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A Look Inside Cicchetti

(Cicchetti in progress. Photo: Cicchetti) Are you ready for some Cicchetti? Streeterville is about to get a serious infusion of Venetian-inspired cuisine as owner Dan Rosenthal and chef Mike Sheerin prepare to open one of the most important restaurants that neighborhood has seen in years. Due mid-December, Cicchetti draws its name from Venetian small plates, sort […]

Small Plates, Big Flavors at Kurah Mediterranean Tapas

Small plates and big flavors abound at Kurah Mediterranean Tapas in the South Loop. I must confess that I am usually not one for small plates. The idea of ordering a slew of diminutive dishes and being coerced by servers into sharing them is not something I often look for at dinner. It reminds me too […]

Friday food porn: Something rare

Bites of seared ahi tuna ahi tuna. served with wasabi cream cheese-mashed potato wontons, avocado mango salsa, and ginger-soy reduction, $15, at People’s Tapas Lounge in Wicker Park.

29 last-minute Chicago ideas for Valentine’s Day 2013

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, […]

Friday food porn: Eat it raw!

Beef sashimi with truffle oil, togarashi mayo and chives ($5), one of some 60 small plates designed to be shared at Lure Izakaya Pub, a late-night option in Chinatown.

10 Chicago Mother’s Day freebies

Cherishing your mother needn’t break the budget. Just about every restaurant in town is offering brunch or dinner specials for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, but these sweeten the pot with free items for Mom.

Dog lovers, take your pet to Naperville

Now you can tuck into tapas right alongside your faithful companion. The Spanish spot Meson Sabika in Naperville has opened a special al fresco dining area just for dogs and their owners. A specialty menu offers doggie dinners with a choice of raw or cooked salmon, grilled chicken, and raw or cooked beef tenderloin, served […]

Round, red, ripe, juicy …

    Each August, during La Tomatina in Brunol, Spain, near Valencia, tens of thousands of people from around the world converge to throw tomatoes at each other, splattering 100 metric tons of the fruit over the streets. What a waste! Here in Chicago, we can do better things with tomatoes … like eat them! […]

Inovasi: New on the North Shore

  California winemaker Craig Becker pours his limited-production wines — including the 2007 High Flyer Viognier, 2006 Priest Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon and 2005 Peacock Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon — from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, June 10–11 at the brand-new Inovasi in Lake Bluff. Chef John John des Rosiers (ex-Bank Lane Bistro) has […]

Swinging Spanish style

Plenty of reasons to stop by Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! in Lincoln Park this month. Bodega Ba-Ba-Reeba! 6 pm. Tuesday, June 16, $35. A tasting of more than 30 Spanish wines, sherries, brandies and cavas with tapas and paella. Bottles will be for sale during the event. Paella cooking class, 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20, $40. Learn […]