Executive Chef Ryan Pitts, RL Restaurant, believes the secret to great food is the combination of great ingredients, sound technique and an unwavering dedication to customer service and satisfaction. He brings this honest, straightforward approach into the kitchen to refine classic American cuisine and renew the respect that diners have for these traditional dishes.
His philosophy is a result of his nearly two decades spent in the culinary industry. After graduating from the School of Culinary Arts at Kendall College, he worked under Chef Bruce Sherman at the acclaimed North Pond Café, where he learned the importance of selecting local, seasonal ingredients. At Bistro Zinc, he developed an appreciation for the comfort of the bistro-style dining experience, where the food was simple and the atmosphere welcoming. In 2002, Chef Pitts began working at RL Restaurant.
Today, RL is nationally regarded for its simple, classic dishes and the overall experience it creates for its diners. Forbes magazine has recognized RL as one of the “Top 10 Restaurants Across the Country for a Power Lunch”.
Located adjacent to the flagship Ralph Lauren store on Michigan Avenue, RL Restaurant is iconic designer Ralph Lauren’s debut into the restaurant industry. The restaurant features the vision and décor of Ralph Lauren and offers modern city-club cuisine inspired by American classics.