Located in the bustling Loop on the 2nd floor of the JW Marriott Chicago, The Florentine showcases modern, seasonal Italian cuisine, in a warm, inviting environment.
Characterized by elegant simplicity and paramount ingredients, the chef-driven menu boasts an extensive selection of classic antipasti, wood-fired, thin-crust pizzas, handmade pastas, and top imported Italian cheeses and meats. Desserts are modern interpretations of Italian classics, such as Tiramisu and Ricotta Cheesecake.
The Florentine offers a variety of draught beers, ciders, and craft cocktails alongside an affordable wine list, highlighting Italian and domestic wines. Diners can enjoy wine by the bottle or by the quartino (1/3 bottle).
Enjoy a variety of breakfast specialties daily, liven up weekend brunch with optional bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys, or drop in during the week to experience Italian Happy Hour at the bar.
Chef de Cuisine
Zachary Walrath learned to love the restaurant business at a young age. Between his father who worked for a food distribution company and his Grandfather who owned a local pizzeria, the business of food was an integral part of Zachary’s childhood. Tagging along with his dad on weekend food deliveries to local restaurants and working at his grandpa’s pizzeria offered him a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the inner workings of restaurants and he knew he wanted to be a part of it for life.
In 2006, Zachary moved to Chicago from his hometown of Rock Falls, Illinois to start culinary school and graduated with his Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. He gained experience working at various restaurants in Chicago and in 2010 he joined the culinary team at the newly opened Wit Hotel where he worked under Chef Todd Stein before joining The Florentine. As Chef de Cuisine, Zachary has developed his own unique approach to the menu, adding a bit of a contemporary touch to traditional Italian cuisine and incorporating influences and inspirations he finds while dining out at various restaurants in Chicago.
When he’s not in the kitchen or looking for inspiration at one of Chicago’s diverse restaurants, Zachary can be found cheering on the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears, whether winning or losing.