Inside a Top Chef’s Melange of Italian and Croatian Flavors

Joe Flamm didn’t want to open up an additional Italian restaurant. The previous Spiaggia chef figured out significantly as government chef at the Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking the Wonderful Mile together facet mentor Tony Mantuano. But for his first solo cafe, Flamm wanted to carve out his personal future, and his spouse furnished the inspiration.

Rose Mary, which opens nowadays in Fulton Industry, is 1 of Chicago’s most anticipated cafe openings. Cafe delays are normal, but COVID-19 pushed Rose Mary’s opening day back again various instances. At a single level it was scheduled for April Fools Working day. Flamm would say the joke was on him after the latest hold off.

A male chef in a red shirt and black apron holding a steel pan near a kitchen counter.

South Aspect indigenous Joe Flamm is opening his very first cafe.

A Golden Negroni, Which is Which, and Fruity Spritz.

Whilst Flamm’s 130-seat restaurant will provide fresh pastas, as a apparent connector to working experience with Italian food items at Spiaggia, Flamm’s spouse — Hillary — launched her husband to Croatian culture. Croatians have a extensive historical past in Chicago — the most popular might be Toni Kukoc, a lanky Chicago Bulls stretch ahead who starred with Michael Jordan in the ‘90s profitable a few NBA championships. But despite those civic roots, Flamm was a rookie when it came to dishes like things manufactured in a peka, a steel baking dish with a bell-formed lid. This is the route for Flamm to introduce Chicago to dishes which includes a “peka style” newborn octopus. Immediately after visits to Europe and study, Flamm is ready, and immediately after to begin with advertising and marketing the restaurant as an “Italian-Croatian” mash up, Rose Mary has refined that label to “Adriatic delicacies.”

Croatians have also augmented Chicago’s prolonged record of sausage building. Balkan-type cevapi is a preferred summer time take care of about the metropolis, and at Rose Mary. The meat goes perfectly with a crisp lager — Flamm has pursued Croatian beers to pair with his menu. The risotto segment is also of notice. For those energized to forage for seasonal crops, the opening menu attributes a ramp risotto with trumpet mushrooms. Flamm also explores the traditional Croatian facet with a tribute to the little riverside town of Skradin. The Skradin risotto characteristics veal, parmesan, chicken thigh, and tomato.

Rose Mary’s brilliant interiors.

A patio should really open up in Could. Flamm, who obtained a nationwide subsequent following Prime Chef crowned him a champion in 2018, is teaming up with the house owners of BLVD Steakhouse. This is Sancerre Hospitality’s next Fulton Market restaurant.

Seem at the menu and search via the space below. Reservations have been a very hot commodity the following accessible reserving is June 1.

Rose Mary, 932 W. Fulton Industry, (872) 260-3921, open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday as a result of Thursday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Reservations by way of OpenTable.

The wooden-burning oven is the centerpiece.

Barbara J. Miriam

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