Seasonal Squash Blossoms at RPM Italian

RPM Italian

by Administrator on August 3, 2014

One of our top choices for Italian in the city of Chicago. Both RPM Italian and Osteria Via Stato are very popular and within blocks of each other. RPM Italian tends to get a more vibrant crowd and you must plan ahead and make reservations, especially for weekends. All the food choices are outstanding and the wine list has some spectacular Italian selections.The fresh homemade ricotta with semolina toast is by far our favorite appetizer and is a fairly unique offering. The tomato sauce, cheese and bread are a perfect way to start the evening, and is a great appetizer for four, a little big for two. When in season, the squash blossoms are also a real treat.

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The prime meatballs are wonderful, with flavorful seasoning and again, a complementary sauce.

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I don’t think we have met a pasta we didn’t like here either. The lobster ravioli, handmade cavatelli and pappardelle bolognese are truly exceptional. Visited August 2014.

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Saranello’s

by Administrator on July 21, 2014

An always lively, casual Italian restaurant, Saranello’s has a few things going for it. The atmosphere is “loudish” since there are a lot of wood surfaces in the restaurant. Having said that, there are six good sized booths in the main dining area along with several in the bar. The booths tend to be just a touch quieter. The apetizer meatballs are good, as are the parmesan onions and the garlic shrimp spiedini. The mozzarella used in the spiedini the last time we were there was smokier than usual, which points out one thing with Saranello’s – there is a fair amount of variability coming from the kitchen. For entries, the chicken parmesan is outstanding, as is the meaty lasagna. On a recent vista, a peach cobbler was presented as a great dessert. Last Visited July 2014.

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Julio’s Latin Cafe

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Mon Ami Gabi – Oakbrook

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We visited Mon Ami Gabi this time for Sunday brunch. Again, I suppose it is a very good excuse for sitting outside on a sunny Chicago morning, but add the fun and tasty selection of pseudo-French choices for breakfast, and you have a great experience in store. The outdoor patio itself is adjacent to the […]

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Seasons 52

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