Openings: Via Ventuno | Bleader

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Openings: Via Ventuno

Posted By on 03.24.09 at 06:44 PM

Via Ventuno, Jerry Kleiner's Italian redo of his Prohibition-themed Room 21, opened tonight under executive chef Jim Kilberg (Coco Pazzo Cafe, Bice, Gioco), and the menu looks pretty appealing--especially the antipasti, which include arancini, stuffed rice balls, and cinghiale, wild boar-cranberry sausage with cannellini beans; you can also get a chef's selection of olives and white anchovies for $3. Other starters include seven varieties of bruschetta and seven salumi.

Primi include handmade pastas like chitarra ("guitar strings") and capellacci ("bishops' hats") stuffed with cauliflower, pancetta, and bread crumbs. Secondi--most in the range of $18-$22--include a 30-ounce porterhouse for two, tagliata with wild mushrooms and spinach, and a pan-roasted sea bass with rapini and anchovy sauce. There's also a children's menu with meals between $7 and $10 that include gelato or sorbet for dessert.

Wines range from a $26 sparkler to a $260 1989 Phelps cab, with glasses mostly between $10 and $14. Specialty cocktails--for example, the West Egg, with green Chartruese, Scotch, Galliano, and peach bitters--are 11 bucks a pop.

According to the PR, "a collection of treasures are displayed throughout the restaurant and bar, allowing guests to get a first-time glimpse into the 'life of Kleiner.'"

Via Ventuno, 2110 S. Wabash, 312-328-1198, dinner daily.

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