Restaurant to be headed by Michelin-starred chef, Soon Ahn
Adalina, a modern Italian restaurant led by Michelin-starred Chef Soon Ahn, will open in Chicago’s Gold Coast district June 21. Partners Phil Siudak, Matt Deichl, Miles Muslin and Jonathan Gillespie are bringing the vision of Adalina to life.
Ahn previously worked at Band of Bohemia. She’s joined by Jean Banchet Award-winning pastry chef Nicole Guini, formerly of Blackbird and Avec, along with chef de cuisine Sam Rosales, formerly of Monteverde. The menu will reflect “classic Italian flavors while striving to excite patrons with unique interpretations of familiar favorites,” announced the partners.
Guests will experience the culinary journey in dishes like the Cacio E Pepe Arancini, Porcini Raviolo, Lumache, and Salmon Vesuvio.
“We have built an amazing culinary and hospitality team that is singularly focused on the guest experience,” said Siudak. “We feel grateful to have this talented team in place to complement the surrounding restaurants, Our industry has taken a hard turn during the past year, but we are optimistic about the resilience of Chicago and excited to offer a new concept for our neighborhood to enjoy.”
At Adalina, the wine will be flowing, given that there are 400 different bottles of wine at any given time. The restaurant’s beverage program is led by beverage director Derek Alexander and head sommelier Alexandra Thomas. Classic craft cocktails and Italian libations are enhanced with fresh ingredients, and newly-imagined drinks will also be served.
Colored antique mirrors offset moody lighting, while velvets and florals are juxtaposed with deep blues and clean lines, notes the announcement. The restaurant will also feature a grand mural, dramatic staircase, and a custom Italian chandelier with 150,000 crystals.
Adalina will operate from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Monday through Friday, an Aperitivo runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Open Table will fulfill reservations.
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