Tuesday, October 31, 2017

RPM Italian #WearWeAte

There's so much amazing food in Chicago, there's always something new to try across the city. RPM Italian has been on my list for years but I never got around to going, that is, until now. In honor of finally checking it off my bucket list, let's talk about what I liked, didn't like, and my recommendations for my fellow Chicagoans. Is this Chicago hotspot worth the hype? You'll see.

If you didn't know, RPM Italian is owned by former E! News host Giuliana Rancic and her husband. Giuliana was born in Italy, so she certainly knew what she was doing with this Italian restaurant. The space is beautiful, with dark lights and chic decor, it's a gem right in the heart of downtown. In terms of the restaurant itself, the only downside was the space between tables. I went with my best friend and we were put at a two person table that was about three inches from the tables on either side of us, it felt like we were on top of each other.

Table space aside, I cannot rave enough about the service and most of the food. Our waiter was incredibly friendly and gave us a complimentary appetizer and dessert – although I'm suspicious they do this for everyone, I'm not complaining! The appetizer he gave us was provolone-stuffed peppers, which thankfully were complimentary because my friend and I didn't like them at all. I can handle spice but the kick these had was not only strong, but just didn't taste good with the cheese. Thankfully, this was the only negative when it came to the food. For dinner we decided to go all out and try a salad and two different pastas – the spicy king crab with squid ink pasta and the short rib bolognese. The squid ink pasta was so amazing, I've been craving it ever since! It's definitely a tad salty but I personally love that and the flavors were all so perfect together, I can't wait to get it again! The bolognese was also great and the sauce was extremely flavorful, but if you're looking to go with only one pasta I would choose the squid ink. We ended the night with a complimentary dessert of gelato in the cutest mini cones, such a nice touch and sweet way to end our night. 

All in all, this restaurant was incredible. Not only was the food delicious, but the service was so much better than other places in the area, it made a world of difference. Now, many of you may be wondering if this dinner will break the bank, and I don't believe it will. All the pastas were under $20 which is kind of unheard of in the heart of the city. Steak and fish was obviously more expensive, but if you're going for a date and sharing food, it will still be quite affordable. 

Writing this post has me thinking about what I'm going to get next time I head to RPM Italian (lobster ravioli, anyone?!), but for now, I'll just drool over the pictures I snapped.

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