Christian Fantoni Joins Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush as Chef

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Christian Fantoni, who opened Filini Bar and Restaurant in the Radisson Blu Hotel, has now joined Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush. Fantoni, a native of Bergamo, Italy whose bio has an opening line no one can resist (he grew up in the castle where his father was chef to the prince), was recruited to Chicago from posts at places like Le Bernardin and Le Cirque by the troubled Pensiero in Evanston, but quickly departed for Luigi’s Place in Aurora before coming back to the city for Filini, which Phil Vettel liked.