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Category: Weekend Special


Weekend Special July 25-27, “Bolognese Meatballs”

Posted on July 10th, by Merlo in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Polpette alla Bolognese

Inspiration

While having dinner with friends this week, Chef Luisia Silvia found herself discussing the myriad preparations/expressions of polpette (meatballs). This culinary heirloom of Italy’s was first described and made famous by Martino da Como, a renowned, fifteenth-century chef, … Read More »



Weekend Special July 18-20, “Orange and Fennel Tuna”

Posted on July 10th, by Merlo in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Tonno al profumo di arancia e finocchietto

Inspiration

Last week, we mentioned Renato Guttuso’s famous painting, La Vucciria, which depicts the quotidian chaos of a famous market in the heart of Palermo. This week, Chef Luisa Silvia still found herself wandering around … Read More »



Weekend Special July 11-13, “Pasta with Sardines”

Posted on July 10th, by Merlo in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Pasta con le sarde

Inspiration

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
—Galileo

The Modern Art Gallery in Palermo has recently been completed. Among its many charms is “La Vucciria,” a famous oil painting that … Read More »



Weekend Special July 5- 6 “Cappon magro”

Posted on July 3rd, by nikki in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Cappon magro

Inspiration

Recently a handful of our beloved customers returned from a trip to Portofino in Liguria and shared their enthusiasm for this historic seaside village. They were enchanted by the quality of fish they’d had a chance to try. This … Read More »



Weekend Special June 27 – 29 “Fillet with Truffled Maccheroni”

Posted on June 26th, by Merlo in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Filetti e maccheroni al tartufo

Inspiration

This past Monday, Merlo had the honor of hosting Mr. Francois-Henri Pinault, from Paris (owner of Kering, the largest luxury brand company in the world). The event reminded our magnificent chef Luisa Silvia of the time … Read More »



Merlo Summer Menu

Posted on June 19th, by nikki in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Summer at Merlo

Summer in Chicago is a time of long walks, pacific beaches, sun-soaked boating, eighteen-hole golf, outdoor events, vodka cocktails, gourmet picnics.

At Merlo, we’ve been updating our business to celebrate this charming season:

Our quiet, flowered-hedged patio is now officially … Read More »


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Weekend Special June 13 – 15, “Pan-Seared Halibut with Peas and Trebbiano”

Posted on June 12th, by nikki in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Filetto di halibut in padella, quadretti di porcini, piselli e Trebbiano, serviti su crema di topinambour e finiti con tartufo nero estivo

Inspiration

Diamond-shaped, crustacean-fed, halibut is the largest and perhaps most distinct of all flatfish. It’s known for its pleasantly mild, … Read More »



Weekend Special June 6 – 8, “White Asparagus in Bolzano Sauce”; “Priest Stranglers”; “Speck-Wrapped Duck”

Posted on June 5th, by nikki in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

“White Asparagus in Bolzano Sauce”; “Priest Stranglers”; “Speck-Wrapped Duck”

Inspiration

“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.”
—Federico Fellini

This week, Chef Luisa Silvia, voraciously perusing her books on Italian gastronomy (as per usual), found … Read More »


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Weekend Special: May 30- June 1, “Carlo Magno Rib-Eye”

Posted on May 29th, by nikki in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Lombata di bue marinata con aglio e limone, lardellata con prosciutto di Parma e tartufo nero, arrostita con vino Marsala e funghi porcini, accompagnata da un crostone di spinaci, uovo di quaglia in camicia, crema di zucca e tartufi

Inspiration

One of … Read More »


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Weekend Special May 23- 25 “Requiem of Polenta, Marinated Hare, and Porcini”

Posted on May 22nd, by nikki in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

“Requiem of Polenta, Marinated Hare, and Porcini”

Inspiration

We’ve finally been embraced by the revitalizing warmth of summer. It’s a time of joyous renewal.

Flipping through old books on Roman mythology this week, Chef Luisa Silvia was inspired by legends of Venus and … Read More »


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