Saturday, April 26, 2008
Weekend Watering Hole: Quartino Ristorante, Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Chicago, Ill.
As a regular weekend feature, Lyke2Drink will visit some of the world's great watering holes. This week we find ourselves in Chicago enjoying some great Italian food and specialty drinks.
Quartino Ristorante, Pizzeria & Wine Bar
626 N. State Street
During my recent visit to Chicago I decided to make a visit to Quartino on the recommendation of our daughter, Brhea, who attends Loyola University. The place was firing on all cylinders, with great food, superb service and delectable drinks.
If you like Italian food with a homemade touch, the menu will be a favorite. We focused on several hot small plates that allowed us to sample the broccoli rabe, veal meatballs Napoli and eggplant parmigiana. We also had pasta with bolognese meat sauce. Each dish was excellent.
The wine list at Quartino is fairly priced and offers good variety. The bar area is a good place for a drink and a snack if you are not hungry enough for a full meal.
Massimo Serradimigni was overseeing the operations the day we came in and he treated us to one of the best Bellini cocktails we've ever had. Made using the original recipe from Harry's American Bar in Venice, the drink was a perfect combination of prosecco with fresh white peach puree. This was an extremely refreshing drink and clearly handcrafted.
Quartino also makes its own Limoncello and Orangecello. More restaurants should take the time to make signature drinks like these. A crisp and refreshing way to end a meal, this is the type of unique drink experience that will keep customers coming back.