Just in time for summer patio season, the newly revamped Bice Ristorante is set to open at 6 p.m. tonight inside the Talbott Hotel. The new Gold Coast restaurant takes the place of the former, more casual Bice Bistro with an expanded dining room and menu. Bice, which used to be located in Streeterville, brings authentic Northern Italian food to a beautiful room with a 400-bottle, climate-controlled wine case as the centerpiece.
The room feels like a solarium with a color palette of warm browns, creams and whites; tubular glass pendants hanging from the ceiling and greenery throughout. The approximately 120-seat room has very clean lines and features black and white photography and paintings on the walls.
Across the entrance from the dining room sits a dark and masculine-feeling bar with 10 stools at the bar, five high-top tables, a lone flat-panel TV tucked away on the back wall and gorgeous wood carved throughout the space. Outside, Bice will feature a 120-seat sprawling patio where guests can dine and sip prosecco.
Chef Mario Camia, who hails from Barolo in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy and who has cooked in many five-star kitchens, has created a menu reflective of his home region. Some menu items include insalata di aragosta, scampi e capesante (steamed lobster, shrimp, scallops, red onion, grape tomato and baby red leaf in a citrus vinaigrette); bresaola della Valtellina (thinly sliced cured beef with green apple, fennel and arugula); an array of housemade pasta like gnocci, pappardelle and whole wheat fettucine (not to mention the Piedmont-style small raviolini with fontina cheese fondue, black truffle, butter and sage); and a variety of grilled meats and different fish.
Bice will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.