Tonight, Chicago dining enthusiasts can taste Brendan Sodikoff's take on "boutique" Italian cuisine—at a deep discount. Sodikoff spread the word last night that he's unveiling Cocello, the reconcepted Dillman's, during a soft opening tonight through Thursday. All customers who come in during that period will receive 40 percent off their food purchases.
Sodikoff has thrown a curveball by nixing the steakhouse portion of the concept. His menus, published in full below, feature a large selection of handmade pastas, four crudos, and a few fish and meat entrees along with antipasti, salads, and sides.
The beverage side features "light drinks" and "strong drinks" (many are Italian takes on classics), four types of negronis, apertif cocktails, hot cocktails, and amaros.
With Dillman's only closed for 16 days, the space has only seen some cosmetic changes. A 50-seat patio will run the length of the building soon.
Sodikoff expects Cocello to be in "full swing" on Friday; will an opening discount get it off to a good start?