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Fornetto Mei

View Map105 E. Delaware Pl., Chicago
Tel: (312) 944-6300
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Editorial Review of Fornetto Mei

Go ahead, demand it all, but do so at Fornetto Mei, a Pan-Italian restaurant that offers Italian cuisine with Chinese touches (thank you, Marco Polo). Cooking begins early in the morning with a hearty breakfast menu of eggs, pancakes and baked goods that skews toward the indulgent with its bananas foster French toast, topped with caramelized bananas, toasted pecans and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Come noontime you can enjoy the semi-casual dining atmosphere with fear of running over your lunch hour; if your meal isn't served in 45 minutes Monday through Friday, it's on the house.

The menu at Fornetto Mei changes seasonally, but the thin-crust pies served from the wood-fired pizza oven remain a popular choice year-round (especially the Italian sausage pie with red grapes and Laurel Chenel goat cheese).

While a pick from the world wine list is a fine choice, the selection of more than 200 martinis is hard to pass is the restaurant itself, thanks to an upscale atmosphere that stops just short of stuffiness.

Average cost: $21-$30

Centerstage Reviewer: Erin Delahanty

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7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 7 a.m.11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; bar open until 1 a.m. daily; brunch available until 3 p.m. on weekends

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