Dining out: National Pizza Day is Sunday, Feb. 9
National Pizza Day
Who doesn't love pizza? National Pizza Day is Feb. 9, and to honor the day, La Barra and Labriola Chicago are debuting the new white deep dish pizza Sunday. The pie combines bechamel sauce, chicken, caramelized onions and bacon in a Chicago-style deep-dish crust. It costs $28-$34 at La Barra and $30-$35 at Labriola.
La Barra is at 3011 Butterfield Road, Oak Brook, (630) 861-6177, and 2 E. Burlington St., Riverside, (708) 887-7700, labarraristorante.com/. Labriola is at 535 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 955-3100, labriolacafe.com/.
Sick of all this gloomy weather? Yard House wants to help cheer you up with 12 new colorful cocktails. Taste-test the Tiki Blue (RumHaven coconut water rum, blue Curacao, pineapple, passion fruit, coconut foam), Grey Goose Strawberry Mule (Grey Goose vodka, strawberries, ginger beer, lime, mint), Crown Apple Mule (Crown Royal Apple whiskey, ginger beer, lemon, mint), Long Beach Tea (Hangar 1 vodka, Bacardi rum, Chavo Malo tequila blanco, Tanqueray gin, triple sec, citrus agave, cranberry juice, Sprite), Dragon Fruit Cosmo (Skyy vodka, dragon fruit, citrus agave, cranberry juice, lemon), Aperol Spritz (aperol, prosecco, club soda, orange), Ultimate Jameson & Ginger (Jameson Irish whiskey, Jameson Caskmates IPA whiskey, Jameson Caskmates Stout whiskey, ginger ale, lemon), Hendrick's Elderflower Tonic (Hendrick's gin, Q elderflower tonic, lime, cucumber, mint), Black Cherry Hard Seltzer (filthy black cherry syrup, Truly hard seltzer, drenched cherry), Lime Refresher Hard Seltzer (Truly hard seltzer, lime), Ginger Citrus Hard Seltzer (housemade ginger beer, Truly hard seltzer, lemon) and Passion Fruit Hard Seltzer (passion fruit syrup, Truly hard seltzer, mint). Plus, Yard House recently added hard seltzer to its draft list.
Yard House is located at 2301 Fountain Square Drive, Lombard, (630) 495-1912, and 1880 Tower Drive, Glenview, (847) 729-9273, yardhouse.com/.
Bell's beer dinner
Like Bell's beer? You're in luck as Bell's Brewery Inc. has partnered with Wildfire for a series of four-course beer dinners at the four suburban Wildfire locations. First up is the 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, dinner in Glenview, followed by the 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, event in Schaumburg. Next up is the Lincolnshire pairing, with a start time of 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, with the final dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in Oak Brook. The $60 meal starts with arancini and savory shrimp beignets paired with Bell's Light Hearted Ale LO-CAL IPA before moving on to roasted walleye and Bell's Amber Ale. The main course features spicy bison brisket ramen with Bell's Hopslam Ale and a dessert of passion fruit panna cotta paired with Bell's Bright White Ale. Reservations required.
Wildfire is at 1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, (847) 657-6363; 1250 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 995-0100; 235 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 279-7900; and 232 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 586-9000; wildfirerestaurant.com/.
Sweetheart High Tea
Ahead of Valentine's Day, treat your sweet to a Sweetheart High Tea from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Mon Ami Gabi. Sip an assortment of hot teas (Paris flavored black teas, hot cinnamon spice, mint verbena, chamomile, Japanese sencha) while nibbling on tea sandwiches (cucumber and cream cheese, smoked salmon, watermelon radish, organic egg salad) and pastries (funfetti macarons, lemon profiteroles, chocolate and caramel ganache tarts with Maldon sea salt, sticky toffee date cakes). It's $39.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids 12 and younger. Buy tickets at monamigabi.com/events/oak-brook-sweetheart-high-tea-february/.
Mon Ami Gabi is at 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 472-1900, monamigabi.com/.
Dine & wine
Want to learn more about wine while you dine? Johnny's Kitchen & Tap is hosting a four-course wine dinner Wednesday, Feb. 12, featuring the wines of Bodega Argento along with commentary from Maximo Rocco of Argentina. Dinner is $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.
Johnny's Kitchen & Tap is at 1740 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, (847) 699-9999, johnnyskitchenandtap.com/.
Plates of pasta
Olive Garden's Never Ending Stuffed Pastas are back, and this time there are new options to choose from, including cheese-stuffed shells, cheese ravioli or stuffed ziti fritta that can be topped with a choice of four sauces and four toppings. The pastas start at $11.99. Also new to the menu is the Gorgonzola-topped sirloin and Parmesan Alfredo-crusted sirloin, both served with fettuccine Alfredo con broccoli.
Olive Garden has locations throughout the suburbs. olivegarden.com/.
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