CHICAGO, IL – January 2016 – Il Porcellino, a rustic everyday trattoria from partners R.J., Jerrod & Molly Melman and chef/partner Doug Psaltis, is opening at 59 W. Hubbard Street. The casual restaurant will deliver authentic Italian fare and focus on local ingredients and artisans. Highlights of the menu include a large selection of antipasti, Sicilian focaccia pizzas (which are also available to-go) and housemade pasta offerings. Guests can also expect an Italian-driven wine program that encourages sharing and offers different sizes and styles of bottlings, including a reintroduction to great table wine with fiasco del giorno selections presented in those familiar Italian wicker baskets.
“We’ve had a long-time vision of opening a casual trattoria with dishes that showcase the more rustic side of Italian cuisine, really paying homage to the great Italian home cooks around the world,” adds Chef Psaltis. “These dishes are a culmination of our entire teams’ travels that have served as inspiration for the spirit of il Porcellino.”
Il Porcellino, named after the 17th-century Florentine bronze statue that is thought to bring good luck and a return visit to the medieval city, will be an all-day neighborhood trattoria. It will open with dinner, late night and carryout, with lunch and delivery to follow. The restaurant is slated to open in the Paris Club Bistro & Bar space at 59 W. Hubbard Street. Studio Paris Nightclub and Ramen-san will not be affected by the re-concept and will continue with normal business during renovations.