Gioco Reopens with a New Look & New Menu

South Loop Italian restaurant, Gioco, reopened for dinner yesterday, April 27.  Gioco closed a few months ago, with the promise to eventually reopen.  Sounds like Gioco has gotten a facelift -extensive refurbishing, a new antipasto bar, new furnishings and a new menu created by Executive Chef Danny Sweis.

Gioco Restaurant

Chef Sweis’ new menu offers rustic Italian dishes prepared with the finest available seasonal products, along with house-made pasta and wood-fired thin crust pizzas.  Featured new dishes include the House-Made Gnocchi with Fresh Wild Mushrooms, the Grilled Swordfish with Artichokes and Fennel, the Osso Bucco Milanese and the Antipasto Assortment of cured meats and fresh cheeses.  Gioco will bring back some of their classic dishes and their great selection of steaks too.  My personal favorite dish, the House-Made Pappardelle with Wild Boar Ragu, is a must!  The Food Whores also discovered one of our favorite wines, Il Borro Toscana, at Gioco.  Pair it with your meal for a perfect Italian feast.

Gioco will be open for dinner every night.  They will be open for weekday lunch in about 2 weeks.  Gioco expects to resume its popular Sunday brunches in the fall.

Gioco is part of the KDK Restaurant Group.

Wolfgang Puck is Wolfgang YUCK! – ORD Airport

I wasn’t spending my own money this time so I decided to give this place a try as the dishes are quite pricey.  Michelle is currently doing all her wedding planning and she was looking that the Museum of Contemporary Arts as a venue at one point in time but was deterred from her decision because the only catering choice is Wolfgang Puck.

Let’s just say that the MCA is doing themselves a disservice by choosing Wolfgang Puck as the caterer because if Wolfgang Puck can’t even make a good pasta dish at the airport, then their wedding food must suck.

Pasta Dish

Harsh, I know.  Thanks, Michelle, for not choosing Wolfgang Puck – it would have ruined your reputation for knowing good food.


This pasta dish – over cooked penne, mediocre alfredo sauce (where’s the garlic?) Totally not worth $19

If you liked the dishes, feel free to share your reviews here.