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Shut Up and Mangia!, Issue #003 -- 4th of JUly
July 01, 2007

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”
- Luciano Pavarotti


I hope everyone has safe and happy 4th of July. This Tuesday on July 3rd I’ll be celebrating at the Taste of Chicago. What a better way to spend the day than to eat, drink and watch the fantastic fireworks display over Lake Michigan. On Wednesday I’m having a huge barbecue with family and friends.

If your cooking at home for the holiday I’ve included some recipes down below that you can make to celebrate the day.

Site News

  • Many thanks to iSante Magazine and all the other newspapers and magazines which ran my story on the new “Italian-American Heritage Preservation” section. If you missed the article in iSante you can Click Here for an edited version.

  • Yes, I know it’s the end of the month and I still don’t have my wine section ready. It will be up soon I promise.

  • I still need recipes folks. Anybody with a great family Italian recipe they would like to share, feel free to send them in and I’ll post them. Any Chefs looking for exposure I will be more than happy to print a recipe with a bio.

    New Restaurants

  • Pinstripes is serving up pasta and pizza with bowling and bocce ball. This new venue in Northbrook has 18 alleys and 6 bocce courts, wood fired pizza and traditional Italian cuisine. Pinstripes is located at 1150 Willow Rd, Norhtbrook, Illinois. Call 847-480-2323 for reservation.

  • Trattoria Trullo has been re-opened by Chef-owner Giovanni DeNigris. This Pulia-inspired Italian restaurant serves up homemade cavatelli along with zuccchini wrapped halibut and many other great Italian dishes. Trattoria Trullo is located at 4767 North Lincoln Ave. For reservation phone 773-506-0093.

  • La Madia is scheduled to open sometime in August. This new restaurant boasts a “wine and pizza tasting area” along with pastas, risottos and a selection of imported cheeses. La Madia is located at 59 West Grand Ave..

  • Harry Caray‘s is opening in Lombard, Illinois on August 15th. This new restaurant will be located in the new Weston hotel and specializes in steaks and traditional Italian cuisine.


    Like I mentioned, I’ll be at the Taste of Chicago on July 3th watching the fabulous firework show over lake Michigan and eating plenty of Chicago favorites. Fireworks are on the 3rd and the 4th. For a list of scheduled events visit

    A great place to find fresh produce is our Federal Plaza Farmers Market right in the heart of downtown Chicago. Farmers from all over the state sell their produce in an open market under the watch of Alexander Calder’s “Flamingo” in the Federal Plaza at the corner of Dearborn and Adams. Continuing through Oct 30th on Tuesdays between 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also, the Picasso sculpture is overlooking the Daly Plaza Farmers Market on Dearborn and Washington until Oct. 4th on Thursdays between 7a.m. and 3 p.m..

    Delicious Italian Ice

    One thing Chicago is known for in the summertime is it’s delicious Italian Ice Stands. Places like Mario’s, Carm’s and Anthony’s have all been a Chicago staple on Taylor Street for many years. These are just a few of the Italian Ice Stands where you can take the entire family on a hot summer day. After all these years, lemon is still my favorite so I included the recipe for Homemade Italian Ice in this issue of "Shut Up and Mangia!" on the 4th of July recipe section. I hope you enjoy it.

    4th of July Recipes

    Well here they are. Five recipes for you to try out for the fourth or any day of the week. Inside you’ll find a simple Italian Pasta Recipe, an easy to make Asparagus with Parmesan Cheese, Shrimp Wrapped with Pancetta, Cornish Game Hens and a delicious Grilled Roast Beef. Let me know how everything turns out. Mangia Italiano! Just click on 4th of July menu for these fantastic new recipes for subscribers only.

    Final thoughts

    Thanks again for making b>Great Chicago Italian Recipes a great success and please continue to send your stories and recipes.

    If you have any question on any recipe or any site suggestions just contact me any time or join our Great Chicago Italian Recipes Forum.

    Thanks Again,

    Phillip J. Speciale

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