A couple months ago, I went to a dinner preview at Forno Rosso and tried the amazing Neapolitan-style pizza at this new West Loop restaurant. I was blown away by the service, attention to detail, and of course, the food.
A week ago, I heard that Forno Rosso had just launched a brunch menu, and I jumped at the chance to get in there as soon as possible! And graciously, I was invited by the restaurant to come and check the brand new menu out, on the house.
I already knew that the brunch was going to be delicious, but I wanted to share the wealth and bring along another Chicago Bitch to try the menu with me. Amber, our social media extraordinaire, happened to be available on that particular Sunday, so I set up brunch for the two of us. It’s rare that I get to see her, and I was excited to catch up with her.
I met Amber for a late brunch at the restaurant, and we decided to enjoy the perfect patio weather. Since Forno Rosso is on the far end of the bustling Randolph Street, we were able to enjoy patio seating without the noise and perpetual commotion on Randolph Street as you get closer to Halsted.
To ensure that we thoroughly enjoyed the patio, I was on the search for a cocktail. The frosé, a brand new trend that I am very happy has sprung this summer, caught my eye and I immediately ordered one. This frosé had fresh raspberries, Cote Des Roses rosé, and raspberry sorbetto. It was light, fresh, and potent—exactly how a brunch cocktail should be.
To start, we decided to order an appetizer that was on special that day. It was buffalo mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto, atop arugula, and garnished with cherry tomatoes. This appetizer was delicious, and should absolutely be on the menu! It was the perfect summery dish that certainly set the standard for the entire meal.
After enjoying the patio, and finishing our delicious appetizer, the owner, Nick, came out to chat with Amber and I. After the amazing dinner experience that I had months ago, I asked Nick if he could provide recommendations for our meal. Nick recommended some options, and put in the orders for us—both Amber and I were anxious to try everything.
All three entrees came out together, and the hardest part was figuring out where to start. I decided to work my way through the savory and end with the sweet dish.
First up was the Uova in Purgatorio, made with three fresh eggs, onions, spicy San Marzano tomato sauce, and toasted ciabatta delicately placed on the edge of the plate. The bread wedges were lightly toasted, and the tomato sauce was light, and spicy—a great savory dish. The Uova, however, is a dish that would be perfect for sharing with a group of people, but as a single entree, I don’t know if it would fill me up. Instead, consider the Uova as an appetizer for the table, as it is not to be missed.
Next was the prosciutto frittata, which was made of fresh eggs, prosciutto cotto, organic mushrooms, and Asiago cheese. The frittata was fluffy, savory, and the balance of ingredients mixed in was terrific—not too much, not too little. The frittata also came with a side of potatoes, bacon, and sausage, which both Amber and I enjoyed—yet another great entree for the table!
And finally, the sweet entree. I was incredibly excited about it. The wood fired pancake with a mascarpone cheese glaze, Amarena cherries, and powdered sugar—wow! This was a show stopper. When Nick came out to check on us, I couldn’t stop complimenting this pancake. The other amazing fact is that everything that is made for brunch is made in the wood fired oven, the same one they use to make the pizzas. Who knew wood fired ovens could be so versatile?
The pancake was soft, and airy and the mascarpone cheese glaze gave the pancake just enough sweetness, but not too much. I would order this entree over and over again!
As Amber and I finished the entrees, we were both nearing our limit for food, but I begged Amber to try the dessert pizza with me. After describing how delicious it was at dinner, she relented and allowed me to order it stating, “fine, but I’ll only have one bite.” Yes, OK Amber, whatever you say!
The dessert pizza came out in all its Nutella, banana, and powdered sugar glory. It was just as delicious as the first time I tried it. Neither of us were able to eat much of it at brunch, so we decided to take it home. The best part about this dessert pizza is that it tastes just as delicious the next day!
This no-frills brunch spot is easily one of the best in town. Having been for dinner, and now brunch, I plan on telling everyone who frequents the West Loop to make their way a bit further west, so that they can try this Forno Rosso, before everyone else catches on.
The Bitches say: A. Forno Rosso impressed us with this brand new brunch, and we think everyone should try it. So, get there before it gets so popular you have to wait to be seated!
1048 W Randolph St,
Chicago, IL 60607
Forno Rosso serves brunch on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.