She'd been craving Italian food since a brief stop in Milan a few months previous, so she chose to visit Macello in the West Loop. Situated a little father west than most of the other trendy West Loop bastions, Macello featured a small deli at the front, a beautiful dining room just beyond the entrance, and a patio out back.
Inspired by the colors around her, Bunny picked out an equally colorful cocktail to kick off her meal; the Island Getaway made with pineapple and blue curacao. Though not traditionally Italian, Bunny quite liked the fruity, sweet, and whimsical flavor. "Is it artisan and natural and gourmet? No," Bunny posited, "But is it fun? Absolutely!"
Bunny started off her meal with a pair of cheesy appetizers; the Carciofi Ripieni and the Caprese di Burrata. The Carciofi Ripieni, or stuffed artichokes, were very tender with a nice, nutty cheese both inside and on top. The flavor was bright, citrusy, and almost sweet from being cooked in a white wine sauce. The caprese was very fresh and rich with the uber creamy burrata taking the place of the more traditional mozzarella. The herbiness of the basil was the dominant flavor along with a sprinkling of fresh pepper and some olive oil. Bunny only wished for a firmer tomato at the base, as the slices beneath the cheese were on the watery side, but some brighter and more flavorful grape tomatoes on the top helped to compensate.
Finally, she kicked back with a Limoncello and listened as a lovely young man played the accordian just behind her. "I was so worried I wouldn't have company tonight," she laughed to herself, "But one can never be truly alone when there's a plate of food chock full of someone's love and passion in front of you."
The writers of this blog were invited to dine by the restaurant free of charge in exchange for an honest review.