— Bill Clinton’s love of Italian food is well-documented, as the former POTUS has eaten at a slew of Italian spots in NYC as well as at Joe Fish here in Chicago in 2015. And on Wednesday evening he and Hillary Clinton ate at Riva on Navy Pier, Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants’ touristy outpost downtown, according to Facebook posts. There’s no word on what they specifically ate, but they did pose for photos. The former first couple were in town for Hillary’s speech to help launch the new Ida B. Wells Legacy Committee and recruit black women for office.
— The new Wicker Park location of new Eater 38 member Bonci Pizzeria won’t open on April 17 as planned. The city pushed back its city inspections until next week, and ownership is now hoping to open it the following week. Stay tuned for updates.
— Popular Logan Square sandwich-and-cocktail restaurant Wyler Road will debut weekend brunch tomorrow. Check out the menu below, which includes a variety of sandwiches, egg dishes, snacks and floats. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
— Two acclaimed local pastry chefs, Kym DeLost (The Gage and Acanto) and Leigh Omilinsky (Nico Osteria), will be featured on the new season of Food Network’s “Best Baker in America.” It premieres on May 7.
— Boleo’s Cory Morris won the Chicago leg of Cochon 555 last weekend, besting Carlos Gaytan (Mexique), Andres Padilla (Topolobampo), Ryan Burns (The Blanchard), and Mario Garcia (Kitty O’Shea’s) in the annual roving whole heritage pig cