Eduardo’s Enoteca in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood is a welcoming oasis just off the busy Division Street corridor and a stone’s throw from the Rush St. mecca.
The intimate space seduces you with its romantic atmosphere and semi-tropical outdoor patio.
Eduardo’s Enoteca is a lighter, trendier version of its former self--part of the Edwardo’s Natural Pizza chain.
The departure from stuffed pizzas to the thin crust Neapolitan style pizzas, artisanal cheeses and crostini is a welcome one. The food is fresh, local and authentic Italian fare-- with the menu changing along with the seasons.
The special summer menu, which debuted Friday, offers six summertime selections from grilled eggplant to a summer veggie pizza topped with a refreshing assortment of grilled vegetables, ricotta, pesto, mozzarella, asiago and lemon.
A special summer cocktail menu of seven signature creations leads off with the Strawberry Blonde--a combo of Wathen's bourbon, strawberries, ginger beer and bitters.
Whether you're looking for a glass of wine or a craft beer to have along with a light supper--or a gioie della tavola con il vino--the joys of a full course dinner with wine--Eduardo's capable staff can make it happen.
When I was there Friday for lunch, I started off with the Parma Crostini.
The beautifully presented crostini with prosciutto, Bufala mozzarella, tomato, Aceto balsamico, EVOO (a Rachel Ray trademark) was the perfect combination of crunchy, zesty, cheesy--and a bargain, priced at $6. This or any of the other three crostini listed on the menu, along with a glass of wine, could be a light lunch for small eaters.
Not being a small eater and wanting to check out more of the menu for my review, I followed my crostini starter with selections from an artisanal cheese and charcuterie menu. The menu features an assortment of fromaggi and salumi from which to pick: 3 for $15/ 4 for $17/ 5 for $20.
I selected three soft cheeses and two of the six salumi choices offered. The standouts being the burrata--a fresh Italian cheese, made from mozzarella with a solid outer shell and a creamy soft middle--and the honey goat cheese which was smooth and buttery with a hint of sweetness. The third cheese, the semi soft asiago fresco was somewhat disappointing tasting bland and boring.
The braseola, an air-dried spiced beef, a specialty of the Lombardy region of Italy, along its northern border, was worth the wait--with the drying process taking up to three months--leaving a paper thin delectable cheese with a hint of juniper berries--a grand slam.
My other salumi selection, prosciuttp di parma, a dry-cured salty ham didn't disappoint. The assortment of olives and bread along with a cranberry fruit compote--that alternates fruits depending on the day or season--rounded out the platter.
Not being a quitter, I continued my feast with a selection from the Summer Specials menu--the Bibb Lettuce Salad.
This was not just any bibb salad--the plate was piled high with fresh bibb topped with a summery assortment of strawberries, Gorgonzola cheese, almonds, green olives, honey and a light cream lemon shallot dressing that hinted at the softness of a summer day--all this for $10.
Even though I took my time throughout the courses, even I have my limits. After all, it's just lunch. But what's a good meal without dessert--plus I was intrigued by an olive oil cake on the summer special menu.
The cake was the consistency of a light pound cake with a moist texture, presumably from the olive oil. Topped with a blackberry and served with a lush blackberry cream--it was a magnifico finale.
Hours and location:
1212 N. Dearborn, 312-337-4490. Open 7 days a week. Hours: Mon – Fri opens 11 a.m. for Lunch, Dinner
Sat & Sun, opens at 10 am for Brunch, Lunch, Dinner.
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