If you're tired of everyone pretending they don't eat carbs, this new spot is perfect for you. If you're craving housemade pastas and crispy-crust pizza, head over to Forza, a new bar-restaurant in Lincoln Park. Forza, which came out of a chance meeting of Italian chef Mario Giuseppe Mentesana and Paul Ieraci, who was vacationing in Chicago from Australia, will serve Mentesana's family recipes in a warm, welcoming, stylish 75-seat space.
The menu has a number of delicious-sounding appetizers like mussles in spicy Calabrese sauce; arancini alla Siciliana; Roman-style pizza pockets; and mascarpone polenta hand-poured tableside onto a marble slab and topped with the chef's sauce of the day. Pastas and pizzas, ranging between $8 and $11, showcase ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes, housemade sweet Italian sausage, Prosciutto di Parma, Sicilian Recca anchovy and organic duck eggs.
Forza has tapped former Mastro's mixologist Tony Selna who has crafted a list utilizing fresh herbs, purees and even a housemade sun-dried tomato vodka. The restaurant will have a 50-bottle wine list and eventually they'll open Forza Champagne Lounge next door. Until they do, peep the menu below and pop over to Foraz for your carb fix.