A new fast-casual restaurant featuring gourmet sandwiches and pizza from the owners of Dante’s Pizzeria, Rocking Horse and Haywood Tavern should soon open in Ravenswood. Co-owner Georg Simos described his upcoming restaurant, Vidalia, as “fine dining meets GrubHub.” He’s shooting to open in two weeks at 1964 W. Lawrence Ave., formerly the Last Pit Stop space.
Simos answered the pressing question: The pizza at Vidalia is different from the New York-style pizza at Dante’s. At first, ownership wanted to open a spinoff for Dante’s, which is why they created a new pizza recipe. When those plans stalled, Simos and Haywood Tavern chef Rodney Staton pivoted toward developing Vidalia, and sandwiches will star. Staton is in charge of the food at Vidalia. They’ll have house-made pastrami, offer six to eight sides (including potato, pasta, beet and faro salads) and paninis. Simos also described a Philly-style porchetta sandwich topped with provolone and broccolini.
“It’s just good food, we’re not trying to get too caught up with the concept,” Simos said. “It’s just good food that we’d want to eat.”
They’re in discussions on whether to pursue a liquor license, but it’s a family-friendly spot with 40 to 45 seats, three booths and a big communal table.
For Simos, it’s his seventh restaurant/bar. He and business partner Alex Tsolakides also own High Dive in Ukrainian Village and Crown Liquors in Logan Square. Look for news on the opening date and menu later this month.