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6 Reasons Why Sepia Is One of Chicago’s Most Important Restaurants

Sepia has entered a rare restaurant club in Chicago In its 10th year in business, Sepia has entered a rare restaurant club in Chicago, among the uppermost echelons of destinations that are an indelible part of the city’s dining DNA. In line with other game-changers and industry-shapers like Blackbird, BOKA, NAHA and Topolobampo, Sepia is a timeless gem that somehow only gets better […]

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Jul 25, 2017 12:10 AM
Best Bars for a Summer Night Cap in Chicago

Polish off a night on the town with a Summer Night Cap One of the quintessential parts of summer in Chicago involves lingering for hours on end on patios at restaurants and bars, pretty much until city noise ordinances require closing outdoor spaces at 11 PM or 12 AM. But that doesn’t mean the night’s over; […]

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Jul 22, 2017 05:07 AM
Weekly Planner: Limoncello Class, Lobster Fest

Lobster Fest at Shaw’s Crab House You still have a few days left to participate in Lobster Fest at Shaw’s Crab House, the month-long shellfish shindig featuring a lineup of summery menu specials. These include highlights like lobster maki, lobster tacos, lobster rolls, lobster fettuccine and a 1.5-lb. lobster boil with potatoes, corn and sausage. Sunday […]

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Jul 18, 2017 08:28 PM

These Steakhouses Make the Cut for National Noodle Month

March being National Noodle Month, you may assume the only viable means of celebration is with an Asian restaurant or an Italian red sauce joint. Wrong! While steakhouses are mainly renowned for their cuts of beef, many of them in Chicago actually serve up some killer pasta creations. Here’s where to dine around town to satiate your Noodle Month cravings: 

 

Tavern on Rush
Pasta at Tavern on Rush

Tavern on Rush: Steaks, seafood, burgers, and brick-oven pizzas may take top billing at this Gold Coast crowd-pleaser, but don’t overlook the pastas. Available in appetizer or entree portions, the pasta section offers a little bit of something for everyone. A proper veal-pork-beef bolognese is served with pappardella, while a stellar seafood medley of mussels, calamari, shrimp, and anchovy-tomato sauce gets tossed with linguini. There’s also orechiette with prosciutto, cavatappi with buffalo mozzarella and tomato-cream-vodka sauce, and rigatoni flecked with spicy Italian sausage. 

Erie Cafe: This River North standby keeps things simple, classic, and deeply comforting with its concise selection of pasta dishes. To start, there’s an appetizer option of fried ravioli with blue cheese, and a decadent lasagna is available as a weekend special. For entrees, options range from spaghetti with meatballs and linguini in white clam sauce to cheese ravioli with cream vodka sauce and basil-flecked spaghetti with fresh tomatoes. 

Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse: The name pretty much says it all. This is the rare restaurant that simultaneously prioritizes and proclaims its penchant for both steaks and pastas. One of the best and most iconic Italian destinations downtown, long before most of this newbie Italian spots started popping up like Whack-a-Moles, Harry Caray’s boasts an enviable and enduring selection of pasta creations. These include rigatoni alla vodka with mascarpone and Parmigiano-Reggiano, fettuccine Alfredo with grilled chicken, bucatini pomodoro with crushed plum tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, red onions, and basil, seafood fettuccine, and cavatelli with crab and fresh artichoke hearts. 

III Forks Prime Steakhouse: It’s a matter of quality over quantity at III Forks Prime Steakhouse, where the abbreviated selection of pasta speaks for itself. An exquisite plate of shrimp and pasta contains a white wine-garlic herb butter, spinach, and bacon lardons, while a simple and fresh plate of vegetable ravioli features roasted mushrooms, fontina, Parmesan, marinara, and walnut pesto. Then there’s the indulgent lobster mac & cheese, one of the most important side dishes on the menu. 

Chop Shop: This multi-tiered restaurant, bar, butcher shop, and venue in Bucktown has it all, including a discernible Italian accent that plays into its pivotal pasta creations. There are only a few pasta dishes, but there need not be many when the selections are this strong. Think housemade pappardelle with short rib ragu, sun-dried tomato pesto, basil, and creme; pumpkin gnocchi with sage butter, Romano cheese, and toasted pistachios; and spicy trofie bolognese with Italian sausage, basil pesto, and pecorino. 

 

Petterino’s: This Theatre District destination is known as much for its gnocchi as it is for its steaks. The spinach gnocchi with chicken sausage and wild mushrooms is a standout, along with other pasta plates like pappardelle bolognese, baked rigatoni with ricotta and Italian sausage, shrimp diablo, and spaghetti with housemade veal and pork meatballs. 

- Matt Kirouac

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