Suffer in rush hour traffic or stop at Prosecco for a lovely dinner? That was the question posed to me from my thoughtful husband. Gee I wonder, was there even a question how I would respond? “That would be great!”
If you happen to know Bob and I, we just happen to love Champagne, I mean really love it. We celebrate just about anything we can think of all the time with a bottle of bubbly. Any excuse at all. So years ago when we heard of a restaurant named Prosecco, it was a must try restaurant. Prosecco is one of the restaurants named under Romantic Restaurants in Chicago on this blog/website. And yes it is a very romantic restaurant that serves delicious Regional Italian fare.
Back to the present, we didn’t have reservations, which wasn’t a problem on an early Thursday evening. We were warmly greeted, seated and served the customary complimentary and very welcome glass of Prosecco immediately. This was a delightful idea, Bob! I never turn down bubbly, Prosecco or Champagne, never. (The quick explanation of the difference between Champagne and Prosecco is: Prosecco is sparkling wine made in the Veneto region of Italy, and Champagne is a sparkling wine made in the Champagne region of France.)
We ordered one of our go-to appetizers which is anything with grilled calamari. Prosecco’s version was fantastic: Polipetti E Calamari Grigliati: Grilled baby octopus, calamari, fingerling potatoes, string beans, diced Roma tomatoes, with roasted garlic.
For an entree I picked: Scallops with spinach, shitake mushrooms and diced Roma tomatoes. Bob chose: Rigatoni with pancetta, mild Italian sausage and a light tomato cream sauce. I wish I had a picture of them, but we gobbled them up way too fast.
I only managed to stop long enough to get a picture of the appetizer and the Limoncello that Sam Geatti, the Wine Director, graciously treated us to. Prosecco’s Limoncello is fantastic and it made this very romantic and impromptu dinner complete!