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POY Dec 19, 2011 10:14 PM

I will be visiting my cousin in Feb. and want to cook him and his partner a fine meal. I will need to shop for smoked salmon, free range chicken, tarragon, creme fraiche, etc. He lives near Division St. and I would appreciate any shopping tips you can give me. In addition, a recommendation for an up-scale Italian restaurant would also be appreciated.

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  1. chicgail RE: POY Dec 20, 2011 05:38 AM

    Whole Foods on Kingsbury and North Ave will be perfect for the ingredients for the dinner you are making. They have everything you want and more.

    For the upscale Italian restaurant I would consider either Spiaggia, Cafe Spiaggia, or Piccolo Sogno. Spiaggia is where the Obamas often go when they are in town. It has been awarded one star from Michelin and is very expensive. Cafe Spiaggia is also excellent. It shares a website, a location and a kitchen with it's big sister, but it is more affordable. Piccolo Sogno is also excellent and reservations are not easy to get so I would try to snag one now.

    Sounds like a fun visit.

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    Cafe Spiaggia
    980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

    Piccolo Sogno
    464 N Halsted, Chicago, IL 60622

    Spiaggia
    980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

    1. camusman RE: POY Dec 20, 2011 07:22 AM

      Depending where your cousin is on Division, Fox and Obel may be within range.
      http://www.fox-obel.com/
      I much prefer Piccolo Sogno to Cafe Spiaggia.

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        POY RE: camusman Feb 27, 2012 12:57 PM

        Found everything I needed at Whole Foods plus had a slice of deep dish pizza (surpize, I liked it), savory pies from a new place near the airport and, the best of all, a dinner at the Girl and the Goat. Their peppers and octopus appetizers were excellent. I will return.

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