Panna cotta has long been a staple dessert on Italian menus around town, but is too often a half-hearted, gelatinous attempt by a kitchen without a pastry chef. Not so at Osteria Langhe. This new Piedmont-inspired Logan Square restaurant is the most authentic interpretation in the city for its smooth silky texture, closer to Chinese silken tofu than pudding, and sumptuous vanilla flavor. The accompaniments change each day, but on a recent visit, passion fruit coulis, fresh golden raspberries and Ossi di Morti chocolate hazelnut cookies elevated a humble Italian classic to new heights.
2824 W. Armitage, 773.661.1582, osterialanghe.com
Best of Chicago 2014