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Inside Nico Osteria, Paul Kahan's New Chicago Restaurant

Photo: Marc Much / Eater Chicago
Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

Last week, James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Kahan threw open the doors at his latest Chicago restaurant Nico Osteria at the new Thompson Hotel. Eater Chicago takes a look inside, and finds a space with floor to ceiling windows and a large open kitchen with bar seating designed by Tara Bernard. Materials in the restaurant range from "reclaimed industrial pipes to plush velvet fabrics to a living wall." Chef Erling Wu-Bower's menu has an Italian inspiration, with house-made pastas and regional Italian seafood dishes. Pastry chef Amanda Rockman (formerly of L20) is serving desserts like Nico Torte with saboyan, pumpkin, and roast plums and a Chocolate Budino with hazelnut nougat and banana gelato. Also located on the ground floor of the Thompson Hotel is Salone Nico, which has a separate bar, couches, and lounge seating.

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Nico Osteria

1015 N. Rush St., Chicago, IL