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Restaurant News: Gluten Free Bakery Opens, Kanela Breakfast Club Opens Second Location

By Anthony Todd in Food on Feb 21, 2013 5:20PM

The interior of Senza.

- Senza, the gluten-free fine dining restaurant in Lakeview that opened last year, has just made life even better for those who avoid wheat. Now, in addition to dining on steak and foie gras at dinnertime, fans of Senza can buy a whole range of baked goods. Operating out of the same space (but in the mornings), the bakery will be selling gluten-free breads, cookies, english muffins and pastries. The bakery is open 9 a.m. - noon, Tuesday through Friday.

- Kanela Breakfast Club, the Lakeview brunch spot famous for their chocolate-bacon waffles, has opened a new location in Old Town. The restaurant's second location is co-owned by former Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (whose name you have seen on many a lawn sign) and will serve most of the same food. They'll have a wheat grass smoothie and a black bean burger that are exclusive to the Old Town Location, but all of your old Kanela favs will be available. They're now open every day from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

- River North just can't stop with the celeb-driven epically huge Italian restaurants. The latest? 10,000 square-foot Siena Tavern, helmed (sorta) by Top Chef Fabio Viviani. It opened on Saturday after a big party on Friday night. Eater reports that Viviani will be in the kitchen two weeks of the month (citing famous person commitments elsewhere) and that the actual kitchen will be run by David Blonsky, corporate chef for the restaurant group that also includes Public House and Bull and Bear. Unlike some other huge Italian restaurants we could mention, we're actually excited by the menu, which includes a mozzarella bar, homemade pasta and a "Florentine style" 36 ounce aged porterhouse.