233 N. Canal Street
By Dwight Casimere
With its sweeping views of the Chicago River and cityscape and its carefully curated list of menu favorites from Gibson's famed steakhouse on Rush Street combined with delicacies from the hillsides of Tuscany and Piemonte from its sister restaurant Quarto on North State, Gibson's Italia strikes the perfect chord for exquisite gourmet dining. From the moment of entering its stunningly sleek cocktail lounge area with its expansive well-stocked Premium bar to its upstairs dining room, the feeling is one of sheer luxury. Table placement in the ample dining room allows for intimate conversation and uninterrupted sight lines at every table. Besides the superb food there is an expertly assembled wine list. Knowledgable Sommeliers and servers carefully guide their patrons through the comprehensive list, which is heavily weighed toward select Italian vintages, suggesting wine and food pairings based upon their depth of experience.
Sommelier Robert Woodford was spot on with his selections of wine pairings. Starting with a glass and of Contratto Millesimato Prosecco from the Valdobbiadene in northern italy paired with the Chef's Crudo Selection of raw Bigeye Tuna with Oyster Crema, combined with Ora King Salmon and Hawaiian Kampachi, a type of native kimchee with fennel, serrano pepper, honey pearls, fennel fronds and hibiscus salt. It is a house specialty from Executive Chef Jose Sosa. Next came a combination platter of Mozzarella and 24-month aged Prosciutto di San Danille served with grilled housemade bread and compressed melon. To die for. A crispy Kale Salad finished table side served as the Intermezzo before plunging into the sumptuous Main Courses.
Service Manager Tee Efendija kept the massive dining room humming smoothly with the adroit steps of an Alvin Ailey dancer as the entrees arrived--Gibson's signature Grass-fed Australian New York Strip, aged a minimum of 75 days, a Gibson's exclusive, and thick Lamb Chops, grilled to perfection and served in their own juices.