— The fall weather is unseasonably warm in Chicago this week, but by the weekend the temperatures will have dropped significantly, so throw on a wool scarf and join us for a month of recipes from the Windy City!
Cuisine in Chicago has progressed by leaps and bounds since the days of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s sketch on “Saturday Night Live” — “Cheezborger, cheezborger, cheezborger” — the skit inspired by a real Chicago restaurant, the Billy Goat Tavern.
There isn’t a cheeseburger in sight as we head to our first stop in our monthlong visit to Chicago. The delicious recipe for galletto ripieno alla papalina, which is deboned Cornish hen stuffed with polenta, porcini mushrooms, chestnuts, mild sausage, black truffles and served with fingerling potatoes, is a perfect example of the sophisticated, regional Italian dishes on executive chef Mark Sparacino’s menu.
Prosecco is a chic yet unpretentious white-tablecloth restaurant in the heart of Chicago's River North gallery district. The name Prosecco is taken from a grape and a wine. This restaurant lives up to its name by being Chicago’s first proseccheria — and offering the largest selection of Italian sparkling wine in Chicago. The art-filled restaurant is perfectly at ease in its gallery-district setting with décor inspired by Venetian art.
About the chef: Mark Sparacino is executive chef and partner at Prosecco Ristorante as well as his namesake restaurant, Sparacino Ristorante. Beginning his career more than 20 years ago after attending Chicago’s Loyola University, Mark realized his true love was in the kitchen. His hands-on knowledge was augmented by years of class work at the esteemed Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, where Mark took coursework in soups, stocks and sauces, charcuterie, desserts, chocolates and catering. He has studied wine from around the world one vineyard at a time, as well as taken courses at the Chicago Wine School. Adding to his repertoire, Sparacino decided to combine his two passions — fine dining and travel — with several seasons in Aspen, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British West Indies.
710 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60610
312 951 9500