Al Primo Canto | River North | South American, Italian | Restaurant
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CLOSED. Downtown location of the Edgebrook galeteria.

Our Review

I’d had a memorable meal on a stormy night at the Edgebrook location of this Brazilian galeteria, so I was surprised and dismayed by the middling quality of the "endless feast" on offer at the new place, housed in the former Le Lan. For $29.95, you get starters, sides, three pastas, and three meats, including the marinated grilled young chicken that gives the restaurant its name. But will you really want all that? The hummus that started the meal was tasty, as were a simply dressed salad, grilled asparagus with white raisins, and light polenta sticks with Parmesan. And off the a la carte menu, oven-roasted calamari with green olives and beans would have been excellent if it hadn’t been so ridiculously oversalted. But the pastas were just OK, and the centerpiece of the meal was a low point, the steak tough and chewy and the oily chicken flavorless, though the lamb was respectable. Most dismaying were a couple of items that had been standouts on my earlier visit: cheese balls were lost under the pita wedges in the bread basket, and by the time we stumbled across them were cold and gluey rather than the airy morsels I recall. And my favorite dish the first time around, crisp twice-fried potatoes served with Gorgonzola sauce, turned up pallid and soggy. Service was alternately pandering and patronizing, and we were hustled out without an offer of dessert or coffee.

Kate Schmidt

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