One block east of Michigan Avenue, in Chicago’s Gold Coast, you can find Pelago Ristorante — a little slice of Italy nestled in the Hotel Raffaello. Chef Mauro Mafrici and his wife Kimberly host this upscale contemporary Italian restaurant, a beautiful escape from the busy downtown streets offering exquisite food and genuine flavors.
Italian born architect, Kimberly Mafrici combines a modern feel with timeless sophistication to create the elegant atmosphere of Pelago. Seating only 60, the dining room offers an intimate setting, the ambiance charming and romantic. Clean white tones against rich wood create a fresh simplicity that allows you to completely relax with your food, wine and company. Details of chandeliers, aqua colored glass and a grandeur fireplace add the perfect touch of bold beauty to the refined elegance of the dining room.
Chef Mauro mixes contemporary and classic to provide a beautiful and authentic menu. Alongside delectable dishes including Italian seafood, veal, cheeses and desserts, Pelago is particularly known for their homemade pasta. If you cannot choose just one dish, try the Chef’s tasting meal, which allows you to sample a variety of entrees, pasta dishes and desserts. Offering an impressive wine list, fresh ingredients from local sources and artistic presentation, Chef Mauro creates a unique and delicious selection. These creative dishes and new sensations distinguish Pelago as exceptional Italian dining.
Described as a hidden gem in the city, Pelago combines gracious hospitality with sophisticated design and culinary delights. Surrounded by the lavish stores and distinguished streets of the Gold Coast, Pelago is truly a quiet oasis amidst the bustling city. Come in to enjoy a quaint lunch, terrace dining in the summer or a romantic evening in the neighborhood.
For additional information, call 312.280.0700 or visit their website. Hours: Lunch Daily: Monday-Sunday: 11:30a.m.–2:30p.m. Dinner Everyday: Sunday-Thursday: 4:30p.m.-10:30p.m. Friday-Saturday: 4:30p.m–11p.m. Pelago is located at 201 East Delaware Place.
Photo Credit: Elenora Pasarelli.
Emmaline Niendorf is a Content Manager at Otherwise Incorporated.