Hello Auditorium Theatre Friends & Subscribers!
I would like to take this guest blogging opportunity to introduce you to the newest dining destination in the loop – tesori. Tesori opened in mid-September and we have been enjoying the positive feedback so far. We must say, we love our Loop neighbors. They’ve made us feel so welcome over the past several weeks.
The kitchen is led by Chef Andrew Deuel, who recently relocated from New York to bring his Italian-inspired flavors to Chicago. He uses French techniques and fresh ingredients to evoke complex flavors in simple, approachable food. All our house made pastas including our Agnolotti are becoming fast favorites. Agnolotti resembles ravioli when the small pieces of flattened pasta dough are folded over the main ingredient. Ours are filled with duck confit and served in decadent foie gras truffle butter. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Tesori offers both a dining room and lounge. The lounge has been full of energy with so many friendly faces from the area. They have especially been enjoying our wine on tap. While it’s new to most people, they are pleased to find the level of quality and freshness it brings to the pour. Another exciting element of this new restaurant venture has been the addition of artisanal pizzas. Have you ever thought about what goes into creating the perfect pizza? The team spent months pouring over dough recipes to find the exact taste and texture they were looking for. And you know what? They found it! The result is a delicious pizza like you’ve never tasted. Be sure to try the Salsicca, which includes homemade fennel sausage, broccoli rabe and parmesan. And pairs perfectly with a selection of our local beers or craft cocktails.
With all that’s been going on at tesori, it’s hard to believe that the holidays are right around the corner. Those of you lucky enough to be attending the Nutcracker must be getting excited already. If you are looking for lunch or dinner options, tesori just may be just the place. In fact, show us your ticket stub and we’ll offer you a complimentary dessert. Being so close, many of our guests have been joining us pre- and post-performances at the Auditorium Theatre. If you plan on joining us before a show, just let us know when curtain call is and we’ll ensure you leave tesori so you can arrive with time to spare before the lights dim.
And don’t forget, if the holidays are near, that means New Year’s Eve planning isn’t far behind. Tesori has an amazing party planned. Our $85.00, 5-course tasting menu will end your year on a culinary high note. The festivities continue as popular Chicago entertainers Lynne Jordan and the Shivers perform to help countdown to January 1st. Once the confetti has fallen and the toasts have been made, end the evening with a complimentary Chicago Trolley ride to your doorstep, within a 3 mile radius. If you’ve already snagged a party invite elsewhere, know that you can join us for our first seating beginning at 5:00pm. This way, you can enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner before heading off to your celebration.
Tesori is located at the corner of Adams & Wabash. Click here for our contact information, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll see you soon.