Going to Gennaro’s for the first time this Friday
Have lived on and off in Chicago for 16 years, and never heard of the place until yesterday…but these photos look amazing…and can’t wait to be buzzed in!
Anyone been lately? And if so, other than the braciole and sausage, anything else on the menu stellar?
I agree, my favorite Italian dish is Sophia L.. . . I even named my Alfa-Romeo after her. . .
My sauce recipe (handed down from an Italian G’ma who I grew up next door to) called for lots of cans of whole tomatos with a small can of paste and 14oz. can of puree. . . the usual herbs and spices, a little sugar no stock or wine, etc. . . . cook for a day or so w/ meatballs the last few hours. Wouldn’t know exactly what the ingredients are as I’ve been making it all my life and never used a recipe. I think my mother had it written down.
I ate at my favorite Italian place last night. It is a little place in our town called Milano’s. Everything they serve is homemade.
The salads are always so crisp and fresh-I like the house dressing better than any I have tried anywhere. My favorite Pasta dish is the Cannelloni-it is served in a small tureen that it is baked in. And the garlic bread is wonderful. I am sure my breath doesn’t smell so wonderful after I have eaten there though.
Charlie (owner of Vullo’s) makes the best spaghetti in these parts!…along with everything else he makes… homemade everything, even salad dressings. I also think it’s cool that he’ll come out a few times a night and say hi to customers.
My favorite Italian is Sophia Loren [;)] ( I just had to say it) But to keep on topic a bit I did like the way she showed how to eat a slice of pizza in "Houseboat"
hehehe can’t help this one sorry– my favorite italian would have to be the guy i worked with the summer i worked at the thunderbird hotel on the beach in mantaloking, new jersey.. have a picture with a caption under it that says ‘the italian you will never forget’ — haha– but i’ve grown up since then (that was summer of 81) and i’d honestly have to say my favorite italian is — my mothers home made lasagna.. even though she doesn’t make it anymore – that memory and taste is still with me… it was the BEST i’ve ever had… thanks mom 🙂
The menu varies by night, and yes you still have to be buzzed in from whoever is behind the bar.
My favorite italian restaurant is right here in town. The place is called Vullo’s, and it’s located in Jamestown, NY. Your stomach growls the minute you walk in the restaurant.
Favorite Italian–It’s got to be Genarro’s in Chicago, with fond memories from the 70’s. MMM–their "noodles with butter and cheese"–do they still have that. Do you still have to knock on the door and get approval to get in?
BT: Well, I made your gravy recipe. It was so good that we had it three nights in a row. 1st, we just picked the necks and sausages out of the gravy that was used in the cooking. 2nd, gravy over broiled fish on a bed of pasta. 3rd, broiled chicken breasts on a sub roll with gravy. Freezing the reminder and looking forward to using that.
BTW, I prefer a richer tomato taste and so I doubled the tomato paste.
Anywhere near Western?
1/2 block east of Loomis
Anywhere near Western?
Braciole is lean beef (skirt steak, round steak) pounded thin. Then you layer on various ingredients. I like Parmesan, prosciutto, pine nuts, currants, garlic and parseley. You can also use other kinds of cheese, breadcrumbs or almost anything that sounds good. Then you roll it and tie it with string so it stays rolled, brown it as I suggest above and cook it in the sauce. You can make it with other meats (pork, chicken, lamb. even venison) besides beef as well but beef is traditional.
Wow – that looks better than pizzaI might have to dirty up the kitchen. What is in that braciole?
That gravy recipe sounds incredible!!! Think I might give it a try this weekend as we are going to be cool down here (at least for us – highs around 60, lows in low 30’s). I still prefer good old fashioned Neapolitan red sauce Italian cooking over the "gourmet" and "Northern Italian/Tuscan" styles.
If anyone is looking for this in Pittsburgh area, try Del’s on Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield. About as old-fashioned as Italian restaurants get, and sometimes that’s a pretty good thing!
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