Chicago >Terragusto Lincoln Park
“The food was good (I wouldn't say great but I wouldnt say average).”
“The food was also wonderful and we loved the menu options with more flexibility than the usual chef's menu- don't right off this local- it is a gem, sparlking in it's own way when compared to the terragusto mothership on addison.”
“Having been a long time fan at the addison site I was very reassured to see familiar faces, the same great cuisine, especially our fav taglitelle bolognese with the delicate truffle oil aroma filling our hearts and noses as the plate is gently laid on the”
Truly Awful Service. I made a reservation ten days in advanced, left a credit card number as required, had it all set and was excited to go. Found out an hour before that it had been cancelled, leaving me and 8 others without a place to eat for dinner. The hostess was rude and didn't call me back. Its their loss though. There are plenty of better restaurants in Chicago that will honour reservations and treat you politely. I refuse to ever go to this place ever again.
terragusto still a strong contender for the food lover. Having been a long time fan at the addison site I was very reassured to see familiar faces, the same great cuisine, especially our fav taglitelle bolognese with the delicate truffle oil aroma filling our hearts and noses as the plate is gently laid on the table. Cozy in size but still comfortable, we found the staff very accomodating, as we have come to expect in the terragusto style. The food was also wonderful and we loved the menu options with more flexibility than the usual chef's menu- don't right off this local- it is a gem, sparlking in it's own way when compared to the terragusto mothership on addison.
Avoid at Any cost. Had a horrible experience tonight. We had a group dinner of 11 people. Two of us called in with allergy sensitivities for butter, cream or cheese a week or more before the dinner. For most of the night we were the only group in the restaurant. The chef was arrogant and a real jerk when we pointed out that all of the dishes contained cheese or butter. But the waiter pointed out it was only "light butter" This was very similar to the review by pumpkinil. There are too many restaurants in Chicago to spend your hard earned money on rather than be treated in this way. They deserve to go out of business with this attitude.
they forgot we told them we had a nut allergy.
Last night my fiance and I went to terragusto based on a very strong recommendation from a friend. When we entered the small space we were overcome by the sauna like conditions. We were sat by a loud hostess who told us way too much information about other guests, like the couple who were supposed to arrive before us that were very late, etc... she all around wasnt pulled together.
We were told to do the chef's tasting by a friend so when our waiter arrives we explain to him that there is a nut allergy at the table. He was very thorough asking what kinds of nuts (all) and if we have an epi pen (no). Course 1 was fine, food was good. Course 2 a pasta boulognese and a squash ravioli with crumbled amaretti cookies on top, realizing that amaretti cookies are almond flavored I tasted them first and quickly told my fiance not to eat them. Course 3 was fine. Course 4 dessert, they brought us 3, a flourless chocolate cake thingy with HAZELNUT sauce, pane cotta with PINENUTS, and mascarpone cheese that didnt contain nuts. 2 of the 3 contained nuts??????
Our bill comes and with the waiter and hostess there I said, I'd like to point out that we said we had a nut allergy and were served 3 dishes with nuts in them, to which I was informed that the amaretti cookies didnt contain nuts... I am in the culinary industry and regardless if your almond flavor cookie contains nuts why would you serve a nut flavor cookie to someone with a nut allergy or aversion?
The hostess wouldnt give up on the fact that 1 of the 3 dishes that contained nuts didnt have nuts to which I said, it doesnt matter because you served us 2 other dishes with nuts and are lucky that we caught it before he ate them... and what did she do?? SHE ROLLED HER EYES AT ME and walked away.
The tasting was $47 a person and my fiance was unable to eat 3 of the dishes that were given to us... I dont think he should have been charged the entire $47 especially since they could have made him very sick, but they did nothing about the fact that they could have killed him.
The food was good (I wouldn't say great but I wouldnt say average). But given the overall experience I will NEVER be going back to Terragusto. IF you take away the nut thing I still wouldnt go back, the space is small, we were literally sitting on top of each other it was 100 degrees in there and the waiter and waitress were disheveled.
Pasta connoisseurs brave long waits and cramped Lincoln Park quarters for handmade creations accented by seasonal ingredients.. On the second story of a walk-up brownstone, a handful of tables, a couple of waiters and a harried kitchen make diners who appreciate authentic Italian food very happy. Local, seasonal ingredients find their way into nearly every dish. Creamy sformato gets its green from fresh spinach, and rich wagyu carpaccio is accented with peppery arugula. Like the North Center original, fresh, handmade pasta is pushed as the star of the menu, but entrees like braised pork shank and whole roasted sea bream shouldn't be ignored. Exposed brick and neutral paint don't scream rustic coziness, but patrons, heads buried, don't seem to mind.
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