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    Post #1 - December 13th, 2007, 5:32 pm
    Post #1 - December 13th, 2007, 5:32 pm Post #1 - December 13th, 2007, 5:32 pm
    Peering in the window the other day, Omaggio looked promising. Others seem to think so, too:

    http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=16698

    http://centerstage.net/restaurants/omaggio.html

    It's from the people behind Koi, La Petit Amelia and Über Burger - a reasonably good pedigree.

    See you then.

    Omaggio
    1639 Orrington Ave.
    Evanston
    (847) 570-0500
  • Post #2 - December 13th, 2007, 6:37 pm
    Post #2 - December 13th, 2007, 6:37 pm Post #2 - December 13th, 2007, 6:37 pm
    I'm there!
  • Post #3 - December 13th, 2007, 11:13 pm
    Post #3 - December 13th, 2007, 11:13 pm Post #3 - December 13th, 2007, 11:13 pm
    I'm there as well. I wish that I felt that the other restaurants in the list were better than OK. (And Uber Burger was uber-disappointing, although perhaps I was expecting a really uber burger).
  • Post #4 - December 14th, 2007, 11:22 am
    Post #4 - December 14th, 2007, 11:22 am Post #4 - December 14th, 2007, 11:22 am
    I think I can make it; I'll let you know as we get closer.
  • Post #5 - December 17th, 2007, 11:37 am
    Post #5 - December 17th, 2007, 11:37 am Post #5 - December 17th, 2007, 11:37 am
    Depending on the vagaries of parking in downtown Evanston, I plan to be there....
    "Life is a combination of magic and pasta." -- Federico Fellini

    "You're not going to like it in Chicago. The wind comes howling in from the lake. And there's practically no opera season at all--and the Lord only knows whether they've ever heard of lobster Newburg." --Charles Foster Kane, Citizen Kane.
  • Post #6 - December 17th, 2007, 2:00 pm
    Post #6 - December 17th, 2007, 2:00 pm Post #6 - December 17th, 2007, 2:00 pm
    I'd love to be there but it'll be a game-time decision, as several of my partners will be away on business that week. If the office is relatively quiet, I'll be there. If not, I'll probably have to bow out.

    Thanks, for setting this up.

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #7 - December 20th, 2007, 9:39 am
    Post #7 - December 20th, 2007, 9:39 am Post #7 - December 20th, 2007, 9:39 am
    We will be there. The parking garage on Davis between Orrignton and Benson isn't too far off, and there should be parking there if nowhere else.
    Robert and Catherine
  • Post #8 - December 20th, 2007, 5:19 pm
    Post #8 - December 20th, 2007, 5:19 pm Post #8 - December 20th, 2007, 5:19 pm
    FYI: Not sure if this has gone into effect yet, but Evanston is trying to reduce the use of parking meters downtown by making it less expensive to park in the garages than at meters...
  • Post #9 - December 20th, 2007, 5:41 pm
    Post #9 - December 20th, 2007, 5:41 pm Post #9 - December 20th, 2007, 5:41 pm
    Hi,

    I am in the same position of Suburban Ronnie. I will have to make almost a last minute decision to attend.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #10 - December 21st, 2007, 12:40 pm
    Post #10 - December 21st, 2007, 12:40 pm Post #10 - December 21st, 2007, 12:40 pm
    I'll be there.

    - Mike
    Did you know there is an LTHforum Flickr group? I just found it...
  • Post #11 - December 28th, 2007, 2:45 pm
    Post #11 - December 28th, 2007, 2:45 pm Post #11 - December 28th, 2007, 2:45 pm
    Just FYI: Omaggio is featured on page 84 of the January 2008 issue of North Shore magazine.... (I searched for a link to the article online, but it does not appear to have been posted yet.)
    "Life is a combination of magic and pasta." -- Federico Fellini

    "You're not going to like it in Chicago. The wind comes howling in from the lake. And there's practically no opera season at all--and the Lord only knows whether they've ever heard of lobster Newburg." --Charles Foster Kane, Citizen Kane.
  • Post #12 - January 4th, 2008, 11:55 am
    Post #12 - January 4th, 2008, 11:55 am Post #12 - January 4th, 2008, 11:55 am
    chapulin wrote:The parking garage on Davis between Orrignton and Benson isn't too far off, and there should be parking there if nowhere else.

    Yup. There's another one not too much further on Church just east of Chicago, which is convenient if you also need to go to Whole Foods or the library.

