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22nd Annual Ferrari Festival 2019 at The Italian Village Restaurant in Chicago

Chicago’s Italian Village on Monroe

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.

22nd Annual Ferrari Festival

 Sunday, September 8, 2019  Italian Village

Spend your Sunday filled with everything Italian!  All proceeds go to Inspiration Corporation and the Lurie Children Hospital.

Do you want to see more than 60 Ferrari gems lining Monroe Street from Clark to Dearborn?

Proceeds generously benefit Inspiration Corporation and the Lurie Children’s Hospital.

For more information or to purchase tickets call Italian Village Restaurants at 312-332-7005.

A great combination of everything Italian: modern and vintage Ferrari gems. Raffles available and proceeds support Inspiration Corporation and Lurie’s Children’s Hospital.  Must register early to secure your spot!  Located at 71 West Monroe in Chicago, IL.

The City of Chicago will close Monroe St. from Dearborn to Clark for Ferrari-only parking.

The event is $30 per person to general public but free for Ferrari Club Members (FCA) members. Registration is required.

For more information or to purchase tickets call Italian Village Restaurants at 312-332-7005 or visit their website.

English: Black Ferrari Enzo.

The 22nd Annual Ferrari Festival at The Italian Village is an exciting event where where the City of Chicago closes Monroe St. from Dearborn to Clark for Ferrari-only parking.

Location:  Italian Village

English: Enzo Ferrari in London

Ferrari in London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ilario Bandini and Enzo Ferrari in Forlì in 1964.

Bandini and Enzo Ferrari in Forlì in 1964.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 The Italian Village is in the Chicago Loop and opened in 1927.

Ferrari Enzo Ferrari

Ferrari (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Enzo Ferrari

Here’s a video for all Ferrari lovers:

Ferrari just built a new Ferrari Museum in Modena Italy. Check out the museum here:

Ferrari 308


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.

Italian Village in Tuscany inside the restaurant

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!

Here are some of the wines from Umbria:

Italian Village

Amarone Heaven at Italian VillageThe 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.

Chicago Originals Award
The second generation of Capitaninis, Ray, Frank and Ave then created “the most celebrated wine list in the Midwest.”

Signed Wicked Poster at the Italian Village
Today, Al and Gina, are the third Capitanini Generation running the show. Check out Al Capitanini’s video
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:

During Chicago’s Restuarant Week  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.

Italian Village Chefs at Italian Awards Event

Vivere is the most expensive restaurant in the building with a truly decked out dining room. I like the pumpkin-stuffed pasta and the duck breast with cherry sauce. Have some limoncello cheesecake if it’s on the menu. Vivere won numerous awards: “Best New Restaurant” from Esquire Magazine, DiRona Award from Wine Spectator and Ultimate Distinction by Wine Enthusiast. The Chef incorporates flavors from various regions of Italy. They also earned a Ospitalita Italiana Award for authentic Italian Cuisine.

Ospitalita Italiana Plaque for Italian Village

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.”
italian village

The Village Dining Room The Village Bar in Chicago

At the Italy-inspired, columned bar you can order an 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 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.

Italian Village

The Village Bar in Chicago

Join them for Cabaret Wednesdays with live music starting at 8:00 p.m.

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