Giglio's State Street Tavern is opening in the South Loop at 825 South State Street, where Chicago personality and boxing promoter (Hitz Boxing), Bobby Hitz shares not only his grandparents' recipes, but also his love for lingering family dinners around tables full of home-cooked Italian food.
While Giglio’s is decked out with 20 television screens for sports fans, the restaurants also has dark wood floors, plush mocha leather booths and black lacquer tables.
“Like my Grandma Giglio’s home, the restaurant is for family and friends to gather and feast,” said founder of Giglio’s, Bobby Hitz.
“Kick off” the meal with Fried Calamari, served with house-made cocktail and sweet chili sauces, or share Meatballs and Polenta, topped with a rich marinara. Round out the first course with Giglio’s must-have Eggplant Chopped Salad with fresh mozzarella and balsamic glaze.
Entrées include Roxy’s Pounded Pork, with sweet and spicy roasted peppers and Chicken Parmesan. Rustic pasta dishes feature Orechietti with Sausage and broccoli and white wine sauce; Rigatoni ala Vodka; and Gluten Free Beyond Burger Penne Bolognese. Thin and crispy pizzas include Cheese, Meatball, Sausage and Giglio’s signature Spicy Ricotta with fresh tomatoes. There are burgers and then there’s Big John’s Burger, topped with American cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce and tomatoes served on brioche.
For dessert, the Tiramisu Tower and vanilla, lemon or flavor of the day homemade Chicago Style Cheesecake.
Seasonal cocktails include Grandpa Giglio’s Sangria, with freshly chopped oranges and lemons; Cetriolo Martini, with cucumber purée and rosemary syrup; and the Tiramisu Shot, topped with whipped cream and cocoa powder. The drink menu also includes a list of wines and draft beers.
Giglio’s is open Monday through Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.