Monti’s Restaurant
4757 N. Talman Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

Mon – Sun: 12PM – 10PM


We are “Sharing the Love” from the City of Brotherly Love! Monti’s is an Authentic Philly Cheesesteak Bar in Lincoln Square.

Like every good Husband and Wife Team, Chef James Gottwald and Jennifer Monti negotiated when they created their dream restaurant together. Chef James wanted a place where he could relax with a beer and a Cheesesteak while watching a game. Jennifer wanted someplace stylish but not too stuffy, where she could share a cheese plate and some wine with friends. They both agreed on some “Philly-flare” showing their hometown roots!

Chef James and Jennifer are both from Philly and while they love Chicago they missed their favorite foods like Philly Cheesesteaks, Hoagies and Sticky Buns.  Talk about an easy decision when coming up with a concept for their first restaurant together!  Philly Cheesesteak Bar!  Combining the best of both Philly and Chi-Town…the rolls are Amoroso from Philly and the Rib-eye is from the Midwest!

Swing by Monti’s to check out the fun neighborhood vibe and casual menu featuring Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks, Pizza, Hoagies and more!

Why “Monti’s” and not “Gottwald’s”? James lost the coin toss!

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Chef James Gottwald

Chef James Gottwald has teamed up with wife, Jennifer Monti, former Corporate Director of Sales for Stefani Signature Events, to create Monti’s, a new Upscale Quick Service Restaurant concept in Chicago, focusing on Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks made with Black Angus Rib-eye and rolls brought in from family-owned Amoroso Bakery in Philadelphia. Chef James is returning to his Philly roots with this latest endeavor. One of the youngest graduates of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef James spent most of his career at various properties in Philadelphia and Boston, including Il Sol, a Southern Italian eatery in Newtown, PA; the historic Buck Hotel in Philadelphia; Gargoyle’s on the Square in Boston; and Frenchman’s Reef of St. Thomas. He moved to Chicago in 1999 and became the Sous Chef for one sixtyblue before opening Wave Restaurant. In 2002 he relocated to Washington D.C. as Executive Chef at Jordan’s (yes, that Michael Jordan!) before returning to Chicago to be the Corporate Chef and Partner for Rockit Ranch Productions. With the opening of Monti’s, Chef James is fulfilling a lifelong dream to own his own restaurant.