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Vivere Restaurant in Chicago

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Vivere Restaurant in Chicago

Gordon Walsh | Jun 7, 2004 12:46 PM

Anyone serious about food and wine should put this one on the "must do" list when eating in downtown Chicago. I had dinner here this past weekend on 2 consecutive nights and both evenings were unforgetttable from a service, food, and wine experience.

The menu is classic, high level Italian and a worthy competitor to the better Italian restaurants I have visited in Italy. Wine Director Ron Balter or his sharp assistant Nick Debias will steer the diner through a great wine list that offers all of the world's best regions. Prices range from $30 to $1,000 plus. Nick recommended Elio Grasso's 1995 Barolo Runcot to accompany a tender and succulent venison loin. Awesome pairing! On night two Ron suggested a 1995 Tommasi Amarone as a foil for the juicy duck breast. Again, magic!

The whole package is delivered at a reasonable price. By the way, I have no vested interest in this restaurant. Craig Camp's article in October persuaded me to make a reservation. Viva Craig!

Bellissimo!

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