Cauliflower Steak

Treadwell’s Travels – Davanti Enoteca – Western Springs, IL


Wanting to try a place that I have not tried before, became the inspiration for trying Davanti Enoteca, an Italian Restaurant, located in Western Springs, Illinois.

Walking in, right away I liked the energy and look of comfort of the dining room and bar. Seeing that my favorite position at the bar (I always choose a seat at the bar closest to the far end) was available, I immediately felt this was the place to be. A single bartender for the bar and the large bar area seating, made me wonder how the service would be?

The bartender was very efficient, and she seemed always in motion, although spread way to thin to offer Fabulous service, had she been capable of doing so. In fact, her personality seemed as though she wasn’t capable of offering Fabulous, personalized service, even if I had been the only person in the restaurant. After perusing the wine list and ordering my first glass, she returned serving the smallest pour of wine I have ever seen in my entire life of dining out.

I’m assuming she is beyond efficient at saving money for the company, since she obviously could squeeze more glasses of wine out of one bottle, than I ever thought possible. The wine list was good, pricey, especially for the pour, although enjoyable. I began with a Cheese and Meat Board that matched the continuing theme, pricy and scarce, especially the cheese offerings. I have never seen 3 pieces of cheese cut so small for a cheese board? On the other hand, the amount of Prosciutto was far more than adequate. The selections were all good, just not enough for the price, especially for the pricier “large” cheese board, as opposed to the lower priced one.  Maybe I should have requested less meat, and more cheese?

The Burrata was very good although not Fabulous. The Cauliflower Steak, was grilled to perfection, flavorful, and Fabulous. However, the Brussel Sprouts, topped with an over-easy egg, gave the Cauliflower some stiff completion for best dish.

A salad of Peas And Fava Beans was an excellent addition to a Fabulous Fare. One redeeming gesture from the barmaid, was a complimentary glass of Lemonchello at the end of the meal, although it appeared to be a homemade imitation that was a waste of calories.

Davanti Enoteca is a place I would like to return, since the food was Fabulous. Although there is a pause of concern regarding the service.