Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bar Ombra

-Grubbing in Chicago 
Italian Bar food

One day I'll get over to Italy and most likely will never want to leave. I'm the type that can love or dislike a living area based on what type of food is around there. So I'm pretty sure I could live most anywhere in Italy be it the city or countryside. Take a place like Venice where they snack on all sorts of goodies while sipping drinks at their local watering hole. Nice. Fortunately I dont have to travel 8 hours by plane to get a taste of these cicchetti style bars. There's one called Ombra in Andersonville.

A long glass covered counter where the bar is at displays some eating options

I got some folks I follow on twitter who I rely upon to let me know what fancier places are worth trying. When I say fancy I dont necessarily mean collared shirt, old money dining. I'm just talking about the newly opened spots that have some press behind them that people are buzzing about. Because lets be honest, half the press was invited there to eat free and say good things about it in return. So when trustworthy twitter folks sing the praises of places like Ombra I'm sure to check it out. 

Some offerings from behind the bar

Cicchetti Bars are popular spots for both locals and tourists in the know in Venice. They're places where you can get a drink, a quick snack and catch up with friends or just relax to thoughts of nothing. These bars serve different selections of appetizers with the cold ones lined up in front of you at the bar and hot ones cooked to order. Just point to this or that and your server will grab it and put it on a plate for you. Inside Ombra it's intimate. Props for the woodwork and setting. Food options are abundant, remember you visit these places with friends and family so you can try a little bit of everything. Bruschette, foccacia and cheese options join many other favorite flavors of the Tre Venezie. If it looks good here, it probably is.

Stuffed Mushrooms, Meatballs and Pesciolini

Ombra
5310 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 506-8600

Ombra on Urbanspoon

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