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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC5 Street Team

Some business people have the ingredients for success.  They find something that works and try to duplicate it.  Restaurateur Jerry Kleiner is a perfect example of opening several restaurants very similar in style and experiencing a level of success.  His restaurants include Red Light, Carnival, Giocco, Marche and most recently 33 Club.  Those venues are located in the city, but Kleiner has ventured out to Hinsdale to open Il Poggiolo and is making his mark in the burbs.

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Il Poggiolo is located on the site of Hinsdale’s first silent movie theater and means “The Balcony”.    The interior is typcial “Kleineresque”, rich in colors including vibrant red upholstery.  The atmosphere is warm, classy, casual and elegant.  Big picture windows allow for a nice view of the outside.  Like a lot Kleiner restaurants the food is solid.  Nothing will really blow you away here, but dishes are nice, savory, and satisfying.  Favorites to consider are the Arancini (rice balls filled with mushrooms and taleggio) and the Pesce Spada con Caponata (sword fish, vegetables, raisins, pine nuts, capers).  The Lamb Shank special was good, but could have been a little more tender and their Risotto del Giorno with corn, leaks and mushrooms met, but didn’t exceed expectations.  The Pan Roasted Halibut and Pan Roasted Seabass rounded out other solid dishes.  The Fig Tart dessert was something special and comes highly recommended by yours truly.

Il Poggiolois a nice addition to downtown Hinsdale and should continue to provide Kleiner with a string of successful hot spots.  The vibe and location could make it a fan favorite for the locals.  Il Poggiolois located at 8 East First Street in the historic Harold R Zook building.   Log onto www.ilpoggiolohinsdale.com for more information.  Check out www.efete.net for more reviews on the newest and best restaurants in Chicago.

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Hungry Z, NBCChicago Street Team

The Italian language, it’s beautiful, sexy, some even call it the language of love. Even the simplest word or phrase sounds better in Italian. Translate “The Balcony” to “Il Poggiolo” and you have instant allure. Located in a former silent movie theater, the interior is the work of Chicago restaurant veteran Jerry Kleiner. Similar to the beauty of Opera and Marche, the bold décor features an overhanging balcony, rich woods, amber hued resins, oversized chandeliers, and vibrant red upholstery.IMG_2173

We all know not to judge a book by it’s cover, and Il Poggiolo proves to be more than just a pretty face. The restaurant showcases Italian fare by Executive Chef Jim Kilberg, and the focus here is simple and fresh. In fact most dishes feature only a handful of ingredients.

Two wonderful examples of this simple freshness are the Tagliata con Funghi Misti e Spinaci (wood fired New York strip with mushrooms and spinach), and the Branzino con rapini (pan roasted sea bass with rapini and anchovy sauce). Sliced on the bias and resting on top of a heavenly mushroom sauce, the steak satisfies even the most carnivorous among us. Roasted “skin on”, the sea bass’s crisp outside and flaky inside is sure to please those looking for more surf than turf.IMG_2181

Yes, everything sounds better in Italian. But when you add some substance to those words is when you find something truly special. Classy, stylish, and comfortable looks combined with fresh and distinct flavors equal a memorable dining experience. While “Il Poggiolo” is located in Hinsdale, one bite will make you feel as if you’re standing on a balcony in Florence.


8 East First Street

Hinsdale IL 60521


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