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Artango’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Please the Norbert in Your Life

Artango is making life easier for us by serving food that is going to make all of us happy. Add to that the bonus that we don’t have to cook, or clean up, and we’re all going to split the bill, so it’s actually a very economical way to enjoy each other’s company. On Thanksgiving Day, […]

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Nov 09, 2018 09:37 PM
Sneak Peek: The Darling Also Has a Little of the, Um, Daring

Lindsey Marks – who performs burlesque as Lady Jack – is chatting in front of a large Alice in Wonderland painting in the downstairs dining room at The Darling, on W. Randolph St.. This new space, owned by Sophie Huterstein, who also owns L.A.’s The Wellesbourne, is next door to J.P. Graziano, purveyor of exceptional Italian […]

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Nov 07, 2018 09:50 PM
What Food Pairs with Scotch Whisky? At Chicago’s SideDoor, Lots!

It doesn’t seem that Scotch whisky would be a great pairing with food: the spirit is big, sometimes smoky and seems like it could steamroll all but the most powerful flavors. But you might be surprised how well Scotch can pair with foods. We were eager to try pairing Scotch whisky with Scottish-type food It […]

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Nov 01, 2018 09:15 PM

Noodle News for National Noodle Month

March is National Nutrition Month and National Noodle Month. Let's ignore the former and focus on the latter. In honor of this starchy, comforting month, here's a crop of noodle news for you to ponder and salivate over while making dining plans: 


Shaw's Schaumburg
Clam pasta at Shaw's Schaumburg

New Seafood Pasta Menu at Shaw's Schaumburg

Considering March is also Lent, the new seafood pasta menu at Shaw's Schaumburg is doubly perfect. Changing seasonally, the new menu is the perfect accent to Shaw's beloved seafood plates, with dishes like Manila clams with tagliolini pasta in clam ragu; orecchiette pasta with shrimp, roasted tomato, and braised kale; and strozzapreti pasta with lobster, lobster cream, arugula, and lemon. Additionally, the restaurant's fan-favorite lobster mac & cheese is now available as a side dish. 

Weekly Pasta Specials at Tesori:

Since noodles get their own month on the weird food holiday calendar, Tesori is rightfully celebrating all month long with a slew of pasta specials. The Loop restaurant is featuring a different housemade pasta special every week, in addition to their regular "pasta fatta in casa" dishes that are omnipresent. Between March 2 and March 8, the special du jour is chitarra carbonara flecked with bacon, Parmigiano-Reggiano, caramelized onions, and a poached egg. From March 9 through March 15, it's spinach and pesto spaghetti with basil, nutmeg, Parmigiano-Reggiano, toasted pistachios, and grilled shrimp. Ricotta and Talleggio ravioli is on deck March 16 through March 22, followed by orecchiette with roasted broccolini and cherry tomatoes March 23 through the end of the month. Other regular pasta dishes include ravioli with braised chicken and Berkshire pork belly, spinach-ricotta agnolotti, sausage and kale lasagna, and tagliatelle with duck bolognese. 

Labriola Ristorante & Cafe Brings Pasta Aplenty to the Magnificent Mile

In other pasta news, one of Chicagoland's most revered outlets for all things carbs recently opened a restaurant, cafe, and bar along Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile. Labriola Ristorante & Cafe offers downtown shoppers, denizens, and tourists a fresh new outlet for starchy stamina, which includes a hefty array of pastas. Think penne and meatballs, orecchiette with fennel sausage, gnocchi bolognese, and four-cheese tortellini in garlic cream sauce. 

- Matt Kirouac



Chicagoland's esteemed Labriola empire expands to the city with a Magnificent Mile location that serves as casual cafe and bakery as well as full-service restaurant and bar.

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