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?
We started off with Whipped Feta with Cucumbers. This was AMAZING! Whitney and I were practically licking the bowl (I wish I were kidding.) The bread was a little over crisp and burnt on the edges – but I didn’t care – it was just a feta-delivery-tool. I’m really not a huge fan of feta but this was simply spectacular. We had a 2nd delivery of bread to finish this off.
My coworkers were into the vino but I’m not a fan so I was trying some of their beer selection. Good stuff – I liked the DuPont better – at least once I added my lemon to it.
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.
Next up was the charcuterie and cheeses. And I really don’t remember what we got – it was dimly lit (thus the horrible use of flash photography – my apologies) and a bit noisy (we were next to the bar) – but it was all damn good. I think the meat was one of the prosciuttos (which I LOVE) and for the cheeses we got a cheddar, a goat and something else. I can confidently say – the plates were EMPTY. So delicious – sometimes it’s the simple things that are truly the best. (Plus – add a little jam on top to make it even better.)
Matt is a meat & potatoes guy – he does not eat vegetables. So he chose the Milk Braised Pork Shoulder with Mashed Potatoes. This literally fell apart when you looked at it! No knife required. Delicious! The gravy was awesome too.
Instead of dessert – we decided to end the night with a Meatball Slider with Parmesan & Arugula. We sliced this into three pieces and gave one final toast to the Purple Pig.
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!