Chicago – It takes more than a great steak to make a great steakhouse. Gibsons Italia has an amazing pedigree and serves up world-class steaks in an extraordinary glass and steel environment.
The view down the Chicago River and skyline is so stunning that it defies description. Dining on the deck with massive buildings surrounding you and the moonlit Chicago River flowing beneath you is worthy of comparison to dining on the grand canal in Venice.
The restaurant does have Italia in its name so I opted for the nightly pasta special. It came with shredded truffle mushrooms sprinkled lavishly, pancetta, and a secret butter sauce blend (at least secret for me) that was nothing short of fabulous.
Gibsons Italia isn’t really an Italian steakhouse, it’s an urban masterpiece of architecture that offers creative Italian dishes, superb seafood, fabulous steaks and the best bar in town.
Gibson’s Italia covers all the bases. They even have fabulous French fries. Bravo Gibsons Restaurant Group for creating another classic. “Gibsons Italia” makes a not so subtle statement. “I am as good as it gets in Chicago.” I intend on becoming a Gibsons Italia regular.
The USDA determines this primarily based on marbling, but there are two factors they use to do this: quality grades for tenderness, juiciness, and flavor; and yield grades for the amount of usable lean meat on the carcass.
Prime beef is produced from young, well-fed beef cattle. It has abundant marbling (the amount of fat interspersed with lean meat), and is generally sold in restaurants and hotels. Prime roasts and steaks are excellent for dry-heat cooking such as broiling, roasting, or grilling.
Choice beef is high quality but has less marbling than Prime. Choice roasts and steaks from the loin and rib will be very tender, juicy, and flavorful and are suited for dry-heat cooking. Many of the less tender cuts can also be cooked with dry heat if not overcooked. Such cuts will be most tender if braised, roasted or simmered with a small amount of liquid in a tightly covered pan.