The name of River North’s Bar Umbriago is inspired by a name in a Jimmy Durante song, and that immediately won us over, for all the trendies wandering Hubbard street who will have no idea who Jimmy Durante is. In fact it recalls old school cool in a lot of ways, from the reclaimed wood interior to the enoteca-like wine program and the promise of live entertainment. Chef Michael Ponzio, a veteran of Spiaggia and Rosebud on Rush (and featured recently on Food Network’s Kitchen Inventors), is offering a farm to table, whole animal take on Italian food in shared plates and entrees, plus in-house gelato, all at affordable prices. Check out the opening menu below.
Bar Umbriago menu [PDF]