Food, wine share spotlight at Taste of Vino

Oct 5, 2008 Full story: The Doings Weekly 19

Taste of Vino in Western Springs is a dream come true for owner and Western Springs resident Tanya Hart.

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DJC

AOL

#4 Oct 22, 2008
My husband and I dined at Taste of Vino and did not have such a bad experience as the 3 reviews above. We thought they did have some opening jitters still to work out - but I had the chicken and it was very good. We would go back again.
Bill and Beth

United States

#5 Oct 25, 2008
The place is almost empty now and destined to fail for the same reason McGann's did across the street. People around here are pretty bright. They demand good food and service for their dollar. La Dolce Vita was a massive improvement over McGann's, and their expanded and full parking lot every night is a testament to that. We dined at TOV last night and saw no reason to go back for the food and service. They have a decent wine selection, but certainly no better than the wine shop across the street. TOV is mediocre at best.

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Bud McGencke

United States

#6 Oct 31, 2008
No cocktails, no TVs in the bar (on a night the Cubs AND Sox were in the playoffs....what PLANET are these people from? Have they heard of baseball in England?) and an incredibly LAME atmosphere. Food that's barely so-so, and the ugliest, unfriendliest bartenders ever. The night we were there it was full of old women sipping wine. Well la-de-frickin'-da! Oh thank heaven for 7-Eleven, where the "dining experience" is at least as good.

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Michelle

Darien, IL

#8 Nov 8, 2008
What a shame when a town in desperate need of a quality restaurant finally gets one, and people are too ignorant to appreciate it! TOV is just what W.S. needs! Not only is the cuisine original and delicious, the staff is extremely polite and very attentive. The atmosphere is comfortable yet lively. It is apparent that Ms. Hart and her staff takes tremendous pride in providing W.S. with a fine dining experience, which is exactly what I had and continue to hear only rave reviews from others. EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY AT TOV!

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Susan

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#9 Nov 11, 2008
We thought the staff was indifferent and the food was nothing special. Snackers has friendlier staff, Vie has far better food and La Dolce Vita has a far superior ambience. TOV is far too bright, far too noisy and far too gimmicky. Western Springs isn't this desperate. Michelle must be Tanya Hart's middle name. We haven't heard anyone "rave" about the "fine dining experience" at TOV. We know plenty who have tried it, but no one excited about giving them another try. Nice try, Tanya.

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Pmonty Public Relations

Schaumburg, IL

#10 Nov 14, 2008
Chicago's own, Bill Murray was seen dining last evening with friends at the newly opened Tanya Hart ' s Taste of Vino in Western Springs. Bill Murray will be appearing with Gary Sinise who come home to celebrate the USO Star Spangled Salute Gala at Navy Pier on Saturday, November 15th.
William M

United States

#11 Nov 17, 2008
Sorry, folks, but I was nowhere near Western Springs IL that night. It was my brother Brian, and I'm quite upset with the "PR firm" that claims I was there. Everyone except Brian agrees that I'm far better looking. I'll try to pop in the next time I'm out west. Do they serve Schlitz, or shall I bring my own?
Glass more than half full

Woodridge, IL

#12 Nov 18, 2008
I dine out 3-4 times a week throughout Chicago's and suburbia's nicer restaurants. I appreciate the effort of a neighborhood endeavor.
I have dined twice at TOV - finding the atmosphere unusually happy and buzzing - and the food and value quite good. I thought the menu was at first glance a bit ambitious for a bistro setting but the kitchen delivered on all dishes to our table. The pork in particular was perfect!!

Being a bit of a critic myself I cannot imagine how the self proclaimed food guru above could mistake this for pretentious cuisine? Another lost argument at home I suspect.

Have a fun night out and enjoy!

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Seafactor

Schaumburg, IL

#14 Nov 20, 2008
N-ville - muslim terrorist
Willie M - procured dates for Gov Clinton
Susan - pronounces McDonald's with a French accent
Bud M - wife made him go
A Zogby - truth from a pollster?

Someone risks and works hard to provide a friendly, warm, interesting dining environment and her reward is character assasination.
Ignore the peanut gallary TOV is great.
Jason Sajerkov

United States

#15 Nov 29, 2008
Dear Tanya, I mean Seafactor:

Sorry that the truth hurts. We found you to be quite pretentious and your food to be OK but barely above average....certainly nothing worth a repeat visit, but thank you for opening another wine shop....there are only about a dozen or two of those in a 5-mile radius, not counting the one across the street. You have a very nice selection of wine.

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Andy Griffith

Melrose Park, IL

#16 Dec 4, 2008
Mmmmm good.....not. If you love wine and are a female or gay male (nothing wrong with either...I'm just sayin'!), you'll like Taste of Vino. With the exception of date night, the crowd is 70-80 percent female, and the waiter covered in tattoos and body piercings is kind of creepy. Nice wine, though...and I heard THREE different waiters say "this could be the best burger you've ever had", so I'm guessing they're required to say that as part of a canned pitch. Anyway, I tried the burger with a beer and while it was massive and pretty good, I could think of at least 10 burgers I've had in Chicago alone that blow theirs away. Try the Ostrich burger (seriously, OSTRICH....really lean and flavorful) at Fuddruckers or the Prime Angus burger at Ruby Tuesday. No Comparison.

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Mike

Hinsdale, IL

#17 Dec 6, 2008
With a party of 25 last night - great staff, great service, great food.
DG foodie

Downers Grove, IL

#18 Jan 7, 2009
Try TOV for yourself before listening the angry mob's earlier comments. The wine is excellent and reasonably priced. The burger is one of the best in Chicago (and I have had plently Twisted Spoke, Moody's, RJ Grunts, the Country House, etc. I would put this up against any of those. The chicken is also excellent and goes well with a variety of wines.

Like I said, check it out for yourself.
Bob Bell

Melrose Park, IL

#19 Jan 12, 2009
Want to know what's included with their $12 burger? A side of garlic mayo.....eww. Country House's burger is FAR better, and that's hardly the best in Chi-town. Far too much noise, light and gimmickry, but maybe we're getting more selective as we get older. Wow....Twisted Spoke, Moody's and RJ's....have you been to any NICE places? I guess this place IS nicer than a DIVE.
DG Foodie

Arlington Heights, IL

#20 Jan 15, 2009
Bob Bell wrote:
Want to know what's included with their $12 burger? A side of garlic mayo.....eww. Country House's burger is FAR better, and that's hardly the best in Chi-town. Far too much noise, light and gimmickry, but maybe we're getting more selective as we get older. Wow....Twisted Spoke, Moody's and RJ's....have you been to any NICE places? I guess this place IS nicer than a DIVE.
Poor Bob...."but maybe we're getting more selective as we get older." To that end, maybe you should visit a country club for a burger. My mother is 73 and enjoyed TOV immensely. Again, Poor Bob...maybe you should stick places with a harp in the corner.
Schmenke Onja

Melrose Park, IL

#21 Jan 23, 2009
DG foodie goes on dates with his mother, then tells someone to dine at a country club and request a burger. How darling! We dined at TOV and found the food to be gross and the evening overpriced. The bathroom smelled disgusting. I've been to cleaner Texaco stations.
Carmen L

Whiting, IN

#22 Feb 6, 2009
What a sham of a website. Iím quite frankly amazed people could be so vindictive, salacious and blatantly lie about Taste of Vino; they must surely have ulterior motives or simply be jealous of their success.
I have been to Taste of Vino many, many times and have loved it. I have taken friends and they have loved it. The place is always packed so others must love it too. Thank goodness Tanya Hart is building her business by word of mouth and not by the idiots who use this website. The food is consistently great, the wine value amazing and the atmosphere rivals many a downtown vibe. I donít get whatís going on in this blog, but Taste of Vino is awesome, so ignore the naysayers, they havenít a clue. And noÖthis is not Tanya Hart.

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Jake

Amherst, MA

#23 Sep 29, 2009
My family and I have come here at least 4 times: twice for dinner, once for lunch, and once for takeout. Each time we have all been quite impressed with the quality and value of the food. I love the salmon with roasted mushrooms and spinach, a side of 3-cheese macaroni, and some roasted baby red potatoes! Glad to have your restaurant here in Western Springs, Tanya!
formerspringer

Downers Grove, IL

#24 Jan 2, 2010
WS benefits from the TOV bisto - for sure... given the demographics, any restaurant should be able to make a go of it - quite the comment on how BAD McGanns was managed...

Have been to TOV several times. Food is pretty good, is quite noisy - liked the bustling atmosphere... but Tanya herself was unfriendly, bordering on rude to my party first time I was there. I only went back because some other friends really wanted to go...I've heard similar stories from others about the unfriendly treatment...

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