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“great place for lunch”
Review of Terzo Piano

Terzo Piano
Ranked #350 of 10,104 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Michigan Ave
Description: Located in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, Terzo Piano is a must-stop for lunch, brunch, and after-work cocktails or dinner on Thursday evenings. The restaurant features the signature cuisine of Chef Tony Mantuano, who has been delighting Chicagoans for years at the four-star Italian restaurant Spiaggia. Chef di Cucina Carolina Diaz uses fresh, local, organic, and sustainably produced ingredients to create seasonal lunch, dinner, and dessert menus with a Mediterranean flair. The menu is complemented by Cathy Mantuano’s wine list, featuring top American producers alongside Old World favorites. Terzo Piano is committed to serving local and regional organically grown produce and farm-raised meats and poultry. Everything produced in the kitchen is made from scratch—it’s part of how we offer guests the highest-quality, most flavorful meals every day.
Reviewed November 17, 2012

whenever we visit Chicago we have lunch at Terzo Plazo at the Chicago Art Institute. reservations are usually a good idea, if weather permits lunch on the terrace is lovely. Food is well prepared and a good value. Definately recommended.

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Thank Mary Ellen S
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

This restaurant located in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago affords a uniquely pleasant dining experience. The Modern Wing itself in an architectural beauty by noted architect Renzp Piano. The restaurant inside designed by Dirk Dennison is marvelous place to relax and enjoy find dining and a glass of wine after, or hopefully, while also visiting the incomparable art in the museum.

The chef incorporates fresh farm products and cheeses and fish preparations are usually tender and flavorful.

Lare families may wish to economize by visiting the museum's downstairs cafeteria. Terra Piano caters to adult tastes.

Don't miss a chance to enjoy special dinners offered with select evening museum events.

Reservations should be made in advance.

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Thank joesChicago
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

The menu is a joke. Way too many pretentious adjectives. Food way overpriced, $17 for a few spinach leaves with chicken paste and half an ounce of parmesan. Avoid-

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Thank amenophis
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Walking from Millennium Park on a foot bridge to the Art institute. At the end of the bridge - there, serendipitously, was Terzo Piano (quiet garden). And we had missed breakfast.
Maître d’ informed us they never take walk ups. But we were there before her expected lunch rush so she would make a rare exception.
Alcohol is served.
Open, airy, white, panoramic windows, comfortably spaced seating.
Waitress was knowledgeable and engaging. Willing to make recommendations. Creative and short menu. My teenage son had the most wonderful bowl of tomato soup.
I had the goat cheese stuffed lamb-burger. My first. It was great and came with a big plate of good crisp fries. Wife had veggie burger and loved it. Son wasn't all that hungry and the soup sated him for a couple hours.
Most excellent and unique desserts and good coffee finished us off.
If your choices don’t include fries, I encourage you to purchase the small á la carte plate ($4) just to try the home made ketchup. It is wonderful.
Excellent food, excellent service. Moderately high prices justified by their commitment to locally grown organic fare.
A bit less than $27@ total for entrée, dessert, and coffee. Plus tip. We had no appetizer.
Peaceful and quiet with a casually formal feel - not ideal for toddlers or raucous celebrations.
Highly recommended. Get reservations (an Art Institute restaurant). Fun – great city view.

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Thank Benjamin P
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

As admirers of Renzo Piano, we booked a table here out of curiosity. We had also heard about the splendid views.

Even with a reservation for lunch we were seated way in the back against a partition with almost no view, or a bit of a view for one of us while the other faced the wall. When we requested a table with a better view we were again asked if we had a reservation and then had to wait until some other unsuspecting guests came to take our table and we were moved to the central area. The abundant light in this restaurant is really lovely and the views are all right. Chicago is a beautiful city.

The restaurant prides itself on its use of local products, and this is indeed commendable. However, what happens next is also important. My lamb burger filled with fresh goat cheese arrived both overcooked and lukewarm, as if it had been prepared an hour before and left beneath a feeble heat lamp. It was accompanied by a large amount of french fries, basically a burger and fries plate for $19. My husband ordered the chick pea and veggie burger which he describes as "exceptionally ordinary" at $17. We both had a beer. This was good.
The total bill was $64 including a $10 tip. Was it worth it remains questionable.

This brings me to the floor show. The chairs in this restaurant, in keeping with its modern style, are white plastic and have a curious crescent shape cut out of the lower back. This causes the sitter's posterior to bulge out of it, and if the sitter's proportions are of ample size makes for quite an amusing sight. Beware!

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