Nico Osteria Recognizes JBFA Weekend (Updated Menus + Hours)

 JBF Finalist Erling Wu-Bower with Kim Leali & Amanda Rockman

 JBF Finalist Erling Wu-Bower with Kim Leali & Amanda Rockman

The James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony is right around the corner & Nico Osteria is making some changes in light of the weekend's festivities! 

On Sunday, April 30th, our brunch menu will feature several dishes from the dinner menu. 

On Monday, May 1st, the dinner menu will only be available throughout the day. 

On Tuesday, May 2nd, due to Gabrielle Hamilton's takeover in the evening, we will be closing the main Osteria at 2 PM & will only be serving a minimal menu until 5 PM. 

If there are any questions regarding these changes, please call us at 312.994-7100 or email us at

Good luck Erling & Gabrielle!


Gabrielle Hamilton's Prune Takeover at Nico Osteria (May 2nd)

Nico Osteria is proud to announce a 'takeover' by Chef Gabrielle Hamilton of NYC's Prune Restaurant on Tuesday, May 2nd! The highly anticipated pop up event will celebrate & recognize the 2017 James Beard Foundation Award Ceremony taking place on May 1st at the Lyric Opera House. 

Both Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune and Erling Wu-Bower of Nico Osteria are finalists this year for receiving a JBF Award. Hamilton is nominated for Outstanding Chef while Wu-Bower is for Best Chef: Great Lakes. 

In true takeover form, Nico will offer a selection of Gabrielle and Prune's signature dishes a la carte for the evening, including Whole-Roasted Breast of Veal, Cacio e Pepe and Gabrielle's classic Gin & Tonic. To view the full menu, visit this link. To learn more about Prune and Gabrielle, click here.

Because reservations are currently limited, please call Nico Osteria directly at 312.904.7100 or email


The Menti Pour



 Our wine director Bret Heiar knows how to describe wine all too well. He recently added The Menti glass pour on the wine list, and he's pretty excited about it.

Read his description below on The Menti:

"The Menti is a new glass pour at Nico Osteria that I've been waiting to arrive in the market for over six months. Not only is it entirely unique and pairs wonderfully with our food, it is fantastic and completely crushable on it's own.

The history behind it is pretty fascinating as well. The winery Menti Giovanni is located in Gambellara (within Veneto, Italy) and has been around since the late 1800's. It was founded by Giovanni Menti. His grandson is also named Giovanni and he runs the place now with his son. The two of them do everything themselves from the vine to the wine, and nobody touches it but them. They do it all organically and biodynamically. The 100 percent Garganega (most known as the grape of Soave) is unlike any I've ever had. It's wild, feral, with cider like texture, but fresh and inviting. It truly is outlaw wine for the region. It tastes like Ric Flair's entrance music."