Weekday Planner: Italian Edition

Tuscan Wine Dinner at Tocco

The wines of Tuscany step into the spotlight for a four-course wine dinner at Tocco on January 15. Wines to be featured for the dinner include Chianti, Vin Santo, Super Tuscan, and Vino Nobile, each paired with a different dish. Dinner kicks off at 7:00 p.m. and costs $55 per person. Call to make reservations. 


10th Anniversary Party at Osteria Via Stato

They grow up so fast! And by "they," I mean one of Chicago's most esteemed Italian destinations. Osteria Via Stato is turning 10, and to celebrate, executive chef/partner David DiGregorio and co. are hosting an anniversary party on January 14 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. It's a walk-around reception fete featuring food stations representing Italy's regional creations and wine tables. Tickets are $35 per person, with proceeds benefitting United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Make a reservation by calling.. 

Pizza Week at Osteria La Madia

In other Italian dining news, Osteria La Madia is rolling out the dough for National Pizza Week between January 12 and 16 with bargain-priced pizzas. The wood-fired pizzas the restaurant has come to be renowned for will be only $8 during the week, affording perfect opportunity to partake in smoked pork belly pizza, housemade fennel sausage pizza, and more. 

- Matt Kirouac