Some business people have the ingredients for success. They find something that works and try to duplicate it. Restaurateur Jerry Kleiner is a perfect example of opening several restaurants very similar in style and experiencing a level of success. His restaurants include Red Light, Carnival, Giocco, Marche and most recently 33 Club. Those venues are located in the city, but Kleiner has ventured out to Hinsdale to open Il Poggiolo and is making his mark in the burbs.
Il Poggiolo is located on the site of Hinsdale’s first silent movie theater and means ”The Balcony”. The interior is typcial “Kleineresque”, rich in colors including vibrant red upholstery. The atmosphere is warm, classy, casual and elegant. Big picture windows allow for a nice view of the outside. Like a lot Kleiner restaurants the food is solid. Nothing will really blow you away here, but dishes are nice, savory, and satisfying. Favorites to consider are the Arancini (rice balls filled with mushrooms and taleggio) and the Pesce Spada con Caponata (sword fish, vegetables, raisins, pine nuts, capers). The Lamb Shank special was good, but could have been a little more tender and their Risotto del Giorno with corn, leaks and mushrooms met, but didn’t exceed expectations. The Pan Roasted Halibut and Pan Roasted Seabass rounded out other solid dishes. The Fig Tart dessert was something special and comes highly recommended by yours truly.
Il Poggiolois a nice addition to downtown Hinsdale and should continue to provide Kleiner with a string of successful hot spots. The vibe and location could make it a fan favorite for the locals. Il Poggiolois located at 8 East First Street in the historic Harold R Zook building. Log onto www.ilpoggiolohinsdale.com for more information. Check out www.efete.net for more reviews on the newest and best restaurants in Chicago.
Monday night’s can be pretty slow on the dining scene. Due to slow traffic and the start of the work week, a lot of restaurants are closed. However, the folks at Rockit Bar and Grill can’t wait until Monday’s, because that’s when they feature their special ”Taste It” menu. “Taste It” Monday’s allows their Executive Chef to focus on one particular theme that pairs cuisine and wine flights to particular region.
December’s “Taste It” focuses on the region of France. It includes 3 appetizers and 3 flights of wine for $12. The appetizers for this month include:
Duck Confit Flatbread
gruyere cheese, thyme, fig and port wine jam
$8 a la carte
brie and morbier cheeses with sliced baguette, toasted nuts and dried fruit
$8 a la carte
topped with american sturgeon caviar
$10 a la carte
I had the pleasure of indulging last Monday and was very impressed with the food and the flights. Rockit Bar & Grill is located at 22 W. Hubbard St. downtown Chicago. Log onto www.rockitbarandgrill for more information.
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I recently had a chance to check out PIE, the hot new specialty cafe downtown. Located at 615 N. State St., PIE specializes in making homemade pies from classic recipes. The idea was actually conceptualized by co-owner Mike Hines, as he was showering. He said that he was craving one of his Grandmother’s homemade pies, but wasn’t able to find a homemade pie that measured up. So voila, PIE was born.
Dobra, their dessert chef, prepares the pies off site. Customers are able to sample pies once inside the specialty shop or take home a mini pie instead of a whole pie. PIE has a simplistic but elegant layout that triggers your senses when you walk inside. PIE features at least seven different flavors each season, which include apple cranberry, banana cream. strawberry rhubarb, Mississippi mud, and lemon meringue. If you’re not in the mood for pie, try their quiche, cookie and bars, or macarons. The coffee shop located inside PIE and a 5000 square foot garden in the back of the cafe will make it a popular hang out to relax and enjoy this summer’s weather. Check out their web site www.piechicago.com and get an inside look on Fete Select TV.
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