Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-07-10
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  NIGHTSPOTS

SAVOR Locanda; The Dearborn
DISH Weekly Dining Guide
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2018-08-26

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Italian restaurant Locanda ( 201 E. Walton St.; www.locandachicago.com/ ), opened very quietly a few months ago—but the laid-back casually elegant spot practically deserves a parade.

How low-key is Locanda? It's actually housed inside a Residence Inn ( although it's a separate space within that establishment ). However, this place is a little treasure.

The restaurant is the brainchild of chef Antoine Cedicci, who was behind the Italian spots Pane Caldo ( famed for its window-display seating of one table while the rest of the spot seemed virtually secluded ) and Trattoria Ultimo. Locanda specializes in seasonal dishes, rotating its menu weekly in addition to offering daily specials.

Starters include items such as parma-and-duck prosciutto and sautéed fresh wild mushrooms. The tuna terrine ( with mesclun and lemon-oil vinaigrette ) was creamy without a fishy taste; the beets ( roasted in sea salt, and served with burrata and honey-lime vinaigrette ) were tasty and refreshing; and the parmesan ravioli were simply delightful, accented with crispy prosciutto and corn sauce.

Of course, Locanda has pasta dishes—and the king-crab ravioli in saffron-fennel sauce was one of the most memorable items I had eaten in ages. ( Moreover, it's pretty affordable, at $18. ) Thankfully, there aren't too many dishes ( to spare the indecisive ), but they include gnocchi with braised beef short rib ( with a gluten-free option ), butternut-squash tortellini and fruitti di mare ( assorted seafood with squid-ink tonnarelli and light tomato sauce ).

Entrees offer some variety. The roasted duck breast, with cherries, was expertly done. However, there are also options like chicken with wild mushrooms; and grilled lamb chops, with rosemary and mustard sauce.

Lastly, desserts should definitely be sampled. The justifiably named "magic cake" is a three-layered item based in vanilla—but the fig-and-goat cheese gelato just didn't do it for me, "forcing" me to return to the cake. #FirstWorldProblems ( You can also try the peach tart, flourless cake and tiramisu. )

By the way, "locanda" means "inn," in Italian. Antoine said he always wanted to open his own hotel, and Locanda is his "inn" where he felt he could take care of guests, offering great food and accommodations. Mission accomplished.

The Dearborn ( update )

I've visited The Dearborn ( 145 N. Dearborn St.; www.thedearborntavern.com/ ) a few times over the last couple years ( for business and/or pleasure )—and I'm happy to report that the quality of the Block 37 spot's cuisine has not flagged one bit.

I witnessed this during a recent lunchtime visit as co-owners Amy and Clodagh Lawless, along with Chef Aaron Cuschieri, continue to serve top-quality food and drinks. ( The Loop spot opened in June 2016. )

I loved the housemade parmesan gnocchi ( served with morel mushrooms, snow peas, white and green asparagus, heirloom cherry tomatoes, spinach, edamame emulsion and grana padano ) as well as the kicky Midwest fried chicken ( with a maple mustard glaze and hot sauce ). However, there are so many other fun items on the menu, ranging from the Not Billy's Scotch Egg ( with spicy pork sausage ) to the Veggie Dagwood to the grilled pear-and-Gruyere sandwich.

BTW, The Dearborn is planning a Prohibition-themed party for the release of its Dearborn Gin, in collaboration with North Shore Distillery's husband-wife team Derek and Sonja Kassebaum. The event—on Monday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m.—will feature one complimentary cocktail for guests showcasing the custom spirit, plus party bites by Cuschieri. Local jazz a the )ensemble Brooklyn Britches and The Whispers will perform live, and you will take home custom Dearborn shot glasses, while supplies last. ( Be sure to RSVP. )

Note: Restaurant profiles/events are based on invitations arranged from restaurants and/or firms.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

DINING Tacos y Tamales Festival, Taste of River North, Mercat 2019-07-16 - —Green Curtain Events has announced the 4th Annual Tacos y Tamales Festival on July 19-21 at 16th and Peoria streets. The Tacos y ...


Gay News

SAVOR Maddon's Post 2019-07-10 - It's safe to say that the co-owners of Maddon's Post ( 1119 W. Waveland Ave.; https://www.MaddonsPost.com )—James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano and ...


Gay News

SAVOR Avli Taverna 2019-07-10 - In Greek, the word meraki is used to describe "putting your heart and soul into something," philoxenia means "treating guests like old friends" ...


Gay News

DINING Perry's turns 40, Roscoe Village Burger Fest, Stan's Cookies 2019-07-10 - —Oak Brook spot Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, 5 Oakbrook Center, is celebrating 40 years by giving customers four choices for four courses, all ...


Gay News

Renee Taylor lives her Life on a Diet 2019-07-04 - Renee Taylor will always be remembered as Sylvia Fine, the mother in the TV series The Nanny, but her accomplishments are many. She ...


Gay News

SAVOR Spike Mendelsohn talks Flipp, summer recipes, politics 2019-07-03 - Former Top Chef competitor Spike Mendelsohn has his hands in many pots—including being the owner of Good Stuff Eatery, a fast-casual restaurant that ...


Gay News

DINING Fourth of July items, National Fried Chicken Day 2019-07-02 - —Chicagoans can enjoy a Fourth of July beach party at North Avenue beach spot Castaways, 1603 N. Lake Shore Dr. While taking in ...


Gay News

SAVOR Mango Pickle; Somerset 2019-06-26 - In the last issue of Windy City Times, I reviewed the new progressive Indian spot Rooh—and concluded it is good ( albeit expensive ...


Gay News

DINING Pride events, The Dearborn chef's win, Fourth of July items 2019-06-25 - —Revival Food Hall's TOMI Sushi, 125 S. Clark St., created a spicy rainbow roll ( aqua blue rice, tuna, cucumber, jalapeño, pickled radish ...


Gay News

SAVOR Cebu; Rooh 2019-06-19 - The restaurants profiled this week are considered two of the hottest new spots in the city—but do they live up to the hype? ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.