Best Gay Dining in Chicago Boystown @ Taverna 750

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If you live here, I am sure you  know all about Taverna 750. For the LGBT visitor, sometimes you need to venture off Halsted to find our hidden gems. Some of our  favorite, neighborhood hotspots are  tucked away, just slightly off the gay-beaten path.  

Taverna 750 is one of the newest, brightest and now busiest restaurants in Boystown. After a near tear-down renovation of the property at 750 West Cornelia, a true gem of an establishment emerged just a stone throws away from the main gay drag. Since it’s opening in 2011, critics have consistently voted Taverna750 such accolades as Best Italian Restaurant, Best Hidden Gem, Best Date Restaurant, Best Brunch and Best Sidewalk Café in Boystown Chicago.  Taverna 750 is a blend of old-school, family recipes and Italian hospitality perfectly mixed with a today’s metropolitan flair and understanding of distinctive cuisine, crafted cocktails, décor and ambiance.

Owner Paul D. Cannella credits much of his inspiration to his Grandfather and Uncle’s classic Italian restaurant. Chicagoan’s enjoyed the downtown spot on Grand Avenue for several decades.  Paul and his talented team tweak family recipes to a new culinary perfection and locals agree the tastes and flavors are spot on.  Cannella does not prefer labeling Taverna750 as a tapas restaurant. It quickly becomes clear as plates arrive that the portions served are larger than one usually receives at many small plate eateries.  The plate sharing and placing dishes in the center of the table has been encouraged by staff and embraced by guests. “I think because everyone wants to sample and try as much as possible, and that’s a good thing, plenty of sharing goes on here!” says Cannela.

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Expect delicious, fresh and unexpected nightly food and drink temptations.  Regular house staples and crafted cocktails change seasonally.  Don’t expect food, wine and cocktail prices to break the bank! A meal enjoyed here is as affordable as memorable.  Saturday and Sunday offer weekend Champagne and Martini Brunch packages for $24-$27 that are hugely popular. The Martini Brunch includes two delicious courses, two 750 Specialty Martinis and LOTS of Champagne!  Brunch is served Saturday 11am-2pm and Sunday 11am-3pm. Dinner is served nightly from 6pm-11pm, Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.  Reservations are always highly suggested.

Everyone seems to agree, the food, the drinks, the decor and the staff are terrific. Check out all the positive YELP! reviews and be sure to add Taverna750 as a must-visit restaurant when in Boystown.  TAVERNA   750

Pssst….Patio Season is just around the corner and Taverna has one the most lush patios,  perfect for al fresco dining!