What You Get
$69 for a Michelin Bib Gourmand dinner for two ($110 value)
- Two small plates (up to $24 value)
- Two entrees (up to $58 value)
- Two draft cocktails or beers (up to $28 value)
- See the menu
How It Works
Reservations may only be made at times available on Groupon. You may select “Check Availability” to book at purchase, or book later by following these steps:
- Purchase deal
- Visit “My Groupons” or tap the mobile app to make a reservation
- Select day and time online to secure reservation
- Show up for your reservation and mention your name and the word “Groupon” to the host—they’ll be waiting to welcome you.
A10 is an inscrutable name, and for the sake of suspense, let’s start with what it doesn’t mean. "When we first talked about it, I was very concerned that people would think we were … giving ourselves an A, but also giving ourselves a 10 out of 10,” says head chef John Vermiglio.
Actually, the Matthias Merges-owned restaurant and bar is named after a European highway that runs between Northern Italy and Southern France, slicing through the Cote d’Azur region. The dishes all draw inspiration from that area, which is rife with wineries and olive groves. To learn more about what to expect at the Hyde Park eatery, check out the five best things about A10, with input from Vermiglio.
1. It's a hotbed of creative cooking. Vermiglio's French and Italian menu runs the gamut from pastas made in-house to foccacia-based Roman pizzas to simply prepared seafood. It’s all “heavily influenced by the Midwest,” though, which is why there’s no “trattoria” or “oh boy, is it French!” in A10’s name—they want diners to arrive with an open mind.
2. It's wallet-friendly. A10 recently earned a Michelin Bib Gourmand designation for its affordable gourmet food.
3. It’s a great place to try snails. They're the centerpiece of Vermiglio's escargot pot pie. “We use a Bourgundian snail here, imported obviously from France,” he says. The snails taste deliciously “earthy,” and because they're ensconced in a traditional comfort food, Vermiglio believes they're all the more accessible to the Chicago crowd.
4. It’s a great place to argue about snails. "[Customers] have fun debating whether it's seafood or a land animal." It's a land animal! (Unless it’s a sea snail, he says, but his aren’t.)
5. It's giving back to the community. A10 has hired a charismatic waitstaff of Hyde Park locals, and the team also collaborates with the Cook County Prison each summer, where they help inmates learn food industry job skills on the prison’s seven acres of farmland.