Yummy - Wood Fire Chef’s Dinner at Osteria Via Stato

March 15 2007

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One of Sarah and my favorite restaurants is Osteria Via Stato on State Street in Chicago. Italian at its best. We have taken Katherine McGiveny, our mothers, and have gone many times the two of us. The last time we went, head chef David DiGregorio came out and chatted with us and served us a Candied Orange and Hazelnut Gelatto desert. We loved it, but really were warmed at how down to earth and friendly Chef DiGregorio was. As we walked out of the restaurant that night, I noticed a sign that talked about joining Chef David for a Wood Fire Chef's dinner. We loved the idea and invited Ed and his foodie significant other.

Last night, the 4 of us went to the event. 6 people sit at what you would call a bar, except behind the bar is a wood fire oven and the prep station. Chef David cooked and served us

  • Homemade bread with olives
  • A cheese plate of Parmesan and young Sardinian pecorino (it was supposed to be just one cheese, but foodie brought up the pecorino and he added it)
  • Oven roasted Onions, an Osteria special
  • Meatballs with Parmesan cheese
  • Marinated Beets with Goat Cheese and Greens
  • Wild Mush Risotto
  • Home made pasta with free range Chicken
  • Beef Short Ribs on parsnips
  • A desert tray with chocolate covered nuts, chocolate dips Gooseberries, a orange macaroon cookie, and this amazing flavored shaved ice with blood oranges

Chef David added to the evening buy offering us ChocolateChello, which they make there. When he asked if we wanted Chocolatechello or Lemonchello, Ed's comment was "Chocolate is always good" ... it was amazing! He even brought out a candle in a treat for one of the other guests, who was celebrating his birthday.

The food was great, company was very good, and Chef David took amazing care of us. He even put up with all of my questions :-). All of that, and a glass of champaign to start the evening, for $50 a person. Considering that you will spend a minimum of $35 on their Italian Family dinner service plus wine, that is an amazing deal. If you are looking for a great evening of food, call Osteria and sign up. They only do it on Wednesdays and there is a bit of a wait. If you can not do that, just eat there. It is our favorite restaurant.