Homemade Pasta in Chicago at Trattoria Gianni

There’s nothing more upsetting to a chef than when you don’t eat the food when it’s hot. I was admiring the presentation of arguably the best gnocchi in town and mussels at Trattoria Gianni, an “authentic Italian restaurant” according to DNA Chicago in Lincoln Park (a little further north than NewCity ) when the owner, Gianni Delisi came up to me and insisted that I … Continue reading Homemade Pasta in Chicago at Trattoria Gianni

The Dessert at Grand Lux That’s Better Than Cake

I’m traditional and as much as I love cake for celebrations – I noticed that restaurants are now serving something a little off-kilter – a little more sophisticated – and that’s Warm Sticky Bun Bread Pudding. National Sticky Bun Day is Sunday, February 21st. If you’ve never heard of sticky buns, it’s a German dessert or breakfast similar to monkey bread or cinnamon rolls. To … Continue reading The Dessert at Grand Lux That’s Better Than Cake

Italian BYOB Valentine’s Day Dinner in Chicago: Trattoria Ultimo 

Romance is Italian food at an intimate restaurant with New York City flare and Parisian vibes. Add some flowers and some Beivuma wine because it’s BYOB. That place is Trattoria Ultimo in West Town.  I recently went to Trattoria Ultimo for a Galentine’s Day preview organized by one of my favorite Chicago bloggers, Once Upon a Dollhouse.  Antipasta: There’s a number of antipastas at Trattoria … Continue reading Italian BYOB Valentine’s Day Dinner in Chicago: Trattoria Ultimo 

Lone Star BBQ Bar: A Little Sauce, A Lot of Country in Chicago

I can smell something sweet and savory from the patio. It’s the post oak smokewood that Lone Star BBQ uses to marinade their meats. It’s the only oven in Chicago that doesn’t use electric or gas, just post oak smokewood (like the cowboys). My senses are already heightened as I sit down to a table with a roll of brown paper towels ready for me to spin … Continue reading Lone Star BBQ Bar: A Little Sauce, A Lot of Country in Chicago

Chop in the Roosevelt Collection 

The Roosevelt Collection has an answer for a casual place to take your thoughts after a movie. And that answer is surprisingly a steakhouse. I recently had a media dinner at Chop on a quiet Monday night. I love the Roosevelt Collection for its outdoor fire pits and expansive shopping , but unfortunately, without sustenance, we will shop till we drop. Restaurants come to the … Continue reading Chop in the Roosevelt Collection