August 2014


Kenosha | Wisconsin24 Aug 2014 04:32 pm

Owner Susan Mantuano-Tishuk (of the Mantuano/Spiaggia family) has recently updated their menu and brought the chef from Terzo Piano (at the Chicago Art Institute) to Kenosha. Wow – food better than I remember (have been coming here over the past ten years) – and now many different twists. Read on.

OK, let’s start with focacia bread and rich, flavorful olive oil, and a glass of wine (enough choices by the glass – all Italian but today a special Spanish white that was recommended with sea food entrees). Fairly extensive bottled wine and beer list.

Appetizers and salads are big enough to share (had tomato/caprese/crouton appetizer with just the right amount of oil and seasoning).

My entree was papperdelle pasta with braised lamb and lima beans with a peppery sauce – great combination with very slowly braised (tender) meat. My partner had the hanger steak with smashed new potatoes which were fried – yum yum! The steak was perfectly prepared. Our other diners enjoyed the crisp chicken (for only $18) and linguine with clams. Crisp chicken seems to be a new standard dish at many Italian restaurants – a good move.

Really good Italian coffee and shared biscotti and karmel korn soft serve (yes, that’s what I said) ended the delightful meal.

Next time we’ll try their wood fired oven thin crust pizza – each selection a little out of the ordinary.

A great stop if you are visiting the Milwaukee Art Museum on your way back to Chicago. The restaurant is a little over an hour away from Rogers Park.

5717 Sheridan Road
Kenosha, WI 53140

(262)652-4285

(Prices would be doubled if this place was anywhere near Chicago.)

French | Illinois | Winnetka22 Aug 2014 04:40 pm

Country French Flair – exactly!

This North Shore gem is a cut above most French restaurants in the Chicago Metro area. The owner comes from a long line of Chicago restaurant owners – though none like his new venture. You can check their website for full particulars.

But on the the food!

Our dining choices to date included Terrine of mushrooms and artichoke; butter fried veal sweetbreads and sauteed escargots over truffle scented pommes puree with crisp onion strings and sauce Perigord; roasted foie gras stuffed breast of hen; duo of roasted breast of duck and duck with black trumpet mushroom Galantine; and grilled Berkshire pork chop with English pea Risotto croquette and carrots. All excellent, served hot, by one of the most pleasant and efficient wait staffs I have ever encountered.

Great wine choices and I recommend ordering the cheese plate for dessert when you order your entree.

This is a first class place with an intimate atmosphere, and great bread too.

64 Green Bay Road
Winnetka, IL 60093

(847)441-3100

Chicago | Illinois22 Aug 2014 04:20 pm

A special place on West Irving Park serving exceptional food with extensive wine, beer and cocktail choices.

Our first visit choices were a bean salad with chickpea puree, and the garden salad – both were good choices.

Their menu typically includes 7 large plates (fish, chicken, pasta, tofu, grass fed burger and steak) along with a charcuterie (pate’, sausage, ham) and cheese selections from small (USA) creameries.

Although a bit out of the way, it’s worth a try. Street parking mainly as parking lot is very small. A bit noisy but charming decor.

3732-34 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60618

(773)866-5266