When is the last time you had handmade pasta — not pasta from a box, but actual fresh pasta? Making pasta is a labor-intensive process, and there are not a lot of restaurants that serve fresh pasta. However, a delicious new Italian restaurant called Torchio Pasta Bar just opened near Catalyst Apartments, and fresh pasta is their specialty.
All About Torchio
Torchio is the creation of chef and owner Bill Varley, who has been making homemade pasta in his New York home for years. After visiting Chicago and falling in love with the city, he decided to move right in and open his own pasta restaurant. Bill’s sister Jolene also works for the restaurant and has helped develop their menu of Italian desserts. These are the perfect way to end a traditional pasta meal.
The pasta at Torchio is made in-house, and you can even watch it being made through the window in the dining room. You simply cannot find pasta fresher than this. The restaurant has already been racking up glowing reviews.
To gear up for your pasta, consider ordering a starter. A favorite is the Salumi Board, which comes with mortadella, capocolla, and other Italian meats.
For your main course, you have your choice of traditional pasta dishes. The orecchiette, hot sausage, and broccoli rabe is a really hearty choice. The bucatini puttanesca, made with San Marzano tomatoes and anchovies, is another favorite. For a more classic option, try Giovanna’s Bolognese. This dish features tagliatelle with a rich bolognese sauce and is served in a Parmesan basket.
For dessert, you can’t go wrong with the classic tiramisu or the torta di cioccolato, a flourless chocolate cake that is also gluten-free.
Learn More About Torchio Pasta Bar
Torchio is a delicious choice for date night or a special weekend meal. It’s a good idea to make a reservation, especially on busy Saturday nights. Add Torchio to your must-visit list, and contact us if you’re looking for a new apartment in Chicago. You can also use our online scheduler anytime.Back to all posts