Enter Piccolo Sogno Due, Chicago, and you instantly feel the romance – dark blue ceilings offset by crisp white woodwork and crisp linen tablecloths. Our table was off to the side, which I was thankful for because the room was becoming filled as we were seated. The good news was that the tables were spaced so it wasn’t a problem. (We were alone in a crowd.)
First things first, the bread basket was served promptly by our eager-to-please waiter and it didn’t disappoint, filled with a variety of freshly made focaccia, sourdough, flat breads, whole-wheat crackers and squid-ink sourdough. My mouth was watering immediately and I eagerly poured some of their fantastic olive oil in preparation to devour the savory breads. Yep, I was glad for the bread because we ambitiously decided on a wine-pairing
dinner and starting with some worthy bread is a good idea.
Our antipasta choice was the Polpo: grilled octopus, roasted peppers, fingerling potatoes and grilled frisee with tuna sauce. Octopus may not sound or look alluring to many and when it is over-cooked it tends to be rubbery. However, ours was cooked to perfection and
it was drop-dead delicious. We paired it with Prosecco and it made an excellent pairing.
Our salad course was Fava: fava beans, olive oil, arugula, and the Tuscan cheese Pecorino, paired with Rosso Blau. My reaction after a few bites was “wow!”
Our pasta course was the Pappardelle: long flat pasta, and spiced wild boar ragu. The pasta was perfect and the ragu was a rich mix of meat and tomato that I couldn’t stop eating. This was paired with Vino Nobile. It was hard to keep going at this point, but we were up for the challenge!
Our Carne (meat) course was the Vitello: grilled veal loin, local squash, tomatoes, roasted onions and fingerling potatoes with a balsamic. The veal was big-flavored and beautifully grilled. We enjoyed two glasses of Barolo with this course and decided we could not do another course justice.
Our experience at Piccolo Sogno Due was complete – romantic ambience with delicious Italian food (you can’t order the wrong thing here) and perfect wines. We will definitely be back for more and next time I’m determined to save room for dessert.
Images courtesy of Piccolo Sogno Due