8. Terzo Piano
Location: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Located on the third floor of the Art Institute of Chicago, Terzo Piano has everything: obsure pasta shapes (malloreddus—a pasta shape somewhere between shells and gnocchi, meaning "fat little bulls," served under braised rabbit with chili flake, pine nuts, golden raisins, mint, and parmesan), root vegetables you've never heard of (salsify—a root turnip-like root vegetable, pureed and served with braised shortrib, beet greens, sour cherry, and parsnip), and a bloody mary with meat (soppressata). It shares a chef, Tony Mantuano, with nearby restaurant Spaggia, rated four stars by the Chicago Tribune. To boot, ingredients for the Italian cuisine are sourced from Midwest producers.