You know their bread from your local market and their cafe in Oak Brook, but the folks at Labriola give you the full restaurant treatment at their first outpost in the city. Located off the Magnificent Mile, Labriola Ristorante and Cafe offers diners either casual cafe experience or fully-seated, Italian hospitality in their dining room. The recent addition of a lunch menu, welcomed news to locals and tourists alike, has our interest piqued, check out our choice snaps:
This is an Italian restaurant after all and a platter of Salumi and Formaggio is the only way to start your meal. Meats and cheeses change daily accompanied by jams and variety of olives.
Labriola offers daily soup specials on their new lunch menu. Tomato Soup is a classic for a reason, especially when topped with grated cheese and a balsamic drizzle.
All of Labriola's pastas are hand-made and in house.
The Bucatina all'Amartriciana is not only tough to pronounce but a taste of Italy with guanciale, caramelized onions, tomatoes and a Pecorino cheese topping.
A variety of cafe favorites are also offered on the dining room lunch menu. Of all the pastas, the Four Cheese Tortellini in a Garlic Cream Sauce produces the dreamy scenes of the Italian countryside. Each ring-shaped pasta is filled with ricotta, parmesan, pecorino romano and asiago cheeses
Neapolitan style pizza can provide the onus for any Italian-inspired lunch. The Goat Cheese and Grilled Vegetable pizza offers up seasonal grilled vegetables with baby spinach, extra virgin olive oil and topped with California goat and mozzarella cheese.
The Slow Roasted Berkshire Porchetta Sandwich had our attention from the get-go. Porky goodness complemented with rapini and calabrian pepper spread.
And if you are in the mood for dessert (since who isn't?), chef's choice always leaves you happily surprised and satisfied.