He may not have won Top Chef, but Fabio Viviani certainly came out on top. The season 5 fan favorite teamed up with restauranteurs David Rekhson & Luke Stoioff to open Siena Tavern; a rustic Italian restaurant/bar in River North, Chicago.
The inspiration for the spot came after the team took a weeklong trip to Italy and immersed themselves in the culture and more precisely, the food. Peep the vid below:
After hearing such amazing things about the restaurant, I made it a top priority to dine there while in Chicago.
Knowing it was Italian, I was concerned about whether or not there would be a lot of gluten-free options. I was happily surprised to see that Siena Tavern actually had a GF menu, & there were plenty of options.
Fortunately, I was with a large group and we got a bunch of dishes to share, including:
Sorry about the few blurry photos. These were taken after a full day at Lollapalooza.
We also got the (GF) hamachi (spicy balsamic, serrano, truffle honey, crispy shallots) which was amazing.
If you asked me to pick my favorite dish, it would be impossible. Everything was beyond delicious & I can’t wait to return and try the rest of the menu. A must go while in Chicago & Miami (coming in 2014).
Pros: Gluten-Free menu. Amazing food and tons of variety.
Cons: Come to NYC please!