At the beginning of October, I went to dinner with two other Windy City Bloggers: Kit from The Kittchen and Jennie from Actually Just Jennie. I mentioned at an event in August that I'd never been to RPM Italian but always wanted to go and so we just decided to make a reservation. I heard great things about the restaurant and followed it since Giuliana and Bill decided to open one on their show (huge fan). Needless to say, this was one long-awaited visit. Instead of just ordering one main course for each of us, we each ordered something but shared as well so we could each get a taste of everything. That was the best idea we could have had because now I want to go back and get them all for myself. Here is our dinner for you to see!
We started off our meal with some bread and cheese. I mean, why not? There was a delicious tomato sauce that accompanied the semolina and ricotta. The bread was warm and tender which was perfect for not only an appetizer but accompaniment during dinner to wipe up the sauce. I want to try and make this at home one day.
These are basically lightly fried artichokes and they were so good. They were paired with a dipping sauce but I don't remember what it was unfortunately. I think it was a buttermilk dip because I remember it was sweeter to the tanginess of the artichokes. They practically fell apart when you cut into them. So delicious.
Pumpkin Agnolotti: Brown Butter, Sage
This was my choice of pasta. I was debating this and a more traditional dish for my first time but decided to go with the pumpkin since it's seasonal. It was so good! I was on a huge pumpkin bender when we went to dinner so it was perfect timing too. Anyway, this dish was perfect. The pumpkin wasn't overwhelming as a main dish and the sauce paired beautifully.
Papparedelle Bolognese: Pecorino, Rosemary
This was the traditional dish I was debating over. Bolognese is one of my favorite pasta dishes and I really need to make it myself some time. I don't have one bad thing to say about this dish. It was so delicious and perfectly meaty. I love Papparedelle noodles too. There's so much flavor there.
Parmesan Risotto: Chanterelle Mushroom, Chive
The risotto is what I heard the most compliments about before I tried RPM for myself. I was really looking forward to trying the risotto but decided I wanted to go with a pasta for myself. I'm glad Kit chose this item though because it was delicious. The risotto was creamy and savory with tons of mushrooms which gave it a punch of meatiness. This was the only risotto they had on their menu at the time we went so I really hope they have another by next time so I can try more!
Italian Donuts: with Nutella and Creme fraise.
Oh. My. God. I can't even with this dessert. When our waiter went through the desserts, and there are many, the Italian donuts immediately stood out to us. They're basically baby beignets covered in sugar. They melt in your mouth and you can't help but want to eat all of them. I really hope the next time I visit RPM, this is a dessert because I want a whole plate all to myself.
Have you been to RPM Italian in Chicago? If you haven't, you should go. If you're not from here, you should go whenever you visit. It's absolutely fantastic and I can't wait to try more.
Thank you to Kit from The Kittchen for all these amazing photos!!