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$50  + Tax/Tip
Tue, 2/18
7:15 PM


6-Course Contemporary Italian Dinner Event

Pisolino’s Executive Chef/Co-Owner James de Marte, a Chicago native, began his career in the best way possible: apprenticing in the kitchen of his Nonna, a celebrated home cook. From there, he went on to The Culinary School of Kendall College, then cut his teeth in San Francisco’s uncompromising AG Ferrari, and further honed his craft and broadened his horizons on a cook’s tour of Italy, which included a stint at the two Michelin-starred Ristorante La Peca in Lonigo. Pisolino (Italian for “nap”), which opened in October of 2016 in Avondale, is acclaimed for its rustic pastas, like orecchiette with spicy sausage and rigatoni with neckbone ragù, its fabulous pizza, and its classic antipasti. Eater has named Pisolino to its list of “The 20 Essential Italian Restaurants in Chicago,” and we will be taking over the premises for our event, hearing from Chef de Marte himself. He will answer your questions and discuss the deliciously idiosyncratic ways that characterize the Italian approach to food.

About the Host:

James De Marte

Executive Chef & Co-Owner

A Chicago native, Chef de Marte grew up helping out in his family's restaurant. He attended The Culinary School of Kendall College, after which he spent time cutting his teeth in San Francisco's uncompromising AG Ferrari. Feeling inspired, he traveled to Italy to hone his craft in kitchens across Vicenza, Verona, and Venice, including time at the 2 Michelin starred Ristorante La Peca. Returning to Chicago, de Marte opened Pisolino as a celebration of all things Italian in 2016.

The Lineup

All savory courses will be served family-style. Dessert will be portioned individually. No substitutions or modifications to the menu will be available.

  1. Insalata Capricciosa

    with roasted pepper, artichoke, hearts of palm, basil, mozzarella, red wine vinegar, and olive oil

  2. Polpette

    beef + pork meatballs with mozzarella and sugo pomodoro

  3. Raquel Pizza

    with whipped ricotta, roasted garlic, mozzarella, pepperocino, and basil

  4. Rigatoni alla Vodka

  5. Pollo alla Parmigiana

    batter-fried chicken with sugo pomodoro, mozzarella, and grana padana

  6. Citrus & Coconut Panna Cotta


2755 W Belmont Ave

Chicago, IL 60618

Event FAQs

Do I have to bring printed tickets to the event?
No tickets are needed.
What must I bring to the event?
Please make sure to bring proof of COVID-19 vaccination (refer to the "what qualifies as valid proof of vaccination" question below for more info on this) and a government-issued photo ID. Additionally, if you plan on purchasing beverages during the event, make sure to bring cash.
Do guests need to be of a certain age to attend this event?
Yes. All attendees must be 21+ to gain entry.
What is the event ticket cancellation/refund policy?
Tickets to our events are non-refundable. However, for emergency requests, we may allow members to transfer their tickets to friends, provided the guest ticket surcharge of $25 is paid when transferring a member ticket to a non-member. All ticket transfer requests (as well as the guest ticket surcharge) must be sent to us prior to the event. Any guests who fail to present proof of full vaccination upon arrival, and/or have not paid the guest ticket surcharge, will not be allowed entry.
What does the ticket price cover?
The ticket price covers the full cost of the meal.
Can I bring guests/non-members to this event?
Yep! For this event, guest tickets are $75 + tax & tip, and you can bring up to 3 guests. Please note, guests are not allowed to attend unaccompanied by a member and all guests must also present proof of full vaccination upon arrival at the event in order to gain entry.
Which dietary restrictions/food allergies can be accommodated at this event?
The chef will be unable to accommodate attendees with dietary restrictions at this event. No substitutions or modifications to the menu will be available.

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