Today was a glorious 62 degrees in Chicago. I woke up early, showered, got dressed and treated myself to a lovely solo brunch at Osteria Langhe in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.
Osteria Langhe has been on my radar for the past few months. It has been getting great reviews since
it opened in May 2014. I have been excited to visit this restaurant which is focused on culinary creations and wine pairings from Italy’s Piemonte region. Since I love brunch and I am a proud Italian-American, I have been looking forward to dining here. So, I hopped the CTA Blue Line to the California ‘L’ stop and walked 6 blocks south and 1 block west to Osteria Langhe.
Immediatelly, I was greeted with a warm smile from the gracious owner, Aldo Zaninotto, who asked me whether I preferred to sit at the bar or in the main dining area. When dining solo, I always appreciate being offered this option, rather than being forced to sit at the bar. On this particular day, I was chose to sit a the bar and take in the sunshine at the front of the house 🙂 In choosing to do so, I was able to chat with Aldo and learn more about his journey in opening this incredible restaurant.
Here is how my brunch went down:
I started with a couple of cups of coffee which Osteria Langhe is getting from local coffee vendor, La Colombe. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I am serious about my coffee. It should be piping hot until the last sip and never be bitter. Osteria Langhe pours this fabulous brew in a very pretty ceramic pitcher. Whether a restaurant has its focus on breakfast/brunch or simply offering coffee at all of its meals, it should be serving great-tasting coffee or simply close its doors. Period. Kudos to Osteria Langhe for taking coffee seriously and getting it right!
Aldo graciously offered me a sample of Chef Cameron Grant’s chocolate, hazelnut-dipped bacon which was the perfect complement to my coffee. Can you say “I want more?!”
For my main brunch entree, I ordered the rock shrimp polenta with bacon, peas and a perfectly poached egg. The polenta was the right amount of creamy and gritty. While I do not consider peas one of my favorite vegetables (I usually avoid them), the peas in this dish were verdant, earthy and crunchy. They were the perfect complement to the bacon. You want this dish. Trust me! It was light and fulfilling without being heavy 🙂
The space at Osteria Langhe is both airy and cozy with the feel of eating in a friend’s living room. There is a lovely communal table at the front of the house by the window overlooking Armitage. The perfect spot on a sunny day.
I finished off my brunch with a bright, citrusy cocktail made by Osteria Langhe’s friendly bartender, Andrew. The Lange Spumante is made with Encanto Pisco, Cocchi Americano, lemon, house orange bitters and sparkling wine. Light and delicious!
I will definitely be returning to Osteria Langhe with friends, family and solo for more of its many drool-worthy offerings. I suggest you put this place on your “to-do” list. Bonus! If you are already fan of the nearby Bang Bang Pie Shop, you must note that it supplies Osteria Langhe with its fabulous biscuits for the carbonara biscuits and gravy brunch item.
Osteria Langhe is located at 2824 W. Armitage. For more information, visit Click here.
In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Blue Line to Osteria Langhe. Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking. Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!