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View Map540 N. Michigan Ave., 4th floor, Chicago
Tel: (312) 836-6334
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Editorial Review of Ventoso


Formerly: You don't need to be a tourist to dine at Ventoso, but you do need to be a bit of an explorer. Journey off the Mag Mile strip and up to the fourth floor of the Marriott Hotel, where you'll find Italian cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner at prices that you would expect from a hotel—steep.

In Cirque du Soleil fashion, reds and yellows mingle with deep greens, dark wood and light fixtures that look like giant peppermint candies, though large black and white photos of Italy keep the restaurant grounded. A private dining room is available, and food connoisseurs can watch their meal being prepared from the chef's table.

Though the food certainly won't win any awards for flavor, in true vacation spirit, you should load up your plate without a second thought: The breakfast buffet dishes endless eggs, fruit, pastries and oatmeal, for $15-$18 per person. Lunch keeps the tab hefty with $10-$25 dishes like shrimp scampi and a spinach mozzarella panino.

For dinner, guests can choose from a selection of steaks, seafood and handmade pasta. Ask for the daily specials or go with house favorites like the linguine frutti di mare or the ahi tuna. The cutesy miniature desserts cost only $2, but don't be fooled into thinking you've found a bargain: Entrees range from $13-$32.

Centerstage Reviewer: Albrey Nuss

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