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Chef, the story

Before she was the best Bolognese chef in Chicago, Silvia Marani managed a sweater workshop in Italy.

How did she go from her atelier in Italy to making the finest, truly authentic, Italian food in Chicago? The answer is a simple one. Her great passion for food led her to where she was always supposed to be.

It started when she found her grandmother’s recipe book. At an early age, she was practicing and refining her grandmother’s meals to such a level that each dish was considered an art form (just glance at a few of our plates and you’ll agree). The refinement process was a collaboration between Silvia and her friends and family, all of whom would get together and share recipes and ideas with each other.

This process gave a physiological life to her recipes: fine dining nestled in a fusion of flavors, aromas, and family that’s evident in every bite.

We are absolutely grateful for the enthusiastic compliments our guests have offered us over these many years, and very much look forward to introducing you to our way of life.

News & Press

Featured WGN Video Segment

When you think of Italy, you may have images of Rome or Venice in your head. But make no mistake–no city is more important to Italian food than Bologna. And as Larry Potash of WGN News found, we bring Bologna’s flavor and authenticity to the streets of Chicago. Click on the image to watch the WGN News video.

ABC 7 Hungry Hound Feature

Click on the image to the right to watch our featured segment on ABC 7 Hungry Hound, hosted by Steve Dolinsky.

The old book shown in this photo is her grandmother’s collection of recipes. Decades of practice and refinement went into its creation, and it’s what has made Silvia into the chef she is today.

Her grandmother lived the vast majority of her life inside the walls of Bologna. She rarely traveled outside the city, let alone Italy itself. So, the collection of recipes in her book is some of the most authentic Italian Bolognese food you could hope to find.

The recipe book is the reason Silvia was able to duplicate Bolognese Italian food in the city of Chicago. Her grandmother openly shared her recipes with other ladies in the city, and they in turn shared theirs. This warm and collaborative process was also passed down to Silvia, and it’s why she’s so happy to share her authentic Italian food with Chicago’s patrons.

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