Mar 14, 2024 - Food and Drink

Hot new St. Regis Hotel restaurant brings Tuscany to Chicago

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Tre Dita in the St. Regis offers stunning views of the lake and river. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

An opulent Tuscan steakhouse opened in the St. Regis Hotel this week, serving central Italian fare with sweet views of the lake and river.

The big picture: Tre Dita, helmed by celebrated Los Angeles chef Evan Funke (Felix Trattoria and Mother Wolf), is the second hotly anticipated restaurant in the luxury hotel after 11th-floor sushi spot Miru's opening last year.

Fun fact: The new Lettuce Entertain You restaurant's name means three fingers, aka the ideal thickness of an Italian steak.

On the menu: Big steaks, handmade pasta ($24-$32), freshly baked focaccia ($11-$12) and lots of small plates ($12-$28) including braised short rib meatballs, fried gnocchi, stuffed squash blossoms and marinated anchovies.

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Crispy fried zucchini blossoms filled with ricotta at Tre Dita. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

What they're saying: The food reflects "the stories of the people that I've learned from in Tuscany," Funke told Axios at an opening night party Wednesday. "I want to present Tuscan food in the most authentic and respectful way possible, and I hope Tuscany finds a home in Chicago."

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Chef Evan Funke slicing thick Tuscan steaks at Tre Dita on Wednesday night. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

Chef recs: "The schiacciata bianca, my focaccia topped with just fried rosemary, sea salt and olive oil, the bistecca Fiorentina (steak Florentine) and the tagliatelle ragú bianco."

Spotted: Opening night guests included actor Jim Belushi, former Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Ald. Bill Conway, State's Attorney candidate Eileen O'Neill Burke, chef Jean Joho and former Chicago Tribune dining critic Phil Vettel (who consulted on the restaurant).

What's next: So far they are presenting food and drinks from the bar menu, but the full restaurant experience is expected to launch soon.

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