We are all in search of warmth this time of year. Nestled into the deep, red booths of il Porcellino you’ll find the comfort that you’re looking for with the launch of their new menu. The best old-school red sauce joint is hiding in the new school neighborhood of the city, and they’re waiting to welcome you in with classics like Gnocchi Bolognese, Linguine & White Clam Sauce, Chicken Marsala and more.
Though the menu has transformed, the backbone of what il Porcellino stands for has not waivered. It boils down to the freshest ingredients, well-crafted cocktails, and exceptional service. The moment you cross the threshold of the Italian-American restaurant, you are immediately greeted by the scent of sauteed garlic. Let your nose lead you to ordering a whole loaf of garlic bread made fresh daily in the bakeshop. You won’t regret it.
If it’s been a long day, or even a long week, you earned yourself an Aperitivo Hour at il Porcellino. Kick back with your Rat Pack and join us Monday-Thursday from 4:00PM to 6:00PM for an Antipasti Board for $7 a person. If there’s anything that goes better with meat and cheese than a $6 negroni, we haven’t heard of it.
Looking to feed a large, hungry group? The family-style feast for $39.95 a person will make any large party happy with a table filled with plates pulled from the main menu. You receive house-baked bread the moment you sit down and can choose a salad, two antipasti, two pastas, and two main dishes, such as the Brick Chicken Vesuvio served with potato wedges, peas, and a garlic broth.
Not well-versed in vino talk? Not to worry when you take a peek at the “Good, Better, Best” feature at the top of the menu. Wine Director Ryan Arnold takes care in choosing affordable, quality wine from his favorite regions of Italy with the best value. You won’t break the bank with a $27 bottle of Chianti in a basket, which also happens to be a match made in Italian heaven to your Pappardelle with 5-hour meat ragu.
Thinking of pairing your Pork Chop Milanese with a cocktail instead? il Porcellino’s bar program focuses on exceptionally crafted cocktails with not only freshly squeezed juices, but cubes of ice that they cut themselves. With a Customizable Negroni option, you’ll experience new age twists on Italian-inspired cocktails courtesy of Beverage Director, Julian Cox.
Conversation flows a little easier when bowls of pasta and glasses of wine cover the table between you and friends. We invite you to start up the tradition of family dinners again, whether your family is blood or not.
il Porcellino is ready to welcome you with their new menu at 59 W. Hubbard St. For more information on il Porcellino visit ilporcellinochicago.com, give us a call at 312-595-0800 or follow us @ilporcellinochi on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.