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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

Brunch Bites: La Stanza Ristorante and Dolce Italian

In this week's batch of brunch bites, the fine dining back room of Labriola Ristorante & Cafe rolls out its own brunch program and Dolce Italian amps up its weekend service with a formal brunch menu. 

 

La Stanza
Donut bar at La Stanza



The first of the two Italian spots this week is La Stanza Ristorante, the fine dining back room of Labriola off Michigan Avenue. A new facet for the restaurant is a weekly Sunday brunch for the space, which runs from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., giving diners ample opportunity to experience the menu at their leisure. True to form, the menu skews elegant and upscale, with dishes like lobster Thermidor Benedict and octopus hash with a sunny-side up egg crafted by chef Rich Larbiola. In addition to other savory items and brick oven pizzas and sandwiches, the brunch program also offers a bounteous donut option in the form of "La Stanza's Donut Bar," featuring sweets from Stan's Donuts & Coffee. The DIY donut bar features an array of glazes and toppings for customers to go wild with. Think caramel glaze, pumpkin pie sauce, and toppings like chocolate chips, marshmallows, cereals, coconut, and bacon. To drink, get thirsty for an old-school take on classic brunch essentials, like Bloody Marys and mimosas made to-order tableside. A live jazz band will round out the experience from noon until 3:00 p.m. 

In other Italian brunch news, Dolce Italian has taken the leap to up the ante on its breakfast menu with a full-fledged weekend brunch menu. Expect items like the Dolce "Benny" with poached eggs and ciabatta bread and the brunch pizza with sausage and egg. Bellinis, mimosas, and Bloody Marys are on hand for imbibing. There's also a "Bubbles Package" for $19 per person. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

- Matt Kirouac

Neighborhoods: StreetervilleRiver North

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.


Dolce is a modern Italian restaurant that captures the effortless elegance of Fellini’s Rome of the 1960s. Dolce brings the dream ‘of la dolce vita’ to life by delivering a...

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