It’s been two years since Sabatino’s — a legendary Northwest Facet Italian-American restaurant — closed, and now a key member of the kitchen’s employees is making ready to open his personal enterprise. Avvio American Italian Kitchen ought to debut in late September at 4358 N. Elston Avenue. Joel Piedra, a former chef at Sabatino’s, is opening the restaurant with stepson Daniel Carrasco, in line with Block Club Chicago.
Piedra started his profession at Sabatino’s as a 17-year-old, so when the restaurant — famed for its classic rendition of Shrimp DeJonghe — closed in 2018, Avvio is Piedra’s second try and open an unbiased restaurant, as plans for to launch in an area beside neighborhood bar McNamara’s on Irving Park Street fell by. Piedra shared the chef tasks at Sabatino’s with head chef Jose Ramos. Ramos has since moved on to guide the kitchen at one other purple sauce spot, Mart Anthony’s in West City.
Followers of Piedra’s work over the previous few a long time will probably be happy by menus posted to social media, although they’re nonetheless topic to alter. Former Sabatino’s homeowners and brothers Enzo and Angelo Pagni have reportedly given him the go-ahead to cook dinner something he likes off the unique restaurant’s menu, in line with Block Membership. Diners will discover acquainted hits like “Wealthy’s Particular,” an over-the-top combo that features a 5-ounce filet, marsala, breaded shrimp, and veal piccata; and Shrimp DeJonghe (as each an appetizer and entree). There are additionally tons of pastas, carne, vitello, and pesce.
A gap date isn’t but introduced, however Piedra reportedly hopes to open with restricted indoor eating within the subsequent two weeks. Possession has not but responded to a request for extra info.
The Pagni brothers opened Sabatino’s in 1978, and the restaurant got here to embody a sure sort of retro Italian restaurant that embeds itself within the hearts of Chicagoans. When information of its impending closure was introduced, 4 months earlier than doorways have been scheduled to shut, loyal fans took to social media to precise heartbreak and share tales, photographs, and movies of the restaurant. The restaurant loved a 40-year-run.
Avvio American Italian Kitchen, 4358 N. Elston Avenue, Scheduled to open in September.