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Italian at La Madia

Italian at La Madia

Gnocchi with housemade sausage, spinach and teardrop tomatoes Fresh, light and summery. Plus, the colors are so vibrant!
Gnocchi with housemade sausage, spinach and teardrop tomatoes Fresh, light and summery. Plus, the colors are so vibrant!

I didn't know La Madia existed until we looked for a yummy and uncrowded Italian restaurant in or around Streeterville.  And after going, I cannot believe I hadn't heard about this Italian (fusion) gem earlier (perhaps it was always overshadowed by the famous Spiaggia/Cafe Spiagga, the charming Volare or the new Flour and Stone).

Every dish is freshly made, including the pasta, which is a short, savory-looking list on the menu but a bowl of pillowy and delicate carbs when served.

Housemade lamb sausage fresno peppers, Caciocavallo cheese and mint pesto white pizza We avoided the burnt marks, but otherwise, we loved the tiny, spicy kick at the end of every bite. Plus, this pizza wasn't swimming in grease =)
Housemade lamb sausage fresno peppers, Caciocavallo cheese and mint pesto white pizza We avoided the burnt marks, but otherwise, we loved the tiny, spicy kick at the end of every bite. Plus, this pizza wasn't swimming in grease =)

By the way, La Madia is known for their wood fire pizzas, which are phenomenal appetizers to share.  However, sometimes one edge of the pizza may get a little too close to that fire so beware of the scorch marks.

Scottish salmon, farro risotto, creamed leaks, asparagus and chanterelle mushrooms This salmon was cooked perfectly with a light crisp on the outside and a gorgeous glisten on the inside. And the vegetables were surprisingly complementary to stunning protein.
Scottish salmon, farro risotto, creamed leaks, asparagus and chanterelle mushrooms This salmon was cooked perfectly with a light crisp on the outside and a gorgeous glisten on the inside. And the vegetables were surprisingly complementary to stunning protein.

La Madia is perfect for getting together with a group of friends or for a classy but not overly expensive date.

Tips: 

  1. La Madia is not very crowded on weeknights so it is definitely a good time to go.
  2. Our server was attentive in the beginning but once our food was served, he sort of disappeared on us.  If this happens, just wave another waiter over for whatever you need.
  3. La Madia also has lovely wine pairings so give those a try!
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A room of butterflies

A room of butterflies

3 charming Michelin stars at The Restaurant – Meadowood

3 charming Michelin stars at The Restaurant – Meadowood