BORN & RAISED IN ITALY
Restaurant owner, Stefano Casati and Chef, Christian Fantoni aim to bridge the gap between fine dining and fast-paced restaurants, offering prime quality food at a great price point to introduce Chicagoans to the real tastes of Italy. The duo certainly has the pedigree for the task. Both grew up in Italy and started learning the art of Italian food early in their childhood. They then came to America and earned their chops working for several prestigious restaurants. This helped them understand how to give American food lovers what they want while staying true to their Italian roots. The Casati family dates back to 1120 showcased here in the original family crest.
Chef Fantoni’s experience includes one year at Le Bernadin and four years at Le Cirque in New York, cooking for holiday parties with chefs Mario Batali and Michael White, and corporate chef experience with Portillo Restaurant Group. He also worked at RPM Italia (Chicago) and served as Executive Chef of Bice Restaurant, Filini Bar in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush, and Fiamma Osteria, where his revamped menu helped the restaurant maintain its Michelin star rating back in 2007.