Anatra e bigoli, this weekend’s special at Merlo on Maple on the Gold Coast starts with fat bigoli pasta, a traditional noodle from the Veneto region of Italy. It dates at least to early 16th century, when it was mentioned in Libreto de Tutte le Cose che se Manzano by Johannes Michael Savonarola. Chef Silvia [...]
“Opera Rocks” at Monastero’s in Sauganash at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, when Verismo Opera Theater presents a gala operatic greatest-hits evening. The event features a concert of arias and duets from “Carmen,” “La Boheme,” “Madame Butterfly,” “Marriage of Figaro,” “Pearl Fishers,” “Werther,” “Susannah” and more, with singers including Verismo tenor Bradley Schuller, mezzo sopranos [...]
House-made linguine with freshly shaved French Périgord truffles, wild mushrooms, marsala, parmesan cream and fried mushrooms, $19, is part of Fresco 21 Chef Cameron Grant’s celebration of truffle season. The fungi also feature in Grant’s filet carpaccio tapa, $12, topped with arugula, walnuts, grapes and lemon aioli. The Rosemont restaurant will serve Périgord truffles on [...]
Uh oh, you forgot to make Valentine’s Day reservations! We’ve got you covered. As of today, these restaurants were reporting they still had openings. You can make reservations right from within Dining Chicago, too. But hurry, we don’t guarantee they’ll still have openings. Aquitaine, French bistro, Lincoln Park. Bin 36 global, River North. Branch 27, [...]
Quartino, River North’s fun late-night osteria, turns seven years old today. In celebration, all day — through 2 a.m. tonight — the eatery offers all its pizzas and pastas for just $7, and Antica Osteria Bianco and Antica Osteria Rosso wines at only $7 per bottle. Chef John Coletta’s signature pasta dishes include gnocchi [...]
Pies and lobster dishes were among our most popular recipes of last year, showing that despite straitened times, cooks are still looking for a little indulgence. On the other hand, two pasta dishes also made the list, so they’re economizing, too. Here are Dining Chicago’s 10 most clicked-on local chefs’ recipes of 2012. Which were [...]
Pizza Napoletano putanesca at Alimentaria Osteria in the West Loop, a wood-fired oven-baked, Neapolitan-style crust, brushed with tomato sauce and topped with capers, black olives, fresh basil and anchovies, $9.
Every culture has its holiday traditions and in Chicago we can try most of them. Check out these ideas: Cuban: Chef Chico Vilchez at Nacional 27 in River North offers a pre-holiday look at Cuban Christmas traditions through Saturday, Dec. 22, with a four-course, prix-fixe menu, paired with wine. The meal starts with a tapas [...]
The eve of Thanksgiving has come to be called “Black Wednesday, ” suppose by extension from Black Friday, the post-holiday shopping day that — it’s to be hoped — puts retailers in the black. The pre-Thanksgiving night out gets people in a celebratory mood as they congregate with family and friends. Of course, maybe it’s [...]
“Chitarra” pasta with Abruzzese spaghetti, bacon, egg yolk, cacciocavallo cheese and a sprinkle of black pepper, $12 — a take on spaghetti alla carbonara at Bar Umbriago in River North.