Chicago, US

When a dining room is consistently full from opening to close, it's arguably the best sign of a sure thing. And under Sarah Grueneberg’s modern hand, that’s a given at Monteverde. A friendly wood-clad interior ensures guests feel instantly at home. Brimming with joie de vivre, there’s hanging pasta drying, big wine barrels framing the bar and gorgeous flower arrangements to feast your eyes on. But it’s the food that keeps folk coming back. Whether you’re a pasta afficionado, snack fiend or straight-up multi-courser, you’re well served here. Splitting her pastas into tipica and atipica, she draws from both the classics and her travels to offer an all-encompassing, all-exciting offering. On the familiar hand, there’s exemplary spaghetti al pomodoro, on the other, potato-filled Slovenian-style dumplings, zlikrofi, with brown butter, honey and truffle. Mozzarella shooters with tomato dashi and an optional caviar bump speak to modern times, while meatballs and Alpine sausage with fontina and black garlic speaks to comfort food favourites. Either way you go you can expect a dreamy iteration of Italian fare on the plate.

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1020 W Madison St, West Loop, Chicago, Illinois , IL 60607