America’s 50 Best Italian Restaurants

America’s 50 Best Italian Restaurants

#35 DAVANTI ENOTECA, CHICAGO AND SAN DIEGO


Feb 18 2016 by MSN

Chef–restaurateur Scott Harris is the brains behind the more than 20 Francesca’s restaurants in the Chicago area, but this rustic enoteca, which also has two locations in San Diego, is his masterpiece. Communal tables made from reclaimed wood and bare brick walls create the ideal ambiance for a meal filled with hearty Italian fare, including a wide variety of salumi and cheese; fiendishly delicious truffled egg toast; pastas including expertly prepared cacio e pepe and pork cheek and ricotta gnudi; and mains like seared day boat scallops with fava beans, pea tendrils, and guanciale. There’s an in-house wine shop, which helps to keep wine prices down (bottles average around $40), and nothing on the menu costs more than $33.

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