Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-06-09
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

SAVOR Nonnina: New team maintains high standards
by Andrew Davis
2021-03-04

This article shared 1640 times since Thu Mar 4, 2021
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


I'm not gonna lie: I was a little concerned about Nonnina (340 N. Clark St.; NonninaChicago.com).

News trickled down that the highly esteemed team of Executive Chef Tony Priolo and business partner Ciro Longobardo (who are behind Piccolo Sogno and Maillard Tavern as well) left Nonnina, although the spot's host told Windy City Times that they've remained consultants. (Joe Bazzi is the new general manager.)

The new executive chef is John Boudouvas, a very affable individual who has worked at Francesca Restaurant Group, Mia Figlia, Lettuce Entertain You Group and, most recently, at Avli River North. His background includes working with Greek, Italian and even French-Moroccan dishes. However, even if he's Priolo-approved, there's always that chance that the quality might take a hit, as different chefs have various approaches to the same dishes.

However, my fears were assuaged. The antipasti were pretty satisfying. My friend requested (and quite liked) the cheese board, which came with various Italian cheeses as well as crostini and mostarda. I thoroughly enjoyed the pork belly and polenta; the belly was tasty (albeit slightly overcooked) and the polenta was perfectly creamy. Other options include everything from grilled octopus to meatballs to fritto miso (crispy fried calamari, shrimp and bay scallops with lemon, zucchini and basil pesto-caper dressing).

We skipped the salads, although the intriguing varieties—such as kale, eggplant and burrata—warrant a return visit. There are also some very tempting pizzas, such as chicken and spinach; leek and mushroom; Margherita; and nduja and goat cheese.

With Nonnina being an Italian restaurant, it seemed like the right thing to actually try the pasta dishes and see how good Boudouvas' skills really are. Well, color me impressed. I tried the bucatini carbonara, and it was a wonderful melange of the pasta, pancetta and peas, topped with a perfectly placed egg. (By the way, splitting the egg and mixing the yolk with the other ingredients is the most satisfying feeling.) Similarly, my dining companion ordered a stand-by—the chicken parmesan; he loved it, adding that the accompanying spaghetti was cooked very well. (By the way, main dishes also include salmon, chicken Vesuvio, grilled vegetables and even a cheeseburger with truffle mayo.)

As for the desserts, I implore you to try them (although I took my delicious mini-cannoli home because I was so full). My friend ordered the flourless chocolate cake, which came with raspberry gelato and mixed berries. Although he said the dish reminded him of Valentine's Day (pink items), he was more than pleased with the items.

If there was one weakness, it was my drink. The lemonade, seemingly made from a mix, had remnants of powder in it and was very tart. My friend ordered a whiskey sour, and he said the heady concoction was definitely sour (which he actually liked).

However, Boudouvas has acquitted himself admirably. I heartily recommend Nonnina—and, if you're not comfortable going there, you can order dishes through Toast, Caviar, DoorDash, Uber Eats and GrubHub.

—COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS: They include socially distant dining, a mask requirement when entering, state-of-the-art air-filtration ionizers, the cleaning of tables after patrons leave, hand sanitizers, masked waitstaff and host, a limited number of diners, a bar-code menu—and even bags for patrons' masks.


This article shared 1640 times since Thu Mar 4, 2021
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Black Restaurant Week-Midwest in Chicago July 23-Aug. 1 2021-07-21
- Black Restaurant Week, LLC, joins the No Crumb Left Behind campaign by hosting its second campaign in Chicago on July 23-Aug. 1. ...


Gay News

Taste of Chicago To-Go" starts Wednesday 2021-07-07
--From a press release - Taste of Chicago To-Go" starts Wednesday with food vendors and food trucks; Chicago City Market vendors; Chicago SummerDance instructors; House City DJs; author Marisel Vera; Taste of Chicago favorites Eli's Cheesecake, Robinson's No. 1 Ribs and ...


Gay News

SBA: Illinois restaurants received $1.4 billion in pandemic funds 2021-07-06
- The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced funds for its $29-billion restaurant pandemic relief program were exhausted—leaving nearly two-thirds of applicants out of the money, The Chicago Tribune reported. In Illinois ...


Gay News

SAVOR Dinner at the Loop restaurant/cafe Venteux 2021-07-06
- Let's just get this out of the way now: Dining at the Pendry establishment Venteux (224 N. Michigan Ave.; https://venteuxchicago.com/)—a brasserie, cafe and oyster bar—is a singular experience. Partner/Executive Chef ...


Gay News

SAVOR Ballyhoo restaurants Gemini and Old Pueblo Cantina 2021-07-05
- Ballyhoo Hospitality may not have quite the stable of eateries that, say, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants has. However, judging by two of the restaurants I recently visited, Ballyhoo is definitely making its mark in Chicagoland. Gemini ...


Gay News

SAVOR Lincoln Park spot Mesa Urbana 2021-07-04
- More than four years ago, I traveled to a small Glenview strip mall to visit the Mexican fusion spot Mesa Urbana—and was bowled over by dishes such as shrimp farfalle, pechuga de pollo (chicken with onions ...


Gay News

Gilead requests approval of twice-a-year HIV medication 2021-07-02
- Biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences recently submitted a new drug application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—and it's for the drug lenacapavir, a long-acting HIV inhibitor that is under clinical ...


Gay News

Taste of River North on Aug. 20-21 at new location 2021-07-01
- River North Residents Association today announced that its acclaimed annual food and entertainment festival, Taste of River North, will return for 2021 to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Taking place Aug. 20-21, Taste of River North moves ...


Gay News

Schakowsky participates in reopening of Chicago restaurant 2021-06-22
- On June 21, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky—a senior chief deputy whip and founding member of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus—attended the ribbon-cutting for the reopening of Vincent, an Andersonville restaurant in her ...


Gay News

SAVOR Rewired Pizza Bar & Cafe 2021-06-20
- Rewired Pizza Bar & Cafe (1100 W. Thorndale Ave.; https://rewiredcafe.com/) may come across as a largely unassuming cafe—but this spot hides several pleasant surprises that separate it from similar spots and make it a place worth ...


Gay News

SAVOR Gordon Ramsay Burger to open spot in River North 2021-06-18
- Expanding the chef namesake's empire, Gordon Ramsay North America announced that Gordon Ramsay Burger is coming to Chicago's River North neighborhood. Gordon Ramsay Burger will be located at the corner of State and Ontario, just west ...


Gay News

Filicia reunites with the 'Fab Five' 2021-06-17
- Queer Eye for the Straight Guy debuted on television in 2003 on Bravo. It starred the "Fab Five," each with a different specialty. Ted Allen was the expert on food, Kyan Douglas was in charge of ...


Gay News

Chicago Gourmet returning in September 2021-06-17
- The organizers of Chicago Gourmet announced details surrounding the September 2021 celebration. With a focus on reuniting gourmet enthusiasts with Chicago's culinary community, founding sponsors at the Illinois Restaurant Association ...


Gay News

Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE announce more summer cultural events across Chicago 2021-06-14
--From a press release - CHICAGO — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced even more returning, new and reimagined summer cultural events across Chicago — plus artist lineups and other details ...


Gay News

'Let's Talk Womxn Supper Club & Conversation' on June 25 2021-06-09
- The group of 40 Chicago independent, women-led restaurants—better known as Let's Talk Womxn Chicago—has launched the monthly "Let's Talk Womxn Supper Club & Conversation." The next event will take place Friday, June 25, 6:30-9 p.m., with ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.