a fan and now that they're taking reservations you can't keep me away! Their reasonably priced bottles of wine encourage group outings and we always kick off the meal with shared wood-fired pizzas and sides of ricotta and honey with crusty bread. The menu changes with the seasons but the pasta — any pasta — is always a solid choice. If you can, save room for dessert! I dream about the perfectly caramelized crème brûlée.
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Jennie Chen
a year ago
So busy on a weeknight we had to sit at the bar. Everyone that passed by asked about the yummy smell emanating from our mushroom pizza, which tastes even better than it smells! And the sea urchin pasta is TO-DIE-FOR!
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Britnei Clark
12 months ago
I really like this place, they have a different food/drink special each day which is nice. Try one of the vasi's, they are spreads that come in cute little mason jars, served with toasted bread. Really tasty. This place has a cozy feel because of the lighting, but it can get pretty loud when crowded. I think it is great for groups because it's tapas style small plates and, they have a couple high tables that can seat at least 8. The good is good, drinks are okay, atmosphere is chill. It's worth trying I think.
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Marlena Cureton
a year ago
Amazing food! The sea urchin/crab pasta that yelpers rave about is worth the hype. So is ricotta cheese, Tuscan bread and honey board and the overall menu. Try it when in chi fellow out of towners!!'
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Arash Farahani
a year ago
During a typical weekend you have to make a reservation. The food is really really good. We tried baby octapus and it was really delicioius. We also got a bottle of wine and here's the down side of this restaurant. We got the bottle of wine for $45. The same bottle of wine can be bought for $9.5 online!! If you think that this mark up is reasonable then you'll be fine with their wine prices too.
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Melanie Bartelme
a year ago
I've been wanting to go here for a long time but the Taylor Street location made it hard to just pop by. We made it a destination on a recent Monday though and it was absolutely worth the trek. There were four girls, and we split three of the biggest non-entree dishes and a bottle of realmy reasonably priced wine. The Ligurian-style focaccia is unlike anything I've ever had: creamy cheese sandwiched between two phyllo-like layers and topped with honeycomb (if you choose). Unreal. You have to try it. We also got a pizza that was really light considering it was topped with potato and a whole egg. We finished with the polenta of the day. They come out and pour the polenta and the ragu from the pans they were cooked in, which was neat. The whole meal felt very decadent without being heavy. I'll definitely be making the effort again soon!
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