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CHICAGO RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Venice native Dario Monni and wife Chicago-born Jill Gray realize their dream with the summer 2019 opening of Tortello, a Nonna-style pastificio (fresh pasta shop) in Wicker Park. The eatery pays homage to the sfoglinas (pasta makers) of Monni's childhood. His grandfather owned a specialty food shop sourcing some of the best products across Italy. These ingredients would also appear in Monni's long Sunday lunches, assembled with love from his Sardinian family of shepherds, cheesemongers and butchers. At Tortello, diners will be able to view pasta being made in real time, while passersby can catch a glimpse of the action from a large storefront window. Sample Italian cocktails, espresso, wine, beer and pastries. Tortello, 1746 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622, no phone.
 
One Off Hospitality opened Café Cancale on May 13. Led by partners Paul Kahan, Donnie Madia, Terry Alexander and Eduard Seitan, the restaurant is inspired by Kahan's 50th birthday trip to Brittany's Cancale, aka the oyster capital of France. Replacing Anker, the concept brings together French cuisine with Midwestern ingredients. Savor more than 60 seafood-friendly French and coastal wines to be enjoyed with dishes such as trout meunière and buttered lobster bialy. Lunch and brunch will be added later. CafĂ© Cancale, 1576 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622, 773-904-1121.
 
City Hall – no, not that one – will make its footprint in the West Loop in June. The restaurant will bring together three distinct spaces, including a restaurant, patio and event area, all under one umbrella. Chef Michael Taus (Charlie Trotter’s, Zealous, Taus Authentic) will be at the helm, where he'll embrace an elevated pub menu plus seasonal, yet approachable cocktails from Alec Pignotti, City Hall’s beverage manager. The aesthetic will complement the overall vibe of the neighborhood; think brick and timber, iron trusses and 40-foot ceilings. Music will play a central theme, thanks to a 60's to 90's classic rock to pop soundtrack and live rock, funk and pop bands. City Hall, 838 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, IL 60642, no phone.
 


News Bytes
Three Concepts & One Riverfront Setting for RPM
The team behind RPM Restaurants (RPM Italian, RPM Steak) take their empire waterfront starting with Pizzeria Portofino, a pizzeria serving hand-stretched pizzas, vegetable antipasti and artisan pastas complemented by lively spritzes and coastal wines. The restaurant will be the first among its siblings – the others RPM Events On The Water and fine dining concept RPM On The Water – to open. The other two will arrive by fall 2019. Pizzeria Portofino comes to Chicago from R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, chef Doug Psaltis and celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic. Expect the drama from design firm Rockwell Group, with RPM On The Water boasting two expansive private terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy the city and river views.
 
Acadia House Provisions Opening in Maine
Chef Ryan McCaskey casts his net into the territory that made South Loop Acadia so memorable: his love, Maine. In June, McCaskey will open Acadia House Provisions, a more casual version of the original restaurant in a coastal setting. The eatery will source from local farms, purveyors and fishermen within a 40-mile radius. Unlike its sister restaurant, Acadia House Provisions is set in an idyllic spot: in a summer-inspired cottage with a 72-seat patio right on the water. Of course, lobster will play a huge part on the menu, in dishes like lobster grilled cheese, the signature lobster roll and the lobster pie loaded with butter, pea tendrils, whipped potato and bisque. Acadia House Provisions, 27 Main St., Stonington, ME 04681, 207-365-2555.
 
Sunda Marks 10 Years in Chicago
Billy Dec's love letter to Asian fare, Sunda, which now has a sibling in Nashville, marks 10 years in Chicago with a throwback menu and specialty events. Throughout May, look for culinary items from years past (think shaking beef and roasted duck hash), plus cocktails like the Toasted Ginger Snap and Blushing Geisha. On May 17, the restaurant turns night market from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. inspired by the creations of Southeast Asia. On May 18, diners can experience the Sunda Sessions, a daylong feast that includes a pig roast, sushi rolling class and vegan dinner. Purchase tickets for $45 here. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Camp One Step, which supports kids diagnosed with cancer. Sunda, 110 W. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-644-0500.
 

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