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Always a premiere dining destination, the Windy City has seen an unusually large number of new restaurant openings in the past year, reflecting a robust economy and pent-up demand. Italian and seafood concepts seem to dominate, with some Asian and American comfort food thrown in the mix. Here are the latest openings in or near downtown.
671 N. St. Clair St.
The Rosenthal Restaurant Group chose a Venetian accent for its latest full-service concept. A minimalist contemporary, sustainably “green” decor provides a dramatic backdrop. Small plates are showcased, including cobia and aged hanger steak carpaccios. Other options include a range of pastas, risottos and entrees like an aged trio of duck (breast, sausage and confit) and Venetian seafood stew.