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About Fornetto Mei - Flame Baked Pizza & Trattoria
Located between Michigan Ave & Rush St, Fornetto Mei is a Gold Coast gem offering a cozy & intimate atmosphere with authentic Italian dishes in an elegant venue. The décor conveys the classic elegance & grace of European style, with all the warmth & hospitality of the Midwest. Fornetto Mei offers fine dining with consistently delectable food accompanied by personalized service.
Visit us after a busy day of shopping on the Magnificent Mile or sightseeing around Chicago. NOTE: Visit our sister restaurant Mei's Corner serving Asian small plates located at 101 E. Delaware Place.
Chicago, IL 60611
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00am,
Dinner Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Michigan Avenue & Rush Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Full restaurant menu and catering menu. Contact Jamie Gonzalez, Sales & Catering Manager, 312-573-6209 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Valet parking: $15.00 for the first three hours.
Bus 151 or Chicago Avenue, Red Line, Subway: Chicago Ave & State St
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Full Catering Events, contact Jamie Gonzalez, Sales & Catering Manager, 312-573-6209 or email@example.com
Fornetto Mei offers a variety of unique and intimate private dining options - from our cozy Whitehall Place Lounge to our glass-enclosed Atrium and special event space on our second floor. Our dedicated Special Events Team will assist you in executing a flawless and memorable event.
Fornetto Mei - Flame Baked Pizza & Trattoria Ratings and Reviews
We visit Chicago once a year and go out of our way to eat here. This intimate restaurant is located at the Whitehall Hotel but you can toss out any preconceived notions about this being ordinary hotel food. It's reasonable prices and interesting menu present a far better experience. Choose anything on the menu. You can't go wrong. Don't skip dessert either.
This is a strange restaurant in a hotel and it was empty even during restaurant week. Our waitress got every course wrong and argued with us on what we ordered from the restaurant week menu. A 20% tip was included for a party of 5 and the service was terrible.
Thos waa one of those rare scenarios where the service was top notch and the food was even better, but the relative anonymity of the restaurant and chef provided a more intimate dining experience than we could have hoped for in one of the more popular areas in Chicago. I dont think it will remain this way for long.
The restaurant looks lovely but the service was inattentive and unfriendly. Worst of all, the food was terrible. Almost everything we ordered arrived cold despite the place being half empty. The calamari was so overcooked it was like rubber and inedible. The margherita pizza was cold and mediocre. My cocktail was straight whiskey and my girlfriend's tasted like cough syrup. The only thing we had that was good was the arancini. Not worth the price.
Went to Fornetto Mei last Thursday night with a Gilt City deal (and would come back without the deal). We each received a glass of house wine (one white, one red, both great sized pours!) and each were able to pick from the pizza listed on their menu. We chose the Quattro Formaggi and the Tre Carne, both of which we would definitely choose again. The meal was also started with warm and fresh bread, olive, oil, and parmesan cheese.
Overall, we had a great experience, the service was amazing and perfectly attentive, and a huge shout out to the woman making the pizzas, as they stole the show! I would highly recommend coming here. The atrium is great for people watching outside and beautiful seeing the Christmas lights up. Could also see it as a great space to hold an event with drinks and pizza.
There was only one other person there! I think that is why they seemingly gave us instant coffee rather than make a fresh pot just for us, especially since I was drinking de-caf. The food was sensational, On time, tasty and fresh.If you ever want true tarimusu, this is the place to go!
Revisted this neighborhood gem. They have a new chef and the food is excellent. The chef redid the menu which was an improvement. Very few people in the restaurant. But I think the service would have been excellent anyway. The restaurant is dark and romantic. We sat right behind the wood fired pizza oven, which made it seem romantic. In addition to the regular menu, you can order from the pizza bar menu.
Well let's start with when we entered the restaurant the manager was behind the bar and yelled just sit wherever. Not what you hope for at these prices. We than waited 10 minutes before menus were brought to us. The server was
Slow and inattentive. Once we placed our order it took forever.
We had the bolognese which wasn't a true bolognese more like meat sauce, and short rib polenta, the polenta was like mush. I would avoid this place!
