The Florentine
JW Marriott | 151 W Adams St | Chicago, IL | 312.660.8866 | website

The Florentine is located on the 2nd floor of the JW Marriott at 151 W. Adams. It is walking distance to the heart of Chicago’s financial district.

They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the week. They are open at 6:30am to 10:30am to accommodate breakfast meetings, and will serve lunch between 11:00am and 2:30pm. They re-open at 5:00pm and close at 10:00pm. On weekends they serve brunch between 11:00am and 2:30pm. And will serve dinner between 5:00pm and 10:00pm. Check their websites for additional details.

This restaurant is definitely a business crowd destination during the week. The restaurant gets crowded for both breakfast and lunch during the week. Make sure to plan accordingly… reservations are recommended. The bar usually has available seating and they do serve the full menu.

They have a great Happy Hour menu. Happy Hour is from Monday through Friday between 4pm and 6pm. Join them at the bar and you will receive a free wood-fired pizza for your group with the purchase of any alcoholic beverage.

I visited the Florentine on Wednesday. The first thing that I noticed was that the restaurant had a spacious feel. This is one of the few restaurants that do not crowd the tables together. You can comfortably have a private conversation at your table. They started us out with their bread selection, bread sticks, and olive oil.

We were greeted with specialty cocktails when we were seated. They have an extensive, unique, and creative cocktail list loaded with fun drinks to try. We sampled six different drinks and were not disappointed.

Chef Zachery Walrath prepared four different Antipasti dishes for us to sample. I decided that I could not choose a favorite… they were all outstandingly delicious. I sampled the Pan Seared Scallops (Capesante), the Shave Brussels Sprouts (Insalata Autunno), the Cream Filled Mozzarella (Buratta), and the Zuppa (Roasted Butternut Squash Soup).

Immediately following the Antipastas, Chef Walrath presented three Pasta dishes that were unique creations that exceeded expectations. I must admit that I fell in love with the Fusili Oxtail Ragu. I will definitely be ordering this in the future. The Gnocchi Butternut Squash and Ravioli Roasted Pumpkin were very compelling.

The main courses were spectacular. Chef Walrath presented three very different dishes. The first was the Pollo Boneless Cornish Hen Milanese. This is an artistic upgrade to the traditional chicken parmesan. The second dish was the Bistecca Pan Roasted NY Strip with mushrooms. This NY Strip rivals some of the best steakhouses in Chicago. And finally, the Vitello Veal Chop Saltimbocca was perfect. I am absolutely certain that you will be impressed with any of these three.

The Florentine has a private room that can seat up to 50 guests. The room can be divided in half for smaller groups. The rooms feature a large screen TV which can be used for business presentations or for a picture slide show.

Pricing is what you would expect for a downtown hotel restaurant of this caliber.

In closing, the Florentine is a great restaurant with a wonderful menu in a terrific location. They should be on your must-try list!

Also published on examiner.com

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