2824 W. Armitage | Logan Square | Chicago, Illinois | (773)661-1582 | website
The Osteria Langhe Restaurant pays tribute to the foods and wines of the Piemontese (Piedmont) region of Italy. Piedmont is in Italy’s northwest corner and is bordered by Switzerland and France. Piemontese means foot of the mountain and is surrounded on three sides by the Alps.
The ambiance of this cozy little restaurant can be defined as non-pretentious with bare wood tables in a casually elegant setting. They have approximately 15 tables and a bar that sits 8 to 10 people. It doesn’t try to impress you with glitz and glamour. Their focus is their authentic northern Italian dishes and wines with superb/impeccable service. To state it bluntly, this is not your typical Italian restaurant. You will not see Americanized Italian items on their menu. What you will see is carefully created seasonal dishes that will absolutely impress. In my opinion, this place is easily one of the best Italian restaurants in the city!
Opened in May of 2014, the restaurant is the brainchild of co-owners Aldo Zaninotto (Host, Wine Expert, and Piemontese Subject-Matter-Expert) and Cameron Grant who fine-tuned his craft while cooking in Piedmont. The results thus far would suggest that they are a perfect match for this endeavor.
They have 12 items on their Antipasti menu. I had the opportunity to sample many of them during my visit last week. The first item on the Antipasti menu is their Vitello Tonnato which consists of poached Piemontese beef, crispy duck egg, and tuna citrus caper aioli. This is a favorite of many patrons and now I know why. The other items are equally creative and delicious. It’s almost impossible to choose a favorite. The portions are sensible and will not ruin your Secondi main course.
Their second main course menu is a treasure. You are going to fall in love with Chef Grant’s inventive variety. From the Tajarin (House made noodles and meat ragu) to their Pesce (Pan roasted red snapper), you will want to try them all. One suggestion it to order different dishes at your table and share accordingly so that you can sample as much as possible in your first visit.
When visiting an authentic restaurant with a unique menu such as this, you may want to ask your server for suggestions and recommendations. The staff at Osteria Langhe is very knowledgeable and helpful. They are eager to bring you a first class experience. Mr. Zaninotto has personally selected the wine list of 120 different bottles from the Piedmont region. If you’re not sure which bottle is best for your meal, he will be more than happy to recommend different options.
Mr. Zaninotto shared with me that approximately 70% of his customers are repeats from the neighborhood. That’s the best endorsement any restaurant could hope for. This is truly an Italian gem of a restaurant. It’s a simple formula that goes a long way… provide your guests a true Italian meal and they will return. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Also published on examiner.com