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Category: Menu Spotlight


Weekend Special: January, 30- 31 “Butcher-Style Oxtail Three Ways”

Posted on January 8th, by Merlo in Menu Spotlight, Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Butcher-Style Oxtail Three Ways

Inspiration

Food is our common ground, a universal experience.

—James Beard

Roma.

That classic city of the Colosseum and Sophia Loren.

A city rife with delectable, rustic food. And nowhere is that luscious rusticity more pronounced than in a district called … Read More »


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Weekend Special: January, 23-25 “Borno-Style Salami”

Posted on January 8th, by Merlo in Menu Spotlight, Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Borno-Style Salami

Inspiration

Chef Silvia is a voracious reader when it comes to gastronomic history.

This week, her studies took her into the steep valleys of the Italian Alps where she came across a panoply of interesting recipes native to various small … Read More »


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Weekend Special January 16-18, “Escoffier Veal Chop”

Posted on January 8th, by Merlo in Menu Spotlight, Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Escoffier Veal Chop

Inspiration

Their table was a board to tempt even ghosts

To pass the Styx for more substantial feasts.

I will not dwell upon ragouts or roasts,

Albeit all human history attests

That happiness for man—the hungry sinner!—

Since Eve ate apples, much depends … Read More »



Weekend Special: January, 9-11 “Périgord Truffles”

Posted on January 8th, by Merlo in Menu Spotlight, Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Périgord Truffles

Inspiration

Urge and urge and urge,
Always the procreant urge of the
world.

—Walt Whitman

The season of Périgord truffles is upon us!

The delicate, intricate, lingering flavors of these ambrosial fungi have kindled the imaginations of innumerable food lovers across many different cultures throughout … Read More »

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Wild Mushrooms

Posted on November 14th, by nikki in Menu Spotlight, Uncategorized, Written Articles. No Comments

We at Merlo on Maple strongly believe in the great hearty flavor provided by wild mushrooms when combined with our traditional Italians recipes.
In addition to the delicious taste mushrooms offer several natural benefit including; vitamins, minerals, folic acid, beta carotene,selenium … Read More »

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Sardinian Tasting Menu & Wine Pairing, April 30th

Posted on April 24th, by nikki in Menu Spotlight, Special Occasion, Weekend Special. No Comments

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30th
A SARDINIAN EVENING AT MERLO ON MAPLE

Join us this coming Wednesday for a five-course tasting menu composed of ingredients imported from the picturesque island of Sardinia. Our menu will include five complementary wines—each complex glass chosen … Read More »


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April 30th, Sardinian Tasting Menu

Posted on April 18th, by nikki in Menu Spotlight, Special Occasion. No Comments

“Sardinian Tasting Menu”

Inspiration

Luisa Silvia spent many months having a good time in the summer season in Sardinia, the beautiful Italian island where she had the privilege of learning many secrets surrounding local typical products and traditional recipes. Meeting in Chicago, … Read More »


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Easter Specials: April 14 – 19, 2014

Posted on April 14th, by nikki in Holiday, Menu Spotlight, Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Luisa Silvia would like to help you celebrate Easter and the wonderful gastronomic traditions by offering her guests some special seasonal options:

This week, until Good Friday and the end of the abstinence period, we will feature:

TORTA PASQUALINA – 12 layers … Read More »


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Introducing the Summer 2013 Menu

Posted on June 27th, by Merlo in Menu Spotlight, Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

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 »



Menu Spotlight: The Makings of Fresh Ricotta Cheese

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 »