Category: Menu Spotlight
Our warm and cozy building at 16 W Maple has been put to good use this week. It’s been extremely rainy, but that doesn’t change the fact that summer is here! This weekend, in place of the traditional Merlo on … Read More »
Like the beautiful medieval architecture in Bologna, a good cheese must be artfully crafted. Making perfect ricotta requires patience and the freshest of ingredients. Chef Silvia knows this, and it’d be a challenge to find a fresher rictotta than hers. … Read More »
When we think of mothers, the one thing that immediately comes to mind is the best comfort food we can imagine. What can we say? We have food on the brain.
We’re celebrating mothers this weekend, so instead of a traditional … Read More »
La Settimana di Pasqua al Merlo (The Week of Easter at Merlo)
La torta pasqualina
Flakey tart comprised of twelve layers of very thin dough filled with stewed artichokes, Swiss chard bietolina, Parmigiano Reggiano, ricotta, and whole eggs.
Lasagna aperta con asparagi, carciofi, … Read More »
Chicago Restaurant Week (February 1 to February 10) is coming up! We’re excited to take part in this year’s culinary celebration, and you can be sure Chef Silvia has some memorable authentic Italian dishes in mind. How do we know? … Read More »
The 8-course Culinary Tour at Merlo on Maple is available at Gilt City for just $59. The special has been very successful, but there’s still one reservation we haven’t gotten: yours!
This is a wonderful opportunity to sample a variety of … Read More »
We’re midway through January, and the Chicagoland weather is getting colder by the day. It’ll probably be a little while before we’re rescued by Spring, so we have a tip for you: get cozy with your loved ones! A warm … Read More »
Chef Silvia recently cooked up a weekday stone crab ravioli special, much to the delight of that evening’s customers. If you couldn’t smell and taste the delicious Italian cuisine, we’ve got the next best thing: photos!
Ever wondered how Chef Silvia is able to replicate the authentic tastes of Bolognese Italian food in Chicago? You’re in luck! We were able to sneak our camera past her and get some shots of her process in creating the … Read More »
The Antipasto all’italiana at Merlo on Maple, a traditional Italian appetizer, represents the great respect and love that the Italian people reserve for the pig. Centuries ago, Italian families cultivated relationships with small farms (where pigs were raised) to secure … Read More »