- Complimentary after-dinner drink any time you dine at the restaurant
It all began for Chicago native Chef Dan Harris when he was seven years old and helped his restaurant family organize a Thanksgiving charity luncheon. “It was the most gratifying feeling to see everyone in the dining room smiling,” says Chef Harris. “That feeling has been my driving motivation ever since. As long as the guests are happy, I couldn’t be happier.” Now, after years of working in NYC alongside legendary chefs Mario Batali at Babbo and Dave Pasternack of Esca (James Beard Award winner for “Best Chef: New York City”), Chef Harris is cooking up a storm and making his diners happy back in his hometown. Located in the heart of Lakeview, Ella Elli’s menu is mostly Mediterranean-influenced, but don’t be surprised to find Middle Eastern touches as well. Everything is scrupulously fresh and inventively flavored.