Gioco is a restaurant on the increasingly trendy near south side of Chicago, and it’s been at that same location over 14 years, long before gentrification in this area began. Gioco is closer to Oak Park than you might think: get on the Green Line at Harlem, Ridgeland or Austin and get off about 25 minutes later at Roosevelt Road. Walk about two blocks and you’re there. It’s worth the trip.
Coming from a Catholic country like Italy, which has so many days throughout the year when abstinence from meat is encouraged, it’s not surprising that Pepper and Egg Sandwiches are offered at many Italian Beef places – like Buona Beef.
Pickling is an excellent way to render edible a vegetable like okra that can be a little gummy on its own. In the Piquantly Pickled Okra, the mucilaginousness of the okra is balanced by the piquancy. I could easily see eating this as a side with cheese or hardboiled eggs…but that actually wasn’t my immediate dining plan for the jar of okra that I bought from Elegant Vegan at the Oak Park Farmers’ Market.
With good sight lines, better-than-average ballpark food, comfortable seats, and bathrooms just a few steps away, going to the game at Lakeview Baseball Club is a very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon or evening.
House Red, a wine store in Forest Park, has always impressed me with its tight, focused collection of wines, ranging in price but always thoughtfully selected. Recently, House Red added a wine bar and lounge to the retail store.