Davanti Enoteca has chosen 800 W. Hillgrove Ave., Western Springs, as the newest location for its Italian rustic wine bar concept. Owned by Scott Harris, founder and CEO of Francesca Restaurants, the restaurant started in 2010 and has expanded to California and Arizona. The Western Springs location will be led by long time managing partner, Chris Elsey. The restaurant is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2013 or shortly thereafter. As for the menu, small plate starters include selections of vasi (jars of spreads) and boards (tableside presentations of dishes such as the mascarpone polenta and ragu of the day). Larger shareables will include pastas such as Uovo in Raviolo “San Domenico” (giant ravioli, ricotta, egg, spinach), pizzas like Pizza della Fattoria (farmed egg, potato, pork belly, scallions, asiago, and béchamel) and entrees such as Spada Davanti (grilled swordfish, brussel spouts, pancetta, Calabrian chili).
Grab a bite, take a sip
Bakersfield 330 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont, has a new beverage and bites night from 5 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday. Each week, a different style of drinks will be tasted and talked about, led by Beverage Director Sam McDaniel. Executive Chef Brian Wright will prepare small bites to pair with the wine/beer/spirits.
Beer now available at wine shop
Gibby’s Wine Den in Geneva has added beer to their beverage choices at their bar. Each month, in addition to their wine, four new craft beers will be highlighted on their bar menu.