Marilyn Monroe was known for her sexy beauty but it took awhile for the world to realize that she was also talented. Marchesa is drop dead gorgeous, unlike anything Chicagoans have seen in its... Read More
Marilyn Monroe was known for her sexy beauty but it took awhile for the world to realize that she was also talented. Marchesa is drop dead gorgeous, unlike anything Chicagoans have seen in its colorful opulence so it may take a moment to appreciate the victuals. Executive Chef Mark Sabbe puts together a fine dining menu with Spanish, French and Italian flavors. Start with European cheese and charcuterie or grand medallions of foie gras for moments of sheer decadence. The Jamón Serrano salad takes you to Barcelona's Las Ramblas. Satisfying entrees include simple steak frites or herb and butter basted French bistro chicken. Paella Valenciana is prepared with chicken thighs and braised rabbit. Fresh truffle available year round, caviar service and a Champagne bar make you wonder if Marilyn and Cary Grant are dining in an alcove at Marchesa tonight.
- Best Restaurants: "Named for Marchesa Luisa Casati, an Italian heiress, muse and patron of the arts renowned for hosting grand parties teaming with interesting people, food, wine and song."
- Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Breathtakingly beautiful space offering one of the best cocktail lists in the city and a decidedly European vibe quite unlike the rest of River North.