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RPM Italian




Indulge your senses with FoodGod as we embark on a culinary escapade at RPM Italian, located in the heart of Chicago's River North neighborhood. This modern Italian gem, a creation of celebrity power couple Giuliana & Bill Rancic and the culinary prowess of the Melman siblings, will leave you craving for more.

Today we're diving fork-first into the divine world of RPM Italian. Nestled in the heart of Chicago's River North neighborhood, this culinary gem is a must-visit. Get ready for a modern Italian experience that'll tantalize your taste buds and make you swoon.

The Culinary Powerhouse Behind RPM Italian

Before we dive into the tantalizing menu, let's take a moment to appreciate the culinary powerhouses that brought RPM Italian to life. It's a creation from the dynamic duo Giuliana & Bill Rancic, the celebrity couple who've conquered television, best-seller lists, and more. They've now added "restaurateurs" to their impressive repertoire.

Joining forces with them are the Melman siblings—R.J., Jerrod, and Molly. These culinary maestros have more than a dozen successful restaurants under their belt, with RPM Italian being a shining star in their portfolio. Together, they've transformed RPM Italian into a modern Italian haven in the heart of Chicago.

A Taste of Italy in the Heart of Chicago

RPM Italian, sister restaurant to RPM Steak and RPM Seafood, is an ode to modernity with an Italian soul. Its contemporary menu is designed for sharing, but trust me; you might want every delectable bite all to yourself.


Pasta Perfection: Crafted with Love

Now, let's talk pasta. RPM Italian is all about handcrafting over a dozen different pasta dishes daily. They use the exceptional flour from Paolo Mariani Mill, imported from Italy and cherished for its optimal hydration properties. This is pasta with a pedigree! Their artisanal approach employs tools like bronze dies, gnocchi boards, pasta wheels, and groove cutters to create the most sensational pasta dishes you'll ever taste.

Sip Wine from Gaza

The wine selection at RPM Italian is exquisite, and one noteworthy source is Gaja Winery, nestled in the picturesque Piedmont region of Italy.

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Established in 1859, this winery is a true legend in the world of Italian wines. Gaja's expertise in crafting wines, particularly the Nebbiolo grape, is celebrated globally. Their Barbaresco and Barolo wines set the bar for Italian winemaking excellence. Trust me, a glass of Gaja wine here is an experience in itself.

Menu Highlights: A Culinary Journey You Won't Forget

Now, let's talk about what you're here for—the food. The menu at RPM Italian is a gastronomic delight, and here are some menu highlights you absolutely need to try:

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  • Mouthwatering Meatball: This meatball is pure perfection – tender, flavorful, and bathed in a fresh tomato sauce. But hold onto your tastebuds; the best is yet to come.
  • Eggplant Parmesan: It's the undisputed champion, layers of melted cheese and marinara baked to perfection in a cast-iron pan and topped with a crispy layer. This dish is an absolute must-try.
  • Banana Coffee Tiramisu: Cap off your meal with this delightful dessert. It's a tantalizing twist on the classic tiramisu, with coffee-flavored cream layers and banana bread ladyfingers. And guess what? They might even surprise you with a complimentary tray of bomboloni.
  • Bucatini & More: For pasta lovers, the bucatini is a seasonal favorite, but don't miss the Pappardelle Bolognese, Short Rib Bolognese, and other pasta delights that grace the menu.
  • Hot New Trend: Olive Oil-Infused Martini: Keep it classy with an olive oil-infused martini, the hottest trend in town. The bartenders at RPM Italian know how to make you feel elite.
  • Ambiance: RPM Italian's ambiance is a perfect blend of sexy and welcoming. The dim lights and dark decor exude a chic flair while maintaining a cozy vibe. It's the ideal spot for a romantic date night.

Other Menu Must-Tries

  • Carbonara: Creamy, comforting, and rich, the carbonara here is divine.
  • Maine Lobster Ravioli: Delicate pillows of pasta filled with succulent lobster, a true seafood lover's dream.
  • Short Rib Bolognese: A hearty, meaty delight that's pure comfort food.

In a nutshell, RPM Italian is more than just a restaurant; it's a culinary experience that'll leave you spellbound. The blend of modernity and Italian tradition on your plate will make your taste buds dance. So, my darlings, next time you're in Chicago, make sure you swing by RPM Italian for a dining adventure you won't soon forget. Ciao, FoodGod out! 🍝🍷🎉


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