Ring in the new year at Osteria La Madia

If you are still contemplating where to eat your final meal of 2014, I've got a great suggestion for you. Osteria La Madia in River North has a recently revamped menu and a new look. The Chicago Foodie Sisters took some time during the busy month of December to attend a media lunch and see what's on the new menu at this eatery that got a makeover after a 7-year itch.

With some great contemporary takes on Italian classics, you'll find house-made fresh pastas and crisp pizzas with a variety of other carefully prepared specialties. Some of the dishes we sampled are on the menu for New Year's Eve prix fixe meal - like the Foie Grad Meatballs that were OMG unexpectedly probably my very favorite of the dishes that we tried. The Wild Boar Bolognese was another favorite that is on the NYE menu.

I got this press release in my inbox recently with details of their New Year's Eve menu. I'd totally recommend it as a way to say goodbye to 2014 in supreme foodie style. :) Nosh on!

Wine and Dine New Year's Eve at Osteria La Madia

Ring in 2015 with Italian flair at newly revamped Osteria La Madia (59 W. Grand Ave). Kick off your evening at the warm, rustic dining destination at 5pm (12am in Italy!) with a complimentary glass of Prosecco or sparkling cider. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy a classic five-course prix fixe meal. Cost of the five-course meal is $65 (plus tax and gratuity) or $85 with wine pairings between 5pm-8pm, and $30 for kids under 12. Specials will also be offered a la carte, in addition to the restaurant’s regular dinner menu. 

The prix fixe meal offers guests the opportunity to elect one specialty dish for each course:

·         Anti-Pasti: Roasted Artichokes. Duck Confit Arancini. Chicken Liver & Truffle Bruschetta.
·         Salata: Little Gem. Arugula, Apples & Walnuts. Heirloom Beets. 
·         Primi or Pizza: Gnocchi. Pappardelle, Wild Boar Bolognese. Spaghetti, Cacio e Pepe. Tagliatelle, Foie Gras Meatball. Margherita. Triple Pepperoni. Parma Classic. Wild Mushroom. Lamb Sausage. Smoked Pork Belly. 
·         EntrĂ©e: Porcetta. Vegetable Lasagna. Tournedos of Beef. Roasted Chicken, Winter Squash. Sea Scallops. 
·         Dessert: Nutella Chocolates. 
Guests who want to make a night of it can kick things off with a later dinner, and countdown to 2015 with live music, a celebratory toast and complimentary late night fare. For reservations beginning between 9pm-10pm, price of the five-course prix fixe meal is $75 (plus tax and gratuity) or $95 with wine pairings. Beginning at 11pm, guests can enjoy a live band and when the clock strikes midnight, ring in the New Year with a Prosecco toast. Those partying early into the morning will be able to quell late-night hunger with complimentary fresh zeppole (fried Italian donuts) and a host of savory pizzas. All guests will receive a traditional Roman gift in celebration of the occasion. For more information and reservations call (312) 329-0400 or visit dinelamadia.com.  

Any interest in featuring these fun New Year’s Eve happenings in an upcoming feature or roundup? Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or for additional information. Thanks for considering.