It was a rainy summer night when Brandy showed up in the lobby of the Radisson Blu in downtown Chicago, looking for all the world like a drowned rat, dripping water into the fine furniture. She had been invited to a dinner at Filini, the chic, elegant Italian restaurant inside the hotel, which had recently launched a new menu of authentic Italian cuisine, like house-made pasta and fresh seafood. "I'm going to need a cocktail and a hair dryer," she told one of the hostesses.
Brandy was mightily impressed, all in all, with everything Filini had to offer. The attention to tradition as well as a few modern twists meant that the vast majority of dishes would please just about any kind of diner, from foodies to someone just out for the night. In fact, Brandy had enjoyed the meal so much, she had forgotten all about the rain outside. "I was thoroughly convinced for a minute there that I was in a trendy restaurant in Rome on a balmy summer day... perhaps I'll stay here a while longer and have enough cocktails to convince me that really is where I am," Brandy mused.
The writers of this blog were invited to dine at this restaurant free of charge in order to facilitate the writing of this post.