Join il Porcellino to celebrate Mother's Day with a grand Italian buffet from noon until 8 PM on Sunday, May 14th. The day's menu will feature an assortment of antipasti including insalata, fresh baked bread, salumiand array of cheeses, plus pasta stations showcasing il Porcellino's most popular dishes and a variety of signature entrees. Homemade pies and other sweet surprises will round out the festivities. The Mother's Day Buffet is $42.95 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included) and $14.95 for children 12 and under.
Chefs’ Picks: Veggie Comfort Food
The phrase “comfort food” often conjures up visions of spaghetti and meatballs, fried chicken and other meat-centric mains that people seek out as a source of both sustenance and solace. But with more diners adopting vegetarian or vegan diets, chefs are finding new ways to prepare comfort food classics sans the meat. Pros across the country share their hearty plant-based creations capable of satisfying the stomach… and the soul.
As Wisconsin's Southern neighbor, it's no surprise that Illinois takes its cheese consumption seriously, and that Chicago (as the state's culinary epicenter) teems with both restaurants that pack as much of the celebrated dairy product as possible into their menus, and hungry aficionados ready to taste it in its myriad forms. To celebrate Chicago's relentless commitment to all things cheesy, we're rounding up five epic cheese-centric dishes worth trying right now.
Join il Porcellino’s own Ryan Arnold (one of Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40) and winemaker Alberto Graci for a special three-course dinner featuring wine pairings from Sicily’s Mount Etna wine region. The wines—Etna Bianco, Rosado and Rosso—all come from vineyards located at the site of an active volcano, giving unique flavor profiles to each. Both gentlemen will be on hand to guide guests through the dinner, which will be prepared by Chef Craig Degel. Cost of the wine dinner is $55 per person (plus tax; gratuity not included.
You’re probably aware we’re in the throes of pumpkin season. Menus at restaurants, bars and bakeries — and, of course, Starbucks — are filling up with the orange gourds in every way, shape and form. But there are plenty of ways you can enjoy the season beyond the cloying pumpkin spice standard. Here are 17 pumpkin dishes and drinks you should be ordering right now in Chicago.
Chicago restaurants donate to Italy earthquake relief through pasta
Chicago restaurants are joining a worldwide campaign to bring aid to victims of Wednesday's earthquake in central Italy, creating specials and donating the proceeds to the effort.
Because Amatrice, one of the villages most damaged in the quake, is the birthplace of the dish spaghetti all'amatriciana, many of the specials involve that pasta preparation.
Join il Porcellino and Massimo Furlan of Cantina Le Monde from Italy’s famed Friuli region on Monday, September 19 for a three-course dinner with guided wine pairings. Cantina Le Monde, located in the famous Grave del Friuli area that extends from the foothills of the Alps to the Adriatic Sea, is known for its natural, high quality wines that are an expression of the Northern Italian terroir. Complementing the wines is a seasonal menu prepared by Chef Craig Degel.
If you're more of a rum than a gin fan, you'll definitely want to check out the Negroni recipe below.