Located in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, il Porcellino is one of the latest ventures from the Lettuce Entertain You group, offering a cozy restaurant honing in on classic Italian-American comfort food. Seasonal menus feature homemade pastas that use locally sourced ingredients, plus a wide-ranging cocktail program. The Jimmy Two Times was inspired by the movie “Goodfellas” and boasts the flavors of rye whiskey, ginger and grapefruit. “They’re all light enough ingredients to work well with many dishes on the menu, particularly the antipasti and pastas,” says LEYE Beverage Director Julian Cox. “The ginger also gives a nice, warm kick.” 

INGREDIENTS
—1 oz. fresh lime juice
—1 oz. Amaro Nonino
—1 oz. rye whiskey (Old Overholt is recommended)
—.5 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
—.5 oz. Rhum JM Cane syrup
—2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
—candied ginger, for garnish

DIRECTIONS
1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Combine the ingredients and shake until the outside of the container is cold, about 10 seconds.
3. Strain the cocktail into a coupe glass. Garnish with skewered candied ginger. 

Provided by il Porcellino

Located in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, il Porcellino is one of the latest ventures from the Lettuce Entertain You group, offering a cozy restaurant honing in on classic Italian-American comfort food. Seasonal menus feature homemade pastas that use locally sourced ingredients, plus a wide-ranging cocktail program. The Jimmy Two Times was inspired by the movie “Goodfellas” and boasts the flavors of rye whiskey, ginger and grapefruit.

 

After a two-year hiatus from the restaurant world, chef Jason Vincent is back with Giant. The 40-seat spot in Logan Square offers classic Midwestern dishes from the culinary genius named Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef” and a winner of the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand award. General Manager and Partner Josh Perlman will oversee Giant’s beverage program, which includes a boutique wine and beer list and classic cocktails like this one—named after A Tribe Called Quest song.

 

There’s a world of flavors out there and Arbella aims to try them all. The new River North cocktail lounge, from the VBD Hospitality team behind Peruvian restaurant Tanta, describes itself as “an energetic, sophisticated social gathering place celebrating the art of mixology with a sense of travel and exploration.” The spirit shows in this drink inspired by a summertime refresher of lime sorbet topped off with red wine often sold in Mexican street markets.