Quartino- Chicago

Hello!

Today’s post is a restaurant that Susan, Kate and Avery’s mom, took a few of our girlfriends to while she was in town last week. Quartino is a popular restaurant on State street right in the heart of downtown. When the weather is warm the restaurant has outdoor seating as well great open-window seating inside. The food is served family-style, but the plates are smaller portions so it is not necessary to share. The dishes come out as they are ready rather than as a course, so they recommend patrons share. They offer a gluten-free menu too!
Quartino’s atmosphere is dark and authentic with vintage looking teak-colored furniture. They have an upstairs with a second full working bar, and another level of full restaurant seating. I would suggest sitting near the window if you are given the option and the wait for the patio is too long; the inner part of the restaurant seemed slightly crowded and a little dark.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to enjoy lighter portioned Italian, or entertain a larger group of people.

We ordered a caprese and a caesar salad, and an order of calamari to start. I forgot to take pictures of the salads, so I’m sorry!!! The caprese was awesome, and Kate, Avery and Susan said that their caesar was great too!
I really enjoyed the calamari! Quartino put a lot of the squid legs in their dish; which Katie and I argue are the best, most tender pieces in a calamari basket.

The Zola Noci & Pere pizza (pear, walnut, and gorgonzola) is a popular dish and I have heard multiple people, friends and acquaintances, mention this pizza.  We were actually not too impressed with it, they changed the recipe and have decided to make it a red pizza instead of the original white. Unfortunately the tomato sauce takes away from the pear and gorgonzola flavors. I wouldn’t really recommend ordering this pizza.

We also ordered the Quattro Stagioni pizza, with artichokes, roasted peppers, grilled zuchinni, portabella mushrooms, and grana. This pizza was much better than the first, and was enjoyable.

Kate ordered the Zeppole (donuts) with honey and chocolate sauce as a table dessert. This dish was the night favorite. They were light and airy with a great flavor and wonderful sauce pairings. If you are going to order dessert I highly recommend this!

Enjoy!

Have you ever been to this Quartino?
How do you prefer your Italian food: Family style or individual entrees?
Do you like sharing small Italian dishes or would you rather order a large pasta dish for yourself?

Quartino- Chicago

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