Livia Italian Eatery
Hand-crafted tastes of southern Italy in the heart of Elmhurst
Building on the success of its Geneva location, Livia Italian Eatery is bringing the flavors of southern Italy to downtown Elmhurst. The new location — the fifth venture for local restaurateur Brian Goewey — was formerly home to Café Amano (116 Schiller St., 630 402-6195).
Executive Chef Matthew Schmuck crafts dishes that blend choice ingredients — wild mushrooms, pork belly, and lump crab among them — with classic recipes.
Generous small plates, meant to be shared, include veal meatball sliders and East Coast oysters drizzled with drawn butter barbeque sauce. A greens & grains menu offers beet salad with goat cheese and a quinoa creation with blackened salmon and butternut squash.
Early favorites among the main dishes are the hoisin pork chops with whipped potatoes and the Gorgonzola-encrusted New Zealand lamb chops. A pan-blackened grouper is among the seafood options, and pasta dishes can be tailored for gluten-free or vegetarian preferences.
Livia seats 145, with a chef’s table, a full bar and seasonal outdoor tables.Edit Module