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Best Chicken Vesuvio in Chicago?

funholidaygirl Apr 3, 2007 07:25 AM

I am entertaining a friend next weekend who wants to eat the best regional dishes. I am suggesting Chicken Vesuvio, but wondering where to take him for it....

Pluses for a romantic atmosphere and a quaint neighborhood or family type place.... (I will have a car)

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    wak RE: funholidaygirl Apr 3, 2007 08:37 AM

    Its neither quaint nor particularly romantic, but I like the Chicken Vesuvio at Harry Carey's a lot. I hear the steak vesuvio there is excellent too.

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      Jesdamala RE: wak Apr 4, 2007 03:31 PM

      Me too!

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      lbs RE: funholidaygirl Apr 3, 2007 08:46 AM

      Sabatino's on Irving Park Rd has it. I don't if it's good but other things on the menu are so I would imagine that it's a safe bet. It has a romantic atmosphere (think strolling musicans). Easy to get too via car or public tranporation.

      4441 West Irving Park Rd

      1. chicgail RE: funholidaygirl Apr 3, 2007 10:26 AM

        I don't know who has really good Chicken Vesuvio in Chicago right now, but I do have Fritzel's (an old and largely forgotten Chicago classic) recipes for Chicken Vesuvio and Steak Diane. And they're good.

        Fritzel's gave them away when the restaurant closed in the early 70s and I was lucky enough to inherit them. Even their famous dishes date them, but it was the place to see and be seen at one time.

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          wak RE: chicgail Apr 3, 2007 11:09 AM

          Could you post the Vesuvio recipie? I've tried a few recipies in the past but am always interested in something new.

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            chicgail RE: wak Apr 4, 2007 09:18 AM

            Just wanted you to know that I've been searching for the recipe with no luck so far. I'll post it as soon as I find it.

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              chicgail RE: wak Apr 11, 2007 06:47 AM

              I found it!

              It's pretty spare and basic and you'll have to determine when it's done, but here goes: I sometimes add fresh lemon juice, but that's not true Vesuvio. Notice as well, that chickens used to be a lot smaller than they are now.

              Fritzel’s Chicken Vesuvio

              2-2 ½ lb chicken cut in pieces
              4 garlic cloves minced
              2 oz chopped parsley
              large pinch oregano
              olive oil

              Heat olive oil. Dredge chicken in flour, shake and add to pan. Sauté. Add potatoes to pan; add garlic, parsley, and oregano. Bake at 325 until potatoes are cooked

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                bryan RE: chicgail Apr 15, 2007 09:44 PM

                What? No peas?

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                  wak RE: bryan Apr 16, 2007 05:38 AM

                  Also no white wine. That's what really makes a great Vesuvio for me.

                  If you liked the above recipie, you might really love this one...


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              azhelene RE: chicgail Oct 11, 2007 07:53 PM

              please could i have steak diane recipe

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                jbw RE: azhelene Oct 12, 2007 06:36 AM


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              duckgumbo RE: funholidaygirl Apr 4, 2007 03:12 PM

              Il Vicinato, at Western Avenue & 23rd Street fits the bill for you. The chicken is delicious, and it's made properly, i.e., without peas. You can get it on the bone, off the bone, all white meat, or all dark meat. While you're at it, try the fried ravioli and a big salad for the table, with meat and cheese. The restaurant is a local neighborhood joint in the old Little Italy. Not a tourist in sight.

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                JJ. RE: funholidaygirl Apr 4, 2007 05:25 PM

                1. La Scarola on Grand; old school italian place

                2. Erie Cafe on Erie and the Chicago River; More expensive; great old-school steakhouse atmosphere (great cottage fries too).

                3. Or try the lemon chicken (not exactly vesuvio) at Tufano's on Vernon Park in Little Italy. Family owned place that goes way, way back. Chicken is served with cottage fry style potatoes (but they are baked, not fried). Prices are very reasonable, and great fried calamari too.

                These are my best picks for what it's worth.

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                  gillespie412 RE: funholidaygirl Apr 5, 2007 01:15 PM

                  You should definitely go to Calo Ristorante in Andersonville. Authentic, reasonable Italian food with a great wine selection. The atmosphere is warm and friendly. I find the restaurant quite romantic-but there are also a lot of families that dine there.

                  Afterwards, take your friend to Hopleaf for a drink or two.



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                    bryan RE: gillespie412 Apr 15, 2007 09:46 PM

                    I like Calos a lot. But their vesuvio is boneless chicken breasts rather than a half a cut-up chicken. But if you get the chance, when it's on special, order the chicken francese... very nice.

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                    JoeyH RE: funholidaygirl Apr 5, 2007 07:24 PM

                    Grotto on State would be another option. Chef Abraham Aguirre was at arry Carey's for 13 years.

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                      megsto RE: funholidaygirl Apr 6, 2007 10:18 AM

                      La Scarola! Definitely. It reminds me of a NY style, old boys club Italian place. Street parking is easy. The restaurant can get very busy/crowded, but its a fun restuarant. Much luck.

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                        Zippy RE: funholidaygirl Apr 8, 2007 01:17 PM

                        Some of the best I have found at either Rosebuds, Downtown or on Taylor St...and at Giannotti's on North River Road in Schiller Park.

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                          migi RE: funholidaygirl Apr 11, 2007 08:54 AM

                          I think that Bruna’s in the Italian restaurant area near 24th and Oakley, just East of Western, has the best chicken vesuvio in the city. This a small place in a very “quaint” neighborhood. The atmosphere is genuine, old Chicago Italian and the dining room is small so make reservations. You and your friend are going to love this place!

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                            devotiondoubt RE: migi Apr 12, 2007 06:54 PM

                            I second Bruna's.

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                            amoncada RE: funholidaygirl Apr 12, 2007 10:05 AM

                            Chicken Vesuvio:
                            Tufano's on Vernon Park in Little Italy
                            La Scarole on Grand and Halsted
                            Jim & Pete's on North Avenue west of Harlem

                            Greek Chicken:
                            Santorini, Rodity's, Greek Islands, or the Parthenon all in Greektown
                            Athenian Room on Webster and Halsted
                            Chicken Riganati at Tempo Restaurant on State Street in the Gold Coast

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                              jen0260 RE: funholidaygirl Apr 12, 2007 06:14 PM

                              Rosebuds Chicken Vesuvio is to die for!!!!! Love it!!! Otherwise, there is a great little Italian restaurant in Little Italy called "Bacchanalia" I think and they have great vesuvio as well!

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                                Food Maestro RE: funholidaygirl Oct 12, 2007 02:43 PM

                                The Italian Village, oldest restaurant in Chicago, has been making Chicken Vesuvio for years ! What a dish and they cook it from scratch. Check it out . great Wine List too.

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