Neighbors over the weekend got a sneak peek of Animale, the new restaurant from the Osteria Langhe team, representing their plunge into the popular world of fast casual. A formal opening isn't planned until Wednesday inside the former Baocos space at 1904 N. Western Ave., where Bucktown, Humboldt Park and Logan Square meet.
The menu comes with a tagline: "One That Feeds Itself To Survive." Visitors will find Italian street food and other classics starting with four house-made pastas, including parpardelle (Wagyu beef cheeks, roasted carrots, green onion, Dijon bread crumb). There's also a sandwich section including a double-patty burger with fontina. The menu also has an "untraditional parts" section featuring bacon-wrapped sweetbreads and herb-encrusted rabbit liver. An iteration of Osteria Langhe's signature plin pasta is also available.
Check out the menu below as chef Cameron Grant and owner Aldo Zaninotto unveil their sequel to Osteria Langhe, hoping to redefine counter service.
Animale, 1904 N. Western Ave., (872) 315-3912, open 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday; 3 p.m. to midnight on Friday; 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.