Sarah Grueneberg’s debut on West Madison Street
Sarah Grueneberg, who finally opened her own kitchen after a long stint as executive chef at Michigan Avenue’s Michelin-starred Spiaggia.
Any of the pasta dishes, which range from classics like spaghetti crowned by truffles ($20) to Grueneberg’s own playful creations, including a wok-fried arrabbiata tossed with Gulf shrimp ($16).
A heady mix (echoing the food) of classic Italian Negronis and fresh creations like an apple and cinnamon shrub with apple balsamic, aged rum, and pilsner.
The pastificio on a raised platform behind the bar, where guests can watch the chefs rolling pastas into every imaginable shape. (monteverdechicago.com)