Moderno, a month-old restaurant in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Ill., pays homage to the traditions of Italian cuisine while judiciously applying modern touches. It is pleasing patrons with signature cocktails like the Tuscan Iced Tea, the Modern ’hattan, and the “bungled” Negroni. The developer of the cocktail list, assistant general manager Andrew Morgan, favors complex Italian vermouths and bitter herbal liqueurs called amaros over sweeter ingredients in his ...

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