If you love Enzo Ferrari (a former Formula One driver) and his magnificent world of high-performance luxury sport cars, this festival is for you. Attend the 15th annual Ferrari Festival on September 9, 2012.
The event will feature plenty of Ferrari gems and it will be held in front of the Italian Village Restaurants on Monroe Street from Dearborn to Clark. The Italian Village is in the Chicago Loop and opened in 1927.
Here’s a video for all Ferrari lovers:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fja5d2DCQY&feature=related. Ferrari just built a new Ferrari Museum in Modena Italy. Check out the museum here: http://www.businessinsider.com/take-a-look-inside-the-ferrari-museum-2012-8#the-unique-yellow-roof-for-the-ferrari-museum-ensures-that-the-structure-stands-out-1
There will be an open wine & cappuccino bar and lunch buffet at the Italian Village . The Italian Village is the Oldest “Italian Restaurant in Chicago.” The restaurant has the largest wine cellar in the entire Midwest that holds over 45,000 bottles! They have also won the Wine Spectator‘s “Grand Award” annually since 1984.
In 1981, Wine Spectator introduced the “Restaurant Awards” program. They review a restaurant’s wine lists on three levels: the Award of Excellence (basic), Best of Award of Excellence (second-tier), and the Grand Award (highest). I am in Amarone Heaven at the Village!
Every year in September, there is an annual Ferrari Festival with over 60 vintage Ferraris. There’s always plenty of food and wine.
WHEN: September 9, 2012
WHERE: Italian Village at 71 W. Monroe in Chicago
Tickets: Event is $30 per person
Proceeds support the New Lurie’s Children’s Memorial Hospital.
The Italian Village has been in the same family for three generations. Alfredo Capitanini, an Italian immigrant, opened The Italian Village in 1927. The menu once read: “ Spaghetti with Meatballs: 40 cents.” Alfredo’s wife, Ada, fed hungry patrons including performers from the Lyric Opera and Mayor Daley.
The second generation of Capitaninis, Ray, Frank and Ave then created ”the most celebrated wine list in the Midwest.” Here are some of the wines from Umbria.
The Capitanini family has served celebrities, politicians, locals, theater enthusiats and cast members from Chicago’s Theater Row.
Today, Al and Gina, are the third Capitanini Generation running the show. Check out Al Capitanini’s video http://www.italianvillage-chicago.com/video.php
The Italian Village building in the Chicago Loop at 71 West Monroe houses a trio of restaurants with distinctive menus: acclaimed designer Jordan Mozer conceptualized upscale and contemporary Vivere; the charming retro Tuscan-inspired The Village; and La Cantina Enoteca with the ambiance of a wine cellar. For more information visit: www.italianvillage-chicago.com
During Chicago’s Restuarant Week 2012 you can check out Vivere’s innovative design, the Chef’s contemporary Italian cuisine and the Capitanini family’s immense wine cellar with 45,000 bottles. Vivere is offering a Chicago Restaurant Week 2012 Menu.
I love the alfresco dining ambience of the Village. It is located on the second floor. The dining room is covered with a canopy of Italian lights.
The Italian maitre d’ Frank Sgro is legendary! He has spent most of his life at this restaurant. He started in 1959 as a busboy at the Italian Village at the age of 17. A few weeks later, Frank Sgro became the Maitre D’ and has been there for over 50 years! Now that is a dedicated and loyal guy.
“Frank is like part of the family,” Al Capitanini said. “He remembers everybody and what they’ve ordered and where they’ve sat, and he works the room and knows where to seat people, and he does it very graciously.”
At the Italy-inspired, columned bar you can order the delightful shrimp appetizer. There are plenty of large portions of authentic Italian cuisine in the dining room. I love the Frutta di Mare and Scampi Casalinga.
I always order the shrimp and mushroom Casalinga for an appetizer with a glass of the Stefano Farina Italian Barbera d’Alba. For dessert, I love the Tiramisu. I can’t help it, I am a creature of habit.
Join them for Cabaret Wednesdays with live music starting at 8:00 p.m.
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com.
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