24 hours in Chicago and I only had time for one great meal out. Good thing my dining companion recommended the THE PURPLE PIG! From the website: “Located on The Magnificent Mile, The Purple Pig is a collaboration of Chefs Scott Harris of Mia Francesca, Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia, Jimmy Bannos and Jimmy Bannos Jr. of Heaven on Seven. Featuring housemade charcuterie, cheeses and classic Mediterranean fare plus an extensive yet accessible wine list.” The bartender put together a great sampler of popular fare: we started with the Shaved Brussel Sprouts with Pecorino Noce and Parmigiano Reggiano and Charred Cauliflower with toasted breadcrumbs, Cornichons and parsley. This was quickly followed by a “JLT” with fried hen egg and lemon aioli (shown, above) and Octopus with green beans, Fingerling potatoes & salsa verde (shown, below).
Final thoughts: It’s no wonder why this place is so popular. Highly recommended.
THE PURPLE PIG
500 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611