    Both garages are free for the first hour, and $2 for 1-2 hours.
  • Post #13 - January 4th, 2008, 1:10 pm
    Post #13 - January 4th, 2008, 1:10 pm Post #13 - January 4th, 2008, 1:10 pm
    I've been a couple times now, and have some recommendations for you (I can't make the lunch):
    Pappardelle with Boar Ragu -- this item is outstanding, perhaps overdressed by Batali standards, but what Italian-American eaters expect.

    Olives - Get at least one platter of olives for the table. It's generous and lots of variety

    Pizza Fratelli del Diavolo (sp) - spicy salami and giardinera

    Pork tenderloin Milanese
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #14 - January 8th, 2008, 1:24 pm
    Post #14 - January 8th, 2008, 1:24 pm Post #14 - January 8th, 2008, 1:24 pm
    FYI - we're reserved under the name "LTH" for approximately 10 at 12:30, although if that number varies ± 8, I think we'll still be okay.
  • Post #15 - January 8th, 2008, 8:22 pm
    Post #15 - January 8th, 2008, 8:22 pm Post #15 - January 8th, 2008, 8:22 pm
    might be 2 more
  • Post #16 - January 8th, 2008, 11:36 pm
    Post #16 - January 8th, 2008, 11:36 pm Post #16 - January 8th, 2008, 11:36 pm
    nr706 wrote:Peering in the window the other day, Omaggio looked promising. Others seem to think so, too:

    http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=16698

    Yikes, why do I sense a wave of hate about to be unleashed my way? :(

    I hope lunch goes well, but just in case let me attempt to weasel out of any responsibility: I can only comment on the deli meats, which I was excited to find were of good quality. The stuff that the restaurant actually did with these ingredients was poor or ill-conceived (and a couple subsequent experiences were no better, which I may post on later).

    (I do think Amelia is somewhat better than "OK", but I agree with the general sentiment -- the new additions to Evanston's restaurant scene are great at "concepting" and promotion. Cooking, not so much.)

    Oh, and don't order anything with meatballs. Just don't.
  • Post #17 - January 9th, 2008, 9:57 am
    Post #17 - January 9th, 2008, 9:57 am Post #17 - January 9th, 2008, 9:57 am
    Oh I don't see any hate coming your way. Maybe differing opinions but that's why there are 31 flavors.

    I moved my schedule around and am 95% sure I will be there.
    I used to think the brain was the most important part of the body. Then I realized who was telling me that.
  • Post #18 - January 9th, 2008, 10:27 am
    Post #18 - January 9th, 2008, 10:27 am Post #18 - January 9th, 2008, 10:27 am
    No hatred, but we will order some of those meatballs to throw your way. :twisted:
  • Post #19 - January 9th, 2008, 11:34 am
    Post #19 - January 9th, 2008, 11:34 am Post #19 - January 9th, 2008, 11:34 am
    GAF wrote:No hatred, but we will order some of those meatballs to throw your way. :twisted:

    I can almost feel the welts and bruises already. :(
  • Post #20 - January 9th, 2008, 11:53 am
    Post #20 - January 9th, 2008, 11:53 am Post #20 - January 9th, 2008, 11:53 am
    Cathy2 wrote:Hi,

    I am in the same position of Suburban Ronnie. I will have to make almost a last minute decision to attend.

    Regards,


    Unfortunately I cannot attend this time. Sometimes duty calls!

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #21 - January 9th, 2008, 12:00 pm
    Post #21 - January 9th, 2008, 12:00 pm Post #21 - January 9th, 2008, 12:00 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:
    Cathy2 wrote:Hi,

    I am in the same position of Suburban Ronnie. I will have to make almost a last minute decision to attend.

    Regards,


    Unfortunately I cannot attend this time. Sometimes duty calls!

    Regards,

    We are indeed in the same boat today, Cathy. My attending the lunch would leave only 1 person in our office. So, I will catch you guys and gals the next time around. Thanks again, for putting this together.

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #22 - January 9th, 2008, 5:44 pm
    Post #22 - January 9th, 2008, 5:44 pm Post #22 - January 9th, 2008, 5:44 pm
    Can't write...too full...here are my pix...

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    Antipasti with GAF's book in the background.

    Image
    Stuff to dip into the fondue, which hopefully somebody else got a shot of

    Image
    Arancini

    Image
    Polenta with sausage and peppers

    Image
    Insalata frutti di mare

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    Fritto misto

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    Winter Caprese: sundried tomato, mozzarella di bufalo, roasted peppers in olive oil

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    Venison, chestnut and mushroom risotto

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    Trout...some kind of cabbage? IIRC wrapped in some kind of ham?

