Small Plates, Authentic Tastes on Halsted
La Trattoria del Merlo, the newest addition to the Merlo family of restaurants, announces the launch of their exciting new menu concept featuring authentic Italian small plates, delicate handmade pastas and an accessible wine program to launch Wednesday, July 14, 2010.
Executive Chef/Owner Luisa Silvia Marani, has created a true Italian dining experience using age- traditional recipes from her native home of Bologna and the finest ingredients, many imported from Italy. “The goal,” says Marani of creating the new menu concept, “is to give our Lincoln Park neighbors the experience of the quintessential Italian neighborhood restaurant, with plenty of simple dishes perfect for sharing over a bottle of wine and conversation.” Marani’s commitment to tradition is firmly based on serving the highest quality ingredients and remaining consistent to her “slow food” philosophy.
The new menu features more than thirty small plates for sharing and sampling ranging from $6 to $18 each, around eight pastas hand-made fresh each day starting at just $9 and twenty-three Young & Emerging wines under $35 per bottle. La Trattoria del Merlo’s new menu brings the authentic taste of Bologna to Lincoln Park in an intimate 100-seat setting at extremely affordable prices.
Included on the new menu are small plates like Pizza fritta pomodorini, capperi, olive e Mozzarella di Bufala Campana (cherry tomatoes, capers, olives and Mozzarella di Bufala Campana on fried pizza crust) for $6, Brodetto nel vetro (tiger shrimp, heart of celery, red onion, green tomatoes, basil and red wine vinegar) served in a glass jar for $14 and Carciofi alla Romana alla menta (whole artichoke, E.V.O.O., parsley, garlic and mint) for $8.
Handmade pastas include Rigati di semola al ragu Bolognese (“Pasta Rigati” made of Semola di Grano Duro in Silvia’s traditional ragout Bolognese) for $12, Spaghetti di farro alla giuggiolona (farro flour spaghetti, pinenuts & fresh herbs in white wine with a touch of cream) for $9 and Spagolini cremolati, olio, aglio e acciughe (“Spagolini Pasta” made of semola and egg whites, with E.V.O.O., garlic and anchovy) for $9. Complete menu is below. Photos available upon request.
The Young and Emerging Wine Menu includes by-the-glass selections ranging from $7-$9 and twenty three wines and sparkling wines by the bottle for under $35. Selections include Pinot Grigio Sartori for $26 and Montepulciano Nobili for $25. Traditional and Reserve wines are also available upon request. The new menu also features a refreshing array summer cocktails. Complete wine list is below.
La Trattoria del Merlo
1967 N Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614