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Restaurant Wed Jan 11 2012
Last night marked the official grand opening of Eduardo's Enoteca, 1212 N. Dearborn St. in the Gold Coast neighborhood. An offshoot of the Eduardo's natural pizza brand, this intimately cozy 30 seat restaurant has actually been open since November.
Last night's grand opening was a chance to highlight the wine bar's focus on light and authentic Italian dishes. Displaying seasonal, locally crafted noshes as well as beers and cocktails, the grand opening presented a sampling of everything. From their antipasti -- artisan cheese & charcuterie boards and mushroom crostini (perhaps even more of a crowd-pleaser than their take on the classic bruschetta) -- to house made tagliatelle bolognese pasta and rustic, hand rolled pizza slices. These simple and fresh takes on Italian staples will make you think you hear gondoliers in the background, although the modern and varied soundtrack and a sip of a signature cocktail just might bring you back to the reality of your Chicago surroundings quite quickly. The "love affair" was the signature cocktail of the night -- definitely a drink that heats things up, garnished with a flamed orange peel and fresh basil leaf. If last night is any indication, executive chef and owner Noah D. Himmel will be right at home at this new take on an old classic.