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Chicago is a hot dining destination, so be sure to make your reservations early if you want to experience some of the best restaurants while attending this year's NRA Show. Some of the country's best chefs and operators have opened buzzed-about new spots in the Windy City. This week, Restaurant Hospitality takes a look at 12 of the most notable.
53 W. Illinois St.
A modern approach to Italian cuisine is the mantra of this, the fifth restaurant from the children of restaurant impresario Richard Melman in the redesigned space that was Ben Pao. “This is not a red sauce Italian place,” says partner R.J. Melman. Chef Doug Psaltis heads the kitchen, which features a dozen fresh pastas, prime steaks, slow-roasted meats, wood-grilled branzino and a host of other handcrafted items. Dinner and late-night are RPM’s forte. Bill and Giuliana Rancic of the Style Network are partners.