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Friday food porn: Pillowy comforts

Just the thing to warm up with on cool fall nights: Gnocchi al pomodoro, comforting little pillows of pasta, coated with tomato sauce, basil and parmesan, $14 at Il Poggiolo in Hinsdale.

Friday food porn: Meaty music

Check out Il Poggiolo’s chitarra alla Bolognese.

Free sake and sushi tasting in Hinsdale

  Have you had a chance to try ultra-premium sake? Sake is beer brewed from rice, the national drink of Japan. Today, there are more than 600 types of sake sold in the United States, but ultra-premium sakes, served chilled, are relative new in the American market. U.S.-brewed sakes are even newer Nabuki in Hinsdale […]

19 Chicago places to celebrate National Soup Month

  January is National Soup Month, and these Chicago restaurants are celebrating with souper specials. You can stop in for or bowlful … or you can wear soup on your head. 33 Club, Old Town, $5 soup special, with choices such as roasted tomato served with petite grilled cheese sandwich. Carlucci, Downers Grove, choice of […]

Nahabedians to host a star-spangled evening

Chef Carrie Nahabedian and Michael Nahabedian, owners of Naha in River North, will host “Night of a Thousand Stars: Food for Thought,” at 6 p.m. Friday, April 16, at the Community House, 415 W. 8th St., Hinsdale. The Hollywood-themed evening of food, wine and spirits, music, auctions, and door prizes benefits Community Support Services, a […]

Top 10 Chicago restaurant recipes of 2009

The Dining Chicago blog hasn’t been around a whole year yet, and our weekly “Eat this!” recipe column has been going an even shorter time, but that isn’t going to stop us from giving you a list of our most popular recipes from 2009. The list below contains our most-visited recipes from local restaurants. Petterino’s, […]

Eat This! Arancini, great balls of flavor from Sicily

What it is: An arancino is a ball of rice formed around a savory filling and fried to a delicate outer crispness. In their native Sicily, arancini are typically flavored with saffron and stuffed with chopped meat in tomato sauce. Where it comes from: Arancini date to the 10th-century Kalbid rule of Sicily, when rice […]

Imminent openings

Early adopters will have lots to choose from in coming weeks. About-to-open Chicagoland restaurants include: Avli Estiatorio, Greek, Winnetka: Louis Alexakis, former general manager of Greek Islands and owner of the erstwhile Ouzeri, has recruited culinary expert Diane Kochilas direct from Greece as consulting chef for this 112-seat eatery specializing in regional Greek cuisine. Look […]