Saturday, March 19, 2011


In December my friend, Rhonda, treated me to a very memorable lunch at Davanti Enoteca.  I really had no idea what to expect from the restaurant and was totally unaware she had planned to make our lunch outing a gift.  I've often thought about that meal...the food was outstanding and the company was even better!  I decided right then and there this was a favor I intended to return!  Rhonda celebrated her birthday this week and I surprised her with a celebratory lunch at Naha yesterday!
I have wanted to dine at Naha for years and considering the establishment was awarded a Michelin star in late 2010 it seemed like the perfect place to take my friend.  I think Rhonda was pleasantly surprised and we were both taken with the stunning dining room.  It was bright, airy and perfectly lovely.  We settled into our table near a wonderfully sunny window and started off by selecting a lovely pino noir.  The menu at Naha changes almost weekly and Rhonda began her meal with a broccoli rabe risotto and I enjoyed a seasonal root vegetable soup.  Both offerings were lovely and I was more than a little surprised by the generous portions, but if I was being critical I would have to say that my soup was a little under seasoned. 

Rhonda followed her appetizer with an Arctic Char, Bean Puree, Blood Orange and Butternut Squash offering and I selected a Quail, Carrot, and French Lentil dish.  Both offerings were memorable for both presentation and flavor.  Our luxurious lunch ended with some decadent birthday wishes!
Cheers to being the ladies who lunch! 
Rhonda, I hope all your birthday wishes come true.

500 North Clark
Chicago, Illinois

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