Elegant expressions of Italy abound in the Windy City, from must-book restaurant tables and staycation reservations to discerning designers and more. Herewith, a selection of Canali-curated favorites to enjoy around town.
Photo of Zucca pappardelle by Matt Haas/courtesy of Spiaggia
While there’s no shortage of fine Italian dining in the Second City, Mag Mile institution Spiaggia (980 N. Michigan Ave. 2nd Fl., Suite 1, 312.280.2750) never ceases to impress (to wit: rock royalty Mick Jagger was recently spotted at the Michelin-starred resto, which also counts the Obamas as well-documented, notable patrons). Helmed by chef and partner Tony Mantuano—and counting Joe Flamm as executive chef—the see-and-be-seen spot wows with offerings like black truffle, ricotta and Parmigiano-Reggiano gnocchi and a spectacular wine list.
Menswear trends come and go (see: male romper), but stellar suiting endures. So it goes for Canali, the Italian outfitter that has cut sharp silhouettes for men since 1934, articulating a one-of-kind Italian artistry realized through impeccably tailored suits, blazers and more. Shop their selection at Nordstrom (55 E. Grand Ave., 312.464.1515) to prep your spring transitional threads—or bolster your winter wardrobe (this is Chicago, after all).
Photo courtesy of Villa D'Cita
A Chicago-style Eurotrip is but a reservation away at Villa D’Citta (2230 N. Halsted St., 312.771.0696), an Italian-style bed & breakfast channeling la dolce vita in Lincoln Park. With aptly monikered suites (rooms include the Venetian, Florencia and Milan suites) and authentic eats like Tuscan potatoes and European frittatas, a litany of flourishes await you—without hopping the pond.
Photo by Marc Woodcock/courtesy of Boffi
Amping up your abode? Cull your #InteriorInspo with an afternoon at the Boffi showroom (309 W. Superior St., 312.787.2323) in the River North Design District, where the home visionary showcases its heralded craftsmanship with stunning setups. From high-end kitchen to bath concepts and more, the lauded Italian interior designer hits all the right angles.
When it comes to opulent autos, few names rival Lamborghini and Maserati. Admire the style, sophistication and sizzle of these Italian imports at Perillo Bentley Gold Coast (834 N. Rush St., 312.280.4848), whose inventory of rarefied wheels is enough to stop any window shopper in their tracks. Talk about haute horsepower.