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Davanti Enoteca
Italian Restaurant$$
Today 11:30AM–10PM
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1359 W Taylor St Chicago, IL 60607
1359 West Taylor StreetUSIllinoisChicago60607
$$Italian Restaurant, Wine BarToday 11:30AM–10PM
Wednesday 11:30AM–10PMThursday 11:30AM–10PMFriday 11:30AM–11PMSaturday 11AM–11PMSunday 11AM–9PMMonday 11:30AM–9PMTuesday 11:30AM–10PM

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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Brenda Valdivia
a week ago
Great customer service. Food was awesome. I will definitely be coming back
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Amul Choudhary
5 months ago
Terrible food, unfriendly staff, no menus, beware of cash only. We had to ask the food to be taken away it was inedible at best
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Britnei Clark
a year 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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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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CyberConCoder []
6 months ago
With awesome food, this was were some of my unforgettable memories were forged, when I went with my relatives. Some of the food there, to me, is unrivaled to this day.
2 months ago
Great food and wine. Knowledgeable waitstaff
Isabella Palmer
a year 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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Jemyra Alma
5 months ago
Potatoes were good and out of steak...