I ordered the Lemon Rosemary Roasted Chicken, and it was by far the smallest chicken leg I've ever seen in my life. It tasted okay, but the proportion was extremely small, and there were no additional foods/side-dishes served with the tiny portion of chicken. I ended up going out afterwards to get more food. For 24 dollars, I expected a much larger portion of food
Pleasant surprise. We were a little confused about where the entrance was but once we found it we were so happy. The three of us shared a traditional Caesar salad. It was served in a crispy parmesan bowl. We had the veal meatballs in red sauce. Best sauce we've had in ages! We also enjoyed the pork Bolognese and the chicken piccatta. The service was warm and friendly. Being able to have a dinner where we could talk without shouting was wonderful!
I like going to Fornetto Mei because you can count on quality food delivered with attentive service. I realize not everyone likes grapes and sausage on their pizza, but their signature pizza which also has goat cheese has just that...and it is a wonderful combination of sweet-salty-creamy on the palate!
Fornetto Mei is nestled into The Whitehall Hotel, a hidden gem on a tree-lined street of Chicago's Gold Coast. After passing the threshold and strolling through the lounge/bar a sense of time travel encapsulates the mind and transcends the experience to another era. One of mahogany memories and speakeasy splendor. The romantic dining hall boasts a "beautiful little pizza oven," and is exceptionally quaint.
The menu showcased seasonal ingredients and the wine list was simply perfect to select from for the food offered. We started with veal meatballs and mushroom bruschetta; both delicious and perfect portion sizes. Chef Steve's short ribs and polenta was a dish that I wanted to savor for many moments. In fact, I may or may not have licked the plate clean. The tasty and tender meat melted into the creamy polenta and was accented by a hearty au jus. Truly soul food and a dish worth spotlighting.
A lovely Chicago Restaurant Week prix fixe experience that left me craving a return to taste the remainder of this season's menu.
Fornetto Mei is definitely worth considering as your next spot for a romantic date, a small celebration or an intimate conversation with a friend.
The beef tips were inedible - poor quality meat and odd seasoning. The meat was surrounded by a watery pool of tasteless polenta. Tried the cheese plate and bisque which I would not recommend either. I had severe stomach pain for the next 24 hours and would never eat there again, even for free. The restaurant was 95% empty on a Friday night at 7:30. The adjacent bar had a loud group of people but, other than that, the place was nearly empty.
Food was good, service was not the best. Had to ask for our water to be filled twice, waited fifteen minutes for Soloman (our waiter) to pick up the bill. Then we are asked to change tables so the hostess can sit a large party at our table. There were at least ten empty tables, four occupied. Unbelievable!
Overall, this place was okay possibly even leaning to sub par. The ceiling was leaking near the bar, there was no host to advise that you could sit wherever you wanted, the dessert we ordered was supposed to come with a cookie at the bottom of the ice cream and the waiter never told us that they were all out. The pizza and wine were both to our liking though.
Loved the quaint location and immediately look at plates as you walk in...even the pizza looked simply amazing! We all got something different so we could taste and I had the best bolognese. Even ate leftovers later than night cold and it was still good (don't judge me :-)). Will surely return with friends or for a date night!!
My sister and I went to Fornetto Mei's as a girls' night in Chicago during Restaurant Week. We had a slightly difficult time finding the restaurant seeing as there is the Asian Mei Restaurant right next door and it is located inside the hotel with minimal signage.
We were seated immediately and had a wonderful table near the fire. The music and atmosphere was absolutely wonderful.
We ordered the caesar salad and brushetta for our first course. Both of which were fantastic!
Second course we ordered the seafood risotto, which was also excellent and cooked perfectly. However, the scallops were slightly overcooked and I would have preferred them to be seared.
The third course we finished with molten lava cake...but there was no lava!!! There was no ooey gooey center and the cake tasted too eggy. But the raspberry sauce was to die for.
Overall, I am not sure I would order those last 2 items again, but I would attempt a second visit.
This used to be a favorite neighborhood go-to spot. Friendly and efficient staff with great pizza and overall menu. The menu is now only a portion of what it was. The food mediocre and the manager is not well versed in management and customer satisfaction. We waited for our appetizers for 30 min. 45 for bread and an additional 30 for our meals, one of which was cold. They offered us ONE free dessert, which we declined, so they took off one glass of wine. Sorry, won't be going back any time soon. Stop trying to sell bottles of wine and improve the restaurant!
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