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    The staggering size bag of leftovers I took home, filled almost to the top with little boxes (GAF, if you feel at all left out for leaving early, PM me and I'll bring you some leftovers)

    I do so enjoy everyone's company! Thanks, Nr706 for setting up...maybe I'll post more about the food after I've digested it; Cathy and Ronnie, sorry to miss you, hope we'll see you next time...
  • Post #23 - January 9th, 2008, 5:54 pm
    Post #23 - January 9th, 2008, 5:54 pm Post #23 - January 9th, 2008, 5:54 pm
    Beautiful pics, MHays!

    I'm especially jealous now, knowing that there was fondue and some sort of trout doobie!!! :D

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #24 - January 9th, 2008, 6:55 pm
    Post #24 - January 9th, 2008, 6:55 pm Post #24 - January 9th, 2008, 6:55 pm
    I'm still stuffed. Here are a few more pix:

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    Herbed cheese fondue (sorry, don't remember the type of cheese) - worked well with the bread, toasts, and apples. A less inspired choice to pair with the strawberries.

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    A stuffed pasta with cheese (again, sorry, don't remember the actual name). An especially filling entree for the psuedo-vegetarian in the group (who also seemed to enjoy the trout wrapped in speck).

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    Feather-light gnocchi in a cream sauce. (Notice the unusual shape. Also notice the less-unusual sight of Octarine chomping at the bit to get the picture-taking done, so he could chomp on the gnocchi, as reflected in the spoon.)

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    The famous, previously discussed meatballs - really, not bad.
    cilantro wrote:Oh, and don't order anything with meatballs. Just don't.


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    Since apparently we still appeared undernourished, the kitchen came out with several platters of cookies for dessert.

    Many thanks to all who showed up, especially Octarine, who knew the owner (Robert LaPata, a vet of LEYE and other well-known restaurants) and asked him to just bring us whatever best represents what Omaggio does. He said that his plan is to feature an homage to a different Italian region each season; currently the menu is derived from favorite foods of Alto Adige (I believe) - the smallest, coldest and least populated province in Italy.
  • Post #25 - January 9th, 2008, 7:07 pm
    Post #25 - January 9th, 2008, 7:07 pm Post #25 - January 9th, 2008, 7:07 pm
    theres one dish missing.

    soooo much food
  • Post #26 - January 9th, 2008, 7:16 pm
    Post #26 - January 9th, 2008, 7:16 pm Post #26 - January 9th, 2008, 7:16 pm
    Right you are, Gus.
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    Mushrooms, polenta and ratatouille
  • Post #27 - January 9th, 2008, 7:30 pm
    Post #27 - January 9th, 2008, 7:30 pm Post #27 - January 9th, 2008, 7:30 pm
    Actually, I think that's braciole, unless I missed a dish. I think the cheese fondue was Fontina with white truffle oil; I've recently realized I'm not a fan of truffle oils (not real truffles, I'm not in that tax bracket) though I did like the fondue -but not with the strawberry, which was obviously not really intended to go in it, even though I tried it just to be weird. I'm with cilantro on the meatballs - though I didn't find them heavy, just less meaty than I prefer. I really enjoyed the antipasti and the polenta in particular.

    I now offer my fullest apologies to GAF that my family snarfed the leftovers before he got to me... :lol:
  • Post #28 - January 9th, 2008, 7:44 pm
    Post #28 - January 9th, 2008, 7:44 pm Post #28 - January 9th, 2008, 7:44 pm
    My heart is sad I missed the delicious looking cookies but my belt is grateful.
  • Post #29 - January 9th, 2008, 8:28 pm
    Post #29 - January 9th, 2008, 8:28 pm Post #29 - January 9th, 2008, 8:28 pm
    The dishes you had differ a bit from what I'd seen -- are those the pumpkin gnocchi, or a new one? The menu through December was Tuscan, they're featuring a different Italian region each quarter but I don't remember when the break points are. I don't recall the trout at all from when I was there, but I didn't look at the fish much. The risotto is an of-the-day, and you lucked out over me -- I don't remember what it was, but if it were venison, chestnut and mushroom I'd have been on it like white on, um, risotto?

    But so far, I've mostly seen pix -- how'd you folks like the food, the ambiance?
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #30 - January 9th, 2008, 9:15 pm
    Post #30 - January 9th, 2008, 9:15 pm Post #30 - January 9th, 2008, 9:15 pm
    JoelF wrote: I don't remember what it was, but if it were venison, chestnut and mushroom I'd have been on it like white on, um, risotto?



    the risotto had to much clove for my taste

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