Tribune columnist calls Mancini's sorbet 'work of art'

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

In protest of the Taste of Chicago, Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass created his own version: Taste of Kass.

Kass even gave one Oak Park establishment his nod of approval. In a column posted Thursday, he said the dark chocolate sorbet at Mancini's (1111 Lake St .) was like "cold chocolate in concentrated form." So good, in fact, it could even solve an argument with your wife, Kass suggests.  

"If there is one work of art in Chicago area dessert, it has to be the dark chocolate sorbet at Mancini's," he wrote. "Simple. Mysterious. Devastating. Provocative. The essence of Italian chocolate. …Anyone who tastes it emits an involuntary deep roll of the eyes. It is the 50 shades of chocolate sorbet."

A self-proclaimed chocolate expert (and slight addict) myself, I'll be stopping by soon to confirm Kass' review.

UPDATE: Tried the sorbet (see picture). Review confirmed: I'll be headed back for more. 

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Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 18th, 2013 11:23 AM

Sorry, George Bailey. I got it wrong. Guiseppe Martini was the bar owner in the movie.

Food snob  

Posted: July 18th, 2013 1:14 AM

Mr. Mancini maybe rude, maybe mean, I don't know... And I have never tasted the sorbet, but the Gelato is to die for. It's thick, creamy, subtle and got a nice texture to it. If Mr. Mancini was ever rude to me or my family, I would stop going to his eatery, but I would do so knowing that I'd be giving up some pretty freakin good Gelato.

Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 18th, 2013 12:33 AM

It became known as "Nick's" after Clarence let George see what life in Bedford Falls would have been like if he had never been born. Mr. Mancini was in the film's final scene and Mary called out to him "Mr. Mancini, How 'bout some wine!"

George Bailey from Bedford Falls  

Posted: July 17th, 2013 9:43 PM

Mancini's!! That's the place that Mr. Gower got kicked out of by that ruffian Nick.


Posted: July 16th, 2013 11:46 PM

I agree with "who". I worked for Mr. Mancini one summer when I was in college and he is a rude and frightening man to his employees and even his wife.

What?? from Oak Park formerly of St Louis  

Posted: July 15th, 2013 11:50 PM

I'm not anonymous. Perhaps you're old enough to remember when I played 2nd base for the St. Louis Wolves....


Posted: July 15th, 2013 11:20 PM

Well said from an anonymous poster....Priceless

What?? from Oak Park  

Posted: July 15th, 2013 8:25 AM

Anonymous character assassination without evidence or a real name is the height of cowardice. I don't know Mr Mancini, but sans personal experience I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.


Posted: July 14th, 2013 5:55 PM

Mr Mancini can be a very mean man

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