I scooped up a fork full of the delicious looking ravioli on my plate at Filini and took a bite.
And decided that it was the best tasting ravioli I had ever eaten in my entire life.
It was just that good.
We were staying overnight at the incomparable Radisson Blu Aqua in Chicago recently and one of the many, many wonderful things about this hotel is the fact that they have a truly fabulous restaurant right off the lobby. Filini is an Italian restaurant and bar with a philosophy of preparing the freshest food in the most delicious way possible and I am here to tell you that they succeed quite admirably in that goal. Considering how cozy it is, it’s surprising that there is actually seating for 150.
Everything on the restaurant menu looked and sounded absolutely wonderful as our helpful waiter described them to us but we finally made our choices and then just enjoyed the delectable smells wafting from the kitchen. They also have a completely new menu for spring which looks equally delicious. I had ordered a Caesar salad and, not reading the menu closely enough, I didn’t realize it came with grilled chicken on top and would have been sufficient for a meal all by itself. It was honestly one of the best Caesar salads I have ever eaten and I am a connoisseur of the Caesar salad. Some have dressing that is just a bit too sour but this one was perfection. Plenty of cheese and the chicken was delicious as well.
I had a hard time deciding between all the succulent-sounding Italian dishes on the menu but finally settled on the Ravioli. It was quite evocatively described as “Ricotta and spinach stuffed ravioli with tomato sauce”, but they should have added that it was going to melt in your mouth with deliciousness and you would dream about this ravioli for a very, very long time.
After we had consumed our entrees with much moaning and groaning (quietly of course) we faced the quandary of all travel writers who are writing about food and have quite effectively consumed so much delicious food that they don’t actually need dessert in any form.
Not at all.
But, like the true brave and hardy adventurers that we are who know you are consumed with curiosity about the desserts anyplace we eat – this is my story and I’m sticking to it - we did indeed order dessert. I don’t normally write about what Tom orders unless I manage to snag a sample or it’s something extraordinary and also because he gets a little impatient with taking photos of food when he is ready to eat it. However, he did mention that the tiramisu he had for dessert was the best he has ever eaten.
And my dessert was equally superlative. I love a dessert with several small items which I can sample and this one was perfect. “Selezione Di Gelati: Gianduia,with coffee, chocolate chip or rum raisin gelato” When I indicated a preference for anything chocolate, this is what our waiter recommended. Gianduia are chocolates shaped like an upturned boat made with a mixture of cocoa and hazelnut paste.
And they are wonderful.
I am not a coffee fan at all but coffee gelato was perfect with the ball of chocolate decadence.
Every single item we ate was wonderful and obviously prepared with care and attention to every, single detail.
I would like to have the entire meal again.
At this very moment.
If you are in Chicago anytime soon, stop by Filini. You will not be disappointed, I promise.
Full disclosure: Filini provided us with our meal, but as always, I will share my honest opinion about any travel experiences I have.