| Feb 5, 2014
| 12:42 PM
Chicago Restaurant Week doesn’t end Thursday. True, Feb. 6 is the official last day, and the list of participating restaurants and menus will vanish from the choosechicago.com website. But, as in previous years, a number of Chicago restaurants are...
| Feb 6, 2014
There was more than one Italian restaurant to debut in December by a veteran restaurateur and a culinary dream team. I wrote about Nico Osteria, in the Gold Coast, a few weeks ago; now let's regard Cicchetti, a Streeterville restaurant that is doing...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 10:00 PM
671 N. St. Clair St. 312-642-1800
Rating: !!! 1/2 (out of 4) Heating up
Chicago is in the midst of such an Italian restaurant renaissance that you can almost smell the garlic in the air. The prince of orange clogs, Mario Batali, and...
| Jan 2, 2014
The highs in Chicago dining this year put our city on top of the world, while the lows were unbearably sad. In between was news with a common thread: to put good food in front of Chicagoans. Here, now, our look back at the food year that was.
| Dec 13, 2013
Review: Nico Osteria
1015 N. Rush St. 312-994-7100
Rating: !!!1/2 (out of 4) Heating up
She didn’t like her name. Herbert Tobias, the photographer who discovered her, agreed. “Christa Paffgen” was guttural, inelegant, a moniker...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Within the unwarranted glut of classroom documentaries in recent years, "School of Babel" will rise to the front ranks, avoiding gratuitous cuteness in favor of a more substantive focus on the struggles of international adolescents coping with the...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
New Year's Eve is just six days away. Do you have your dinner reservations yet?
If not, I've got a few extras. More than 130, actually.
As I've done for the last 13 years (and 18 of the last 20), I've made reservations, in my name, at restaurants...
| Nov 15, 2013
South Floridians may be used to Americanized Asian food like that served at Pei Wei, but the LuckyRice Festival aims to show them what authentic Asian food is like.
"I want to introduce the people of Miami to great Asian cuisine, and show them what...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 11:07 AM
The Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence — the local Emmys equivalent to the James Beard Foundation Awards — is the annual ceremony celebrating the achievements in Chicago’s restaurant community. This year’s nominees were...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 5:41 AM
A new bakery has opened up in Merchants Square.
The Blackbird Bakery has taken up shop in the space formerly occupied by the Nancy Thomas Gallery. It’s owned and operated by David Everett, who also owns The Trellis Restaurant, DoG Street Pub and...
| Oct 16, 2013
Didn't make it to Venice again this year? Not in the cards? (Or the budget?)
Content yourself instead with a taste of that romantic Italian city. After all, we eat to remember travels; why not eat to summon visions we've not yet enjoyed?
Venice has a...