Created through the partnership of longtime friends and industry veterans Nancy Silver (Blackbird, Firefly, Charlie Trotter’s) and Chris Pappas (The Winchester, Sepia, Mia Francesca, Soul Kitchen, Red Light, Old Town Social), Americano 2211, Wicker Park’s new boutique restaurant and bar inspired by European street cafes, officially opened to the public on Wednesday, April 13th.
"The name is a play on a European café…but ironically called Americano" -co-owner Chris Pappas
Located in the heart of
Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, Americano 2211 will initially open
doors as an inviting, walk-up counter service cafe serving breakfast and
lunch exclusively, but in the forthcoming months the venue will expand
hours as an all-day restaurant adding evening bar and aperitif
service. In opening Americano 2211, Pappas and Silver have made
strategic updates to the interior of the beloved former Birchwood
Kitchen space to keep the signature vibe in tact. The 1,200 square foot
eatery seats 45 and features wraparound bar-stool seating in the front
atrium, low top tables as well as ample counter space where guests can
pull up a stool and dine side by side.
The venue’s opening hours will kick off on weekdays from 8am to 3pm and weekends from 9am to 4pm, with all menus designed by Executive Chef Fred Noinaj. A Chicago native, Noinaj returns to the city fresh off the Austin food truck scene and has spent time in the kitchens of avec and Analogue training under several of the area's top chefs. Nancy Silver’s from- scratch pastries will feature a balance of morning to evening options ranging from sweet to savory and everything in between. Perched atop the massive marble slab pastry counter, selections such as Meyer Lemon Pudding Cakes, Rosemary-Sea Salt Biscuits, Cocoa-Crème Fraiche Coffee Cake and a rotating daily quiche will be available for dine-in or guests on-the-go.
The breakfast menu will boast an array of traditional American morning dishes such as soft scrambled egg and schug biscuit sandwiches, as well as European-inspired breakfast items like Burrata with savory eggplant jam, and Khlia grilled “beef jerky”,
served with fried eggs, pickled peppers and grilled bread. True to its
name, Americano 2211 will also present a coffee and tea
program, with hand crafted espresso beverages from Intelligentsia and
fresh brewed Kilogram tea.
For lunch Americano 2211 will showcase fresh, Mediterranean influenced small plates such as a Pearled Barley Salad with pickled shallots, charred carrots, frisee, ginger, and a sumac-currant vinaigrette, a spiced lentil and kale soup, and a lineup of artisan sandwiches like the Seared Halloumi or the Open Faced Cured White Anchovies Sandwich served with shaved red onion, herbs, chili, mustard oil and grilled bread.
Just in time for warmer weather, guests can look forward to dining al fresco in Americano 2211’s ivy canopied outdoor back patio, which will seat 30. In addition to the upcoming dinner menu, an assortment of Snookelfritz ice creams and sorbets including Grapefruit-Prosecco Sorbet and Coffee ice cream with red wine cherries and crushed amaretti, as well as an evening bar and wine/aperitif program are slated to debut at Americano 2211 this summer.