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.
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.
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