The new Italian restaurant replacing the beloved Mirabell German restaurant in Avondale should open in about two weeks. Chef/owner Arturo Aucaquizpi and his staff are waiting for their appliances to be delivered before they open Mirabella Italian Cuisine. In the meantime, they’ve posted the restaurant’s menu on a new website.
As the longtime chef at Gene & Georgetti, Aucaquizpi spent more than two decades at the historic Chicago steakhouse in River North. As the owner of a neighborhood restaurant, he’s not after the same clientele as Gene & Georgetti. But he will offer an array of steaks, and Aucaquizpi says he’ll put his own spin on how he’ll prepare the beef. The menu includes the usual cuts like ribeye, New York strip and filet mignon.
Aucaquizpi also wants to cater to a wide array of customers, and that’s why his pastas are available in whole wheat and gluten-free varieties. Chicago traditionalists will also perk up when they see a version of shrimp DeJonghe on the menu. They’ve also created a Facebook page.
Mirabell closed after 40 years of serving German food, and shortly rebranded as a bar (M Pub) last year. Check back in the next couple weeks for more info on how this Chicago mainstay is being transformed at 3454 W. Addison St.