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Dining news: Pizza restaurant opening, 'Saved by the Bell' diner
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times

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—Robert's Pizza Company will open its doors Wed., March 30, in Streeterville at 355 E. Ohio St. Robert's Pizza Company will offer a rotating lineup of up to 15 gourmet brick-oven pizzas, "create-your-own" pizzas with toppings from select ingredients and the signature Robert's Pizza Flight. Similar to a four-course meal, pizza flights include a salad pizza, white pizza, entrée pizza, and finally, Robert's original dessert pizza. See .

—A Saved by the Bell-themed bar and diner will be open during June, reported. The restaurant will be called Saved by the Max, and will serve items like AC Sliders, Preppy BLT, Macaroni & Screech, Belding Fries and Lisa Turtle Milkshake. Events will include daily costume contests ( with the chance to win $100 ), themed karaoke, trivia and dance parties. See "Saved By The Bell - Pop Up Parody Bar & Diner!" on Facebook.

—Bar Toma is offering baseball team-themed pizzas, for $16 each. Inspired by the Cubs' curse of the billy goat, the North Sider pizza features a savory combination of goat cheese and ground goat. The South Sider pizza—a regular menu item with spicy salami, whipped ricotta, onion, fresh garlic and tomato sauce—will also be available. Additionally, on any game day throughout April, Bar Toma customers who wear their Cubs or White Sox gear can get these two pizzas at half-price. See .

—Enolo Wine Cafe, 450 N. Clark St., is introducing sips and savors at its Spring Wine Dinner, and paying homage to chefs with its James Beard Eats Week menu. Chef Donte Carthans has gathered and sourced seasonal ingredients for the Spring Wine Dinner on Monday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m.; the five-course menu is available for $75 per person, and includes wine pairings. See .

—On March 31, White Oak Tavern & Inn, 1200 W. Webster Ave., will launch its Chef in Residence series with Chef Andrew Little of Josephine, a contemporary restaurant featuring American farmhouse cuisine located in Nashville. Chef Tom Van Lente and the White Oak Tavern & Inn team will host a collaborative meal with Little on Saturday, April 2. On April 3, Little will offer a five-course meal with dishes such as Nashville hot scrapple with frisee and pickle vinaigrette; and rabbit dumplings with asparagus, morels and radish. Tickets for Chef in Residence: Andrew Little at White Oak Tavern & Inn are $65 per person; call 773-248-0200.

—Cindy's, the rooftop restaurant and open-air terrace located on the 13th floor of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel ( 12 S. Michigan Ave. ), announced the unveiling of a new lunch menu beginning Tuesday, April 5, served Monday through Friday at 11 a.m.3 p.m. The new menu presents guests with individually-portioned versions of seasonal, American lunch-time fare, with dishes such as spring lamb tartare ( $16 ), crab and uni tartine ( $18 ) and cornish game hen ( $22 ) anchoring the extensive menu. Ragano's entire lunch menu ranges in price from $8-$30. Visit or call 312-940-3552.

—urbanbelly will open in Wicker Park at 1542 N. Damen Ave. Beginning Wed., April 6, urbanbelly Wicker Park will be open for dinner service, with lunch service to follow soon. There will also be a special open house Tuesday, April 12, 5-9 p.m. ( The first 250 guests will receive a complimentary gift bag and urbanbelly will be raffling prizes throughout the day, including a pair of VIP Tickets to Ramenfest. Admission is free, with purchases a la carte, as noted. ) Visit .

—Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, 63 W. Ontario St., is offing a Guinness and Jameson bacon cheeseburger, paired with a Guinness stout, through Sunday, April 10. The burger will be served alongside Hard Rock's seasoned fries with the option to add a topping of Guinness cheese sauce and bacon, allowing guests to experience Irish stout flavors with every bite.

—Tanta Chef Jesus Delgado and mfk. Chef Danny Mejia are collaborating on a six-course Peruvian/Spanish dinner at mfk. Restaurant, 432 W. Diversey Pkwy., on Tuesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. Some dishes will include tiradito chalaco ( Peruvian scallops, yellow chili emulsion, camote, cancha and chalaca ), pescaito frito ( smelt, squid, piquillo aioli and lemon ) and a Basque cake. Admission is $80; call 773-857-2540.

—The Chicago Cocktail Social will take place Thursday, April 28, at Galleria Marchetti, 825 W. Erie St., 6-10 p.m. Attendees will sample drinks from almost 20 bars, including The Violet Hour, Broken Shaker, Analogue, The Duck Inn, Sable and Punch House, among others. Tickets are $40 each; visit

—Mezcaleria Las Flores—Chicago's first mezcaleria, created by Rick Bayless' former mixology chief Jay Schroeder and chef/owner of Johnny's Grill, Sarah Jordan—is now open at 3149 W. Logan Blvd. Highlighting a few different Oaxacan mezcales as well as bacanora from Sonora, sotol from Chihuahua and raicilla from the south of Jalisco, guests can navigate Schroeder's seven-cocktail opening menu by each drink's Fresh, Smoky and Adventurous qualities. Mezcaleria Las Flores guests will also be able to dine with menu items from Johnny's Grill.

—Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave., will offer a seasonal Passover menu in anticipation of the Jewish holiday. The menu is available beginning the evening of Friday, April 22, through Saturday, April 30, starting at 5 p.m. nightly; the price is $39 for adults and $19 for children 10 years of age and under. Items include warm asparagus salad or housemade chicken-liver mousse; Faroe Island salmon or glazed beef shortribs; and crunchy bittersweet chocolate bars or poached spiced pear. See .

—The 6th Annual Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival ( APF ), presented by The Specialty Food Association, will take place Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton St. This free event, created by Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, showcases the talents of local, national and international producers of high quality artisan foods and beverages. APF attendees can sample small-batch food, beer, wine and spirits from nearly 100 culinary artisans. Proceeds from this event will benefit Purple Asparagus and the Daphne Zepos Teaching Award, a scholarship fund for aspiring cheese professionals.

—This Mother's Day, French-inspired patisserie Vanille is celebrating mom with a first-of-its-kind photo contest. From Monday, April 18, to Sunday, May 8, mothers and children of all ages who stop by one of Vanille's three Chicago locations can snap a photo of themselves enjoying any of Vanille's artisanal specialties for the chance to win an Afternoon Tea party for 10 people inside the luxurious Vanille Salon located at the Lincoln Park location, 2108 N. Clark St. ( To enter the Mom, Me & Vanille Photo Contest, guests need to post their photo on Facebook or Instagram using #MomMeVanille. They must also tag Vanille at @VanilleChicago on Instagram or "Vanille Patisserie" on Facebook. ) Visit .

—Schaumburg's Tokio Pub, 1900 E. Higgins Rd., is hosting a four-course dinner with beer pairings from Michigan's Bell's Brewery. Culinary offerings will include crawfish Scotch egg, Buffalo mozzarella, Thai-style porchetta and twinkie "beeramisu." Costing $45 per guest ( tax and gratuity not included ), the dinner will begin with check-in at 6:30 p.m. and the first course at 7 p.m. Reservations are required; call 847-278-5181.

—Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., has a new brunch available on weekends at 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The menu, created by Pioneer Tavern Group Corporate Chef Brian Jupiter, features items like a bacon flight, wagyu beef and kimchi reuben, pumpkin seed granola, beef tongue and eggs, and more. There are also cocktails such as mimosas, Doc Holiday ( Milagro tequila, carrot, cilantro, lime and Aquavit ) and the Corpse Reviver #2. See .

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