I don't get to travel for work very often - so when I do - I make the food portion count! I went to Chicago a couple of weeks ago for work and knew we would have one night on our own - so I set off to find the best dining experience I could!
The Purple Pig is a collaboration of chefs from Mia Francesca, Spiaggia and Heaven on Seven and features housemade charcuterie (prepared meats), cheeses and classic Mediterranean fare. How can you go wrong?
This place was PACKED!! They do not take reservations - so it's sort of a game of getting there either early or late to avoid a two-hour wait. But trust me - it's worth it - no matter which way you go.
The thing we loved is that it's somewhat of a tapas menu. There is so much to choose from and it's all sharable - so share we did. We made it a bit of a round-robin with each of us choosing an item and going around about 3x! Whitney wanted to try the Seabass with Chickpeas so we got that too. We started with a couple of items and then just kept noshing and ordering and drinking - repeat.
Two of our items looked like this - one was Eggplant Parmesan Balls and the other was the Chorizo Stuffed Olives. Both were great - I don't like eggplant but didn't mind these. The olives were nice little bites as well.
Why Should You Go? It's a great night of dining! There is something for EVERYONE. The atmosphere is hip & you definitely feel like you're special when you're there. The staff was amazing - they just kept coming back and taking care of us amidst all the customers! The food - impeccable. It wasn't all zomg amazing but it was all tasty. My two favorites were the whipped feta & the charcuterie. If you're in Chicago (living or visiting) - you gotta go!
Disclosure: Purple Pig provided this meal for myself & my coworkers - but the opinions are my own. Thanks so much to the PP - I had no idea they were going to surprise us like that!!!