Switching up neighborhoods can be great, unless you're a relative of a Manhattan-dwelling dry cleaner, in which case you realize it isn't apparently ALL in the family. Unlike George and Weezie, the owner of the Gold Coast's recently shuttered Pane Caldo is now sharing his deliciousness with everyone in the West Loop thanks to Alimentari, a sunny osteria covered in reclaimed wood & dangling pendant lights that proudly shows off its custom-tiled wood-burning oven.
Get going with burrata, prosciutto & warm cherry tomatoes, roasted butternut squash w/ thin-cut speck, or veggie Bolognese gnocchi w/ a parm gratinee, so show up right at their 4:30 open time if you like horrible "gratinee matinee" wordplay. Because gnocchi ain't gno pasta (more horrible wordplay!), larger carb options include saffron-sauced avocado ravioli, and pizza w/ prosciutto, lamb sausage & shishito peppers, while straight proteins encompass date-, gorgonzola- and carrot puree-kicked roasted quail, which continues to distance itself from potatoe.
Eight brews on tap range from Three Floyds to Peroni, while the 40 bottles of Old & New World vino are almost entirely avail by the glass, ready access that'll have you moving on down... to the floor.
Published: June 22, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
623 W Randolph
Chicago, IL 60607
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