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The Florentine, The Loop

by Krista

Florentine Menu
The Florentine
151 W Adams

Date of Last Visit: Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Victims: Gals from work

The Damage: I put in $35 for my $8 soup and my $14 ravioli and my Arnold Palmer that had to have been less than $4.  So let’s say $26. Plus 10% tax and 18% tip equals $30.68 max. $33.28.

The Background: It’s nice to get out of the office. And NOT talk about work. We’ve been trying to do that, so last Tuesday’s field trip was to The Florentine, the newish Italian in the downtown Marriott.

It’s one of those things…I work in The Loop, but I rarely stray more than three blocks from the office when it comes to lunch. And I rarely if ever go south of Monroe. So to go to Adams…WOW. Big news.

The Entrance: The Florentine is on the 2nd floor of a soulless cookie-cutter US Marriott. Hey, I’ve stayed in a lot of Marriotts. They’re fine. People who probably don’t stay in a lot of hotels probably think they’re great. For me though…they’re big and soulless. So I’m somewhat surprised when we enter The Florentine and it’s LOVELY. It does have soul. The light is entering the windows JUST SO and there’s a happy buzz about the place.

Florentine SoupThe Food: It took us a while to flag down our server and place our orders, but after that, things went remarkably quickly. Almost too quickly. My tomato soup was HUGE and very good. I should have just had this. But no, I had to order a main as well.

Ravioli at The FlorentineI had the ravioli…English Pea Ravioli with oil cured tomatoes, garden peas, and fiore sardo. Sounds great, doesn’t it? And looks pretty too, right?

Too bad the pasta was served practically RAW. As in crunchy. I really should have sent it back. Really.

The Verdict: Liked the setting. Liked the soup. But the pasta…meh.

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Caterham Business (@CaterhamHill) (@CaterhamHill) July 22, 2011 - 11:04 am

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Bob July 22, 2011 - 11:17 am

26 + 2.60 + (26*.18) = $33.28.

Krista July 22, 2011 - 12:45 pm

Obviously why I’m not an accountant.

Red Apron Reviews (@redapron) (@redapron) July 22, 2011 - 6:54 pm

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us socials July 25, 2011 - 2:27 am

Don’t mind the cost, focus on the restaurant. Like the design, the food and people as well. Thanks!

GastroStu July 25, 2011 - 7:13 am

It’s a shame that pasta wasn’t any good as it looks really tasty. But no use looking pretty if the taste/texture’s no good 🙁

Kovas September 6, 2011 - 3:35 pm

I had the the Butternut Squash Caramelle (candied walnuts, brown butter, sage, amaretti) when I went – unbelievably tasty pasta, but I think their menu undergoes periodic changes, so it may not be available.

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