Openings: Restaurants Named After Romance Language Words

We are pleased to share with you the menus for Prosecco and Connoisseur, two new restaurants that are named, as the post title said, after romance language words. The names are precious and pretentious. Let’s hope more can be said for the restaurants themselves!

Prosecco is a River North Italian “ristorante” from the people who brought you Narcisse, Domaine and Sparacino (we can see the roots of the naming convention). The menu is a little on the pricey side - you might wonder why the avocado salad is $14, until you realize it contains baby lobster tail and prawn. A plate of mozzarella, prosciutto and tomato goes for $15, but rest assured you can spend more. We have to admit being intrigued by the $38 Costoletta Di Vitello Al Cartoccio, which is a veal chop with caramelized onion, cremini, and prosciutto di parma, baked in parchment paper. A full rack of lamb with a red grape balsamic reduction and garlic spinach is $37, and you’re back up to $38 with the Filetto Di Manzo (filet of beef, sun-dried tomato butter, caramelized shallot port wine reduction, horseradish mashed potato). The bulk of the entrees are in the low to mid 20s, but what’s the fun in that? Prosecco (the wine) is all about seizing the joy in life, and how better to do so than spending a lot on dinner.


Connoisseur, across the Chicago in River West, is a, um, how does the press release put it? “Chicago’s premier boutique restaurant and wine bar providing a hybrid of conversational lounge and chic small plate restaurant set in the cities vibrant River West neighborhood.” Sure they are. Whoever wrote this press release is obviously not a connoisseur of grammar. It is really gratifying to see the hard sell of sophistication fall apart over substituting pluralization for possession. So basically, we can never take this place seriously now, especially since the press release goes on:


“I’ve seen wine bars and champagne lounges in Europe and New York and I think Chicago is ready,” said Managing Partner Frankie Versean Cox. Chicago’s haven from the conventional club and bar scene unveils distinguished character, drink service and an exquisite menu that presents Chicagoan’s with something new in which to indulge.

We are pleased to share with you the menus for Prosecco and Connoisseur, two new restaurants that are named, as the post title said, after romance language words. The names are precious and pretentious. Let’s hope more can be said for the restaurants themselves!

Prosecco is a River North Italian “ristorante” from the people who brought you Narcisse, Domaine and Sparacino (we can see the roots of the naming convention). The menu is a little on the pricey side - you might wonder why the avocado salad is $14, until you realize it contains baby lobster tail and prawn. A plate of mozzarella, prosciutto and tomato goes for $15, but rest assured you can spend more. We have to admit being intrigued by the $38 Costoletta Di Vitello Al Cartoccio, which is a veal chop with caramelized onion, cremini, and prosciutto di parma, baked in parchment paper. A full rack of lamb with a red grape balsamic reduction and garlic spinach is $37, and you’re back up to $38 with the Filetto Di Manzo (filet of beef, sun-dried tomato butter, caramelized shallot port wine reduction, horseradish mashed potato). The bulk of the entrees are in the low to mid 20s, but what’s the fun in that? Prosecco (the wine) is all about seizing the joy in life, and how better to do so than spending a lot on dinner.


Connoisseur, across the Chicago in River West, is a, um, how does the press release put it? “Chicago’s premier boutique restaurant and wine bar providing a hybrid of conversational lounge and chic small plate restaurant set in the cities vibrant River West neighborhood.” Sure they are. Whoever wrote this press release is obviously not a connoisseur of grammar. It is really gratifying to see the hard sell of sophistication fall apart over substituting pluralization for possession. So basically, we can never take this place seriously now, especially since the press release goes on:

Connoisseur [MenuPages]
Connoisseur [Official Site]

[Photo: Paris Hilton, prosecco connoisseur, holding a can of the stuff (Avenue Vine)]

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Openings: Restaurants Named After Romance Language Words