The story of Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants began in Chicago in 1980 when Phil and his Uncle Lino opened their flagship restaurant, Stefani's in the heart of Lincoln Park, Chicago. Stefani's was created around family values of hard work, being fair and honest and serving authentic Italian food. The outstanding reputation of Stefani's led to the creation of Tuscany. The Tuscany restaurant locations include Chicago's Little Italy on Taylor Street and the surrounding suburbs of Oak Brook and Wheeling. Tuscany features homemade pastas, gourmet pizzas baked in wood-burning ovens, and tender veal grilled to perfection. All locations have options for private dining. They evoke the feelings of the comfortable trattorias for which Italy is famous.
The concept of Tuscany was transformed into a “quick service” model with the opening of Stefani’s Tuscany Cafe at 77 W. Wacker, headquarters for United Airlines. The Tuscany Café concept can also be found in The Shops at Northbridge on Michigan Ave as well as in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Luigi Stefani Pizzeria is a high quality, quick service option available at Midway Airport.
It was not long before Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants expanded to one of Chicago's most famous landmark destinations. In 1995 Navy Pier was completely renovated and became a destination spot for both Chicagoans and tourists. The Stefani operations at the Pier include Riva, a seafood and steak restaurant with spectacular views of the lake and the Chicago skyline; the Beer Garden, opened May through October for casual dining or outdoor parties; The Crystal Garden, serving private events and receptions year round in a glass enclosed atrium and the Chango Loco Bar and Grill, a casual café atmosphere for summer dining. Stefani’s also operates Chicago Signature Services, which is responsible for all food and beverage needs at the east end of Navy Pier, including the Grand Ballroom and the Rooftop Terrace.
Navy Pier is not the only place to catch one of Phil Stefani's outdoor dining pleasures. Now you can play golf and enjoy the wonderful food of Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants at Harborside International Golf Center located just south of downtown. If you love the lakefront, then head over to North Avenue Beach and enjoy Castaway's. Located on the boardwalk, it is the perfect beachfront restaurant to enjoy gourmet style burgers, salads and tropical sweets. If you are heading south, stop by Dockside Café or the Museum Campus Café which services over 1,000 boats. Both locations are located adjacent to Soldier Field and the Field Museum.
In March of 1998, Tavern on Rush opened in the heart of the exclusive Gold Coast area, just blocks away from the bars and nightlife found on Division and Rush Street. Tavern on Rush is an upscale, contemporary American steakhouse, featuring a sprawling bar, multi-level seating and an outdoor patio.
In June of 2000 Phil Stefani's 437 Rush was opened. Located at the corner of Rush and Hubbard Streets, Phil Stefani's 437 Rush is designed to echo the feel of an Italian Steakhouse. People are attracted to the busy bar scene, as well as the steak and seafood menu with an Italian accent.
As former chairman of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, Phil Stefani is very aware of the direct impact that business travelers and tourists have on the city of Chicago. This prompted Stefani Restaurants to join forces with Levy Restaurants at the largest convention center in North America, McCormick Place, resulting in the formation of Chicago Restaurant Partners in 2007.
Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants treats each and every customer and employee as a member of the family and because of the comfortable atmosphere the restaurants have continued to maintain a loyal following. All of our restaurants have attracted locals, celebrities, politicians and conventioneers.
Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants dedicates a great deal of time and money to giving back to the community, especially children's charities. In 1988, the company formed Stefani Children's Foundation. The Stefani Children's Foundation donates to many children's charities including Children's Memorial Hospital, Maryville Academy, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, Cystic Fibrosis, United Cerebral Palsy, Big Shoulders, and After School Matters just to name a few. Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants also holds their annual golf outing to help raise money for these children's charities.
The recipe that our team has created based upon food, family and tradition is truly a huge success. This recipe will be passed on to generation after generation and will continue in all future Phil Stefani Signature Restaurant ventures.