Since our kitchen was out of commission over the holidays, Laima’s Aunt and Uncle took us to dinner at Antico Posto, located at Oakbrook Terrace. Dark wood, wine bottles everywhere, white paper tablecloths, a nice atmosphere for an early dinner. At 4:30, the restaurant was nearly full, kind of a surprise.
Appetizers And Entrees:
The other end of the table opted for Veal Meatballs, apparently very good, but I chose the Mushroom Bianca pizza. Ricotta, portobellos, porcini pesto, baby arugula, truffle oil were a nice combination. The crust was a bit on the thin side to hold all the toppings, but folding the slices as we ate took care of that problem.
For my entrée, I decided to try the “Create Your Own Combination: Your Selection Of Three Gnocchi & Ravioli...” While I could have had three different kinds of pasta, I instead chose just two. I always like to try the Butternut Squash Ravioli, it’s different each place I’ve gone. Same typical ingredients (brown butter, candied walnuts, parmesan) as elsewhere, perhaps a bit too much butter. Antico Posto makes their gnocchi a bit differently, by using ricotta instead of potatoes as the binder, resulting in a much lighter gnocchi. The Mushroom Gnocchi (brown butter, truffle oil) were tasty, but I admit that I prefer denser, chewier gnocchi.
Laima ordered the Braised Beef Stuffed Shells (ricotta & mozzarella cheese, garlic tomato sauce, toasted breadcrumbs) from the Specials menu, and really enjoyed it.
Can’t go wrong with Louis Martini (Sonoma) – we opted for the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, which complemented all our choices.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte (creamy peanut butter, milk chocolate, Oreo cookie crust) was everyone’s first choice, and a good one it was. Sweet Cheese Tart with toasted almonds and sugared blackberries was a great choice as well; I actually preferred it.
Antico Posto is a nice option when you’re at the mall, along with the other Lettuce Entertain You restaurants. Decent food, nice décor, great wine list – definitely worth stopping in.
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