There are some restaurants you walk into and immediately feel at home, Vistro is one of them. Located in Hinsdale, IL this bistro-style space feels rustic and spacious with big windows that welcome you from the outside and shower you with relaxed, natural light on the inside. There was an incredible amount of love put into the space. From the exposed brick and the black and white tiling, to the cozy bar stools and what I like to call 'the chef's table' right next to the Italian wood fired oven where you can watch all the action happen... Vistro offers a comfortable spot for everyone.
This is Chef Paul Virant's third restaurant that he has opened in the Chicagoland area. It has quickly become known for bringing fine dining to the whole family. If you've been to Vie in Western Springs or Perennial Virant in Lincoln Park, you can imagine the excitement I had for the upcoming menu at Vistro. When I came in for the shoot, Chef Vinny was happy to provide a delicious variety of food for me.
The shot list included: the Seasonal Pizza with house pepperoni, giardiniera, tomato, mozzarella and parmesan, the Harvest Salad with massaged kale, pumpkin, shaved carrots, sweet onions, crispy wheat berries, cranberry vinaigrette and honey crisp apples, the Roasted Pumpkin Soup with maple créme fraiche and amaretti and last, but definitely not least, their Dry Aged Griddled Burger with bacon, roasted onions, pimento cheese, fries and of course, pickles.
Each dish that came out had my mouth watering and I even got to take the gorgeous Seasonal Pizza home with me, a lucky perk of being a food photographer. Who knows, maybe if I'm really lucky, I'll be asked to come shoot again.
All Images © Regan Baroni 2014.