LAKEVIEW — For the second year in a row, gluten-free restaurant Senza earned a Michelin star. It's the only Lakeview restaurant to pick up the coveted rating.
The upscale eatery at 2873 N. Broadway opened in August 2012 and has since expanded to include a gluten-free bakery and prix-fixe menu.
Senza is one of 24 Chicago restaurants that earned a Michelin rating this year.
When news broke Tuesday afternoon, fans took to social media to congratulate Chef Noah Sandoval and his team. Sandoval wasn't immediately available for comment.
@SenzaChicago jsjdisgskfurjrndidu!!!!!!!! Amazing! congratulations to Noah and the whole team!— Mike Fishman (@mwfishman) November 11, 2014
Sandoval told DNAinfo Chicago last year that he felt lightheaded after Senza earned its first star.
The Schwa alum said that diners initially had a lot of negative ideas of what gluten-free means.
"It's mainly — 'Oh, why would you do that?' or 'It's dorky,' or 'I love bread'," he said. "I felt that way, too."
Sandoval said he hoped a Michelin star would help convince foodies that gluten-free food doesn't taste like cardboard.
Janet Fuller explains how the Michelin Guide got started and what the stars signify: