Tre Dita celebrates Tuscan-style beef

  “The Tuscans celebrate beef as much as people do in Chicago.” That’s what two-time James Beard-nominated chef Evan Funke told David Manilow, host of “The Dining Table” podcast, during a conversation about his new restaurant, Tre Dita, which he opened in the spring in Chicago in partnership with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. “Tre dita” means “three fingers” in Italian, a reference to the thickness of a properly cut Bistecca alla Fiorentina, the upscale restaurant’s signature dish featuring 60-day dry-aged, 42-ounce prime porterhouse at $290 a pop. The restaurant, on the second floor of The St. Regis Chicago, 401 E. …

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Rosebud expands to Florida

After the closure of its flagship restaurant in Chicago’s Little Italy, Rosebud now boasts its first location outside of Illinois. Rosebud on Taylor closed Dec. 31 but is still open for private events. Originally founded in 1976 as Bocciola della Rose (“bud of the rose” in Italian), the restaurant attracted famous patrons such as Oprah Winfrey, Frank Sinatra, Robert De Niro and Gene Hackman, Eater Chicago reported. However, the area changed over the last 50 years, founder Alex Dana told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Industrial companies moved away, which once provided us with huge lunchtime crowds. Little Italy got smaller, and …

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Florio’s Italian is back with a bang

Restaurateur Dominic Florio has come out of retirement to open an Italian restaurant in Crystal Lake, in suburban Chicago. Slated to open in July, at 1540 Carlemont Drive, Florio’s Italian features fresh ingredients and traditional southern Italian recipes. Florio sold his original Florio’s restaurant in Chicago in the 1990s, then went into the car-dealership business until he retired, Shaw Local reported. “I decided, one more time,” the 73-year-old said. “I can only play so much golf, and I love the business.” Chef Renato Marmolino, a native of Italy, helped craft Florio’s Italian menu. For more, click here.  

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Chef Maggiore release brunch cookbook

In the foreword of his debut cookbook, Chef Joey Maggiore is described as “vibrant, entertaining and as wild as they get.” That’s certainly reflected in the 70 recipes featured in his “Brunch King: Eats, Beats, and Boozy Drinks,” which will be out in September. Maggiore is the driving force behind The Maggiore Group and Hash Kitchen, located in Arizona, Utah and Texas. His cookbook includes recipes such as Ten-Layer Breakfast Lasagna, Crème Brulée French Toast Sticks, Blue Corn Bananas Foster Pancakes, Carnitas Hash and Gnocchi Carbonara Hash, as well as a variety of inventive cocktails. For more, click here.   …

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Caputo Cheese nets win with knot- shaped ‘nodini’

Caputo Cheese took home first place in the Fresh Mozzarella category at the 2024 World Championship Cheese Contest. The Melrose Park-based cheesemaker’s “nodini” was crowned the winner at the contest, which took place in Madison, Wisconsin, WBBM Newsradio reported. “Nodini” means “little knot” in Italian. Renzo Berardi, sales manager at Caputo’s, credited the way the cheese is created with the win. “I think it stems (from) the flavor profile and the uniqueness of this item — the hand-tied, the crafting of this cheese. We bring the tradition of handmade products.” Berardi said the nodini has a “chewy bite just in …

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Family hopes to forge a pizza-making legend

“Get them in, get them out, and get the dough crisp” is how Chris Marston described to the Daily Herald the pizza-making process at his new restaurant, Legends Pizza in Carol Stream. Marston is a former service representative for Chicago Brick Oven, and at one point had up to six different models of pizza ovens in his backyard. He and his wife, Michelle, achieved their dream of opening a restaurant this spring. Legends Pizza, at 158 N. Gary Ave., has a full bar and a carousel oven that cooks 12-, 14- and 16-inch thin-crust pizzas at 550 degrees. The menu …

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Miko’s finally launches coffee flavored Italian ice

In the works for four years, a new coffee flavor is now on the menu at Miko’s Italian Ice. Miko’s has two locations in Chicago, at 2236 N. Sacramento Ave. and 4125 N. Kimball Ave. Owner Zach Roombos told Block Club Chicago that the new flavor came from listening to customer feedback. “It’s very exciting, and lots of people have been asking for it for a long time,” Roombos said. With a rotating list of 30 flavors, the family-run business celebrates its 27th anniversary this year. A location in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood closed in 2019. For more, click here.

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Bonci opens third Chicago location on Broadway

The third Chicago location of Bonci pizzeria opened in the spring at 3151 N. Broadway in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Bonci features Roman-style pizza al taglio, or rectangular slices, sold by weight. Exotic variations include Lemon Ricotta and vegan Mushroom Rosa pizzas, but you can also find pizza with traditionally American ingredients like pepperoni, Eater Chicago reported. Bonci opened its first location outside of Italy seven years ago in Chicago’s West Loop, followed by a location in Lincoln Park. The U.S. group is co-owned by Chakib Touhami, who told Eater he and his partner hope to start debuting suburban locations. For …

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‘Sandwich King’ gives thumbs-up to Conte Di Savoia

Conte Di Savoia in Chicago’s Little Italy has sold Italian specialties and gourmet foods since 1948, and now can boast a major celebrity endorsement. Chef Jeff Mauro, the host of the TV show “Sandwich King” on the Food Network, told the BBC that Conte Di Savoia makes his favorite vegetarian sandwich. “This three-generations-old Italian deli makes its own mozzarella and its own sun-dried tomatoes, which makes this light and bright sandwich like consuming a gooey bite of sunshine with each bite,” Mauro said. Other vegetarian options include grilled eggplant and egg-salad sandwiches. Meat lovers, fear not, because Conte Di Savoia’s …

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Paisans opens 10th location in Oak Lawn

Paisans Pizzeria has opened a 10th location in the Chicago area, in the suburb of Oak Lawn. The original location in Cicero was launched in 1985 by Luigi Fejzuloski. Then came Chicago (three locations), Brookfield, Berwyn, Lisle and Morton College. Luigi’s son and three grandsons also became involved in the business, Food Industry News reported. Giving back “is at the core” of Paisans, according to its website. For example, Paisans donates pizza to the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual Muscle Walk in May, and serves Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless through the nonprofit Street Samaritans. For more, click here.

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