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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.

Salmon Dish

Salmon Dish

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

Marc Brooks should know a little bit about Hyde Park, seeing as he grew up there.  He also knows a little about restaurants, because he and restaurateur Jerry Kleiner collaborated on a hot concept in the South Loop last year and opened Room 21. 

This time around, Marc wanted to bring a concept back to the neighborhood where he grew up and currently resides, so he and Kleiner once again collaborated and opened Park 52.  Located in the heart of Harper Ct., Park 52 is described as an upscale American bistro.  The menu boasts a nice selection of salads, fish, pasta, and meat dishes. The clientele represents the diversity of Hyde Park, and the vibe is a chilled laid back atmosphere. 

The specialty cocktails are unique and prepared by their mixologists, but you must try the Parakeet by Mariah Naella.  Get an inside look at Park 52 on Fete Select TV below.  See other restaurant reviews at http://www.efete.net/select.html

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