[argentinian gnocchi]

One of my favorite things to do is go out to a relaxed dinner, unrushed, unhurried, savoring every bite and enjoying each plate the talented chef concocts. Last night I had the pleasure of trying out one of Chicago’s newest up-and-coming restaurants, the distinctive Argentinian~Italian fusion restaurant, Caminito. Located in Lincoln Park, across from Steppenwolf, this gem is mere months old, but somehow [he never reveals his ways] my thoughtful boyfriend found out about it and, knowing how much I love eclectic, unique cuisine, made plans for us to try it out.

[winnie + kev, quintessential sweethearts]

We both love gnocchi [pasta + potatoes, basically sums up the two of us] and he’d heard Caminito had the best gnocchi in the city ~ which, news to me, is a common dish in Argentina. After dousing some of our freshly baked bread in housemade chimichurri [our server clued us in that it's a blend of oregano, red pepper, fresh parsley, garlic, olive oil, and vinegar] we both ordered the Gnocchi al Fruto del Mar [homemade potato dumplings sauteed with fresh seafood on a semi-spicy tomato sauce]. As we sipped our champagne and sopped up the addicting chimichurri with the hot crusty bread, diners slowly started trickling in, and before we knew it the place was packed. Oh, and how could I leave this part out, it’s a BYOB! Genius right?

[some bubbly for date night]

Our gnocchi came, a prettily arranged plate piled with calamari, crab, mussels, and the famed dumplings. In went the first forkful. Heaven, I tell you. Each bite of the gnocchi was pillowy soft and creamy, matched by the hearty chunks of fresh seafood. We both chewed in silent admiration, this gnocchi was legit. In the midst of all this a person approached our table, professional-looking camera in tow. “Mind if I take your picture?” He was a photographer from Metromix/RedEye and they were featuring Caminito in their Friday edition. We were going to be famous! Okay, not really, but it was pretty cool and a first for both of us. Snap, snap, snap. “Can you cheers with your champagne glass?” Sure! Snap, snap, snap. A very memorable end to an already wonderful evening.

ps: apologies for the shoddy photos, the dim light works like a charm for romantic ambiance, not as well for snapping non-flash iPhone pics.

[let the stomach growling commence]

[every bit as good as it looks]

[+ dessert: almendrado con dulce de leche]


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  1. OMG…
    That dinner looks great… However looks just like the one I get every week from my beautiful Italian wife.
    I would still like to try out this restaurant out if only as one “test drives” a fine Italian sports car. You want to see how it handles on that world class test track going from “fork” to “full” in the most enjoyable leisurely time…
    Oh no, I sound like a food critic reviewing my daughters new restaurant.
    Sorry… Mi sto veramente fame.
    Save me a couple bites of that dessert.
    I can only afford about 800 calories worth.

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    1. You’re a very lucky guy to have such a beautiful and talented Italian wife. She sounds like one in a billion!

      You should eat as much dessert as you want. I will send you some of the gnocchi in the mail, or better yet, try and make some for you fresh. I’ll save the calamari tentacles especially for you!

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      1. I agreed with everything right up until the calamari tentacles…
        Yaaaa uck….
        How can cooked “rubber-bands” or as they say in Pittsburgh “gum-bands” ever taste good.

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        1. They’re yummmmmmmmmmmy!

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