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“Casual, elegant and great food”
Review of Fornetto Mei

Fornetto Mei
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Ranked #1,040 of 9,668 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: US$40 - US$60
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Magnificent Mile
Cross street: Michigan Avenue & Rush Street
Transit: Bus 151 or Chicago Avenue, Red Line, Subway: Chicago Ave & State St
Las Vegas
Level 6 Contributor
86 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Casual, elegant and great food”
Reviewed 3 July 2013

Had a business dinner here after a longgg travel day. All I can say is excellent wine, entrees, and service for myself and three dinner companions. A cozy restaurant where there are no "bad" tables.

Visited June 2013
Thank Anna W
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Buffalo, NY
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Consistently good”
Reviewed 4 March 2013

I come to Chicago once a year and always have a meal here. The menu is interesting and the food is always very good. I love their thin crust pizza cooked in a wood-fired pizza oven. Delicious!! In winter months, very cozy by their fireplace.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank da91
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Tijuana, Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
188 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Lovely Christmas Day Dinner”
Reviewed 3 January 2013

Arriving in Chicago on Christmas Day created a challenge to find somewhere to have a nice meal since most places are either closed or prepare only set menu holiday fare that often times is mediocre at best. Formetto Mei was a very pleasant exception to the rule...even though they are located in a hotel and could be expected to do the minimum for their captive audience, they went out of the way to prepare a lovely meal that was not only delicious but very reasonably priced. The room itself is cozy and inviting with a roaring fireplace at one end; service is attentive and the food was prepared well. The meal consisted of lobster bisque and house salad for everyone with a choice of three entrees: rack of lamb, rib-eye steak or crab/lobster ravioli (price determined by entree choice and ranged betwen 30-45 dollars). There were two choices for dessert: chocolate lava cake or apple/vanilla crepes...both delicious. Price of meal also included coffee, water and soft-drinks. A basket of warm, home-made bread and butter also was included.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Michael B
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Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Cozy Place Near All the Action”
Reviewed 10 December 2012

This place was about a half block away from the Hancock Tower. The food was good and reasonably priced. The decor and the ambience were nice. The service was good, but they brought out the salads and main courses at odd times. Also, they added the tip to the bill - watch for that. I was fine with the amount of the tip, but the waiter didn't point it out.

Visited December 2012
Thank BillLouisville
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Cleveland, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
94 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Love this place! Always good and never expensive.”
Reviewed 19 November 2012

I eat here whenever I want a great meal in Chicago and I don't want to blowout my credit card. It is always relaxing without the huge chatter that many Chicago restaurants are known for.

The Sausage, Goat Cheese and Grape Pizza is absolutely awesome. Sometimes it's my appetizer, sometimes it's my entree. Thin crust and a very satisfying savory/sweet taste. Inventive pasta dishes are never expensive. Love the Ox Tail Gnocchi. The wine list is small but has some really good values.

Located in the Whitehall Hotel, on Delaware, less than a block west of the Hancock Building. It's an easy walk from anywhere on the Mile.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank tcobett
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