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  • Chicago Restaurant Week extended

    Chicago Restaurant Week extended
    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...
  • Cicchetti has culinary cred to spare

    Cicchetti has culinary cred to spare
    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...
  • Review: Cicchetti

    Review: Cicchetti
    Review: Cicchetti 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...
  • Dining in 2013: Happy surprises, big losses

    Dining in 2013: Happy surprises, big losses
    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. Sad...
  • Review: Nico Osteria

    Review: Nico Osteria
    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...
  • Film Review: 'School of Babel'

    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...
  • Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve

    Save the Tables 2013: Your table is reserved for New Year's Eve
    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...
  • LuckyRice Asian food and drink festival lands in Miami this Friday

    LuckyRice Asian food and drink festival lands in Miami this Friday
    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...
  • 2013 Jean Banchet Awards nominees announced

    2013 Jean Banchet Awards nominees announced
    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...
  • Merchants Square gets new bakery

    Merchants Square gets new bakery
    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...
  • Venice, in small bites

    Venice, in small bites
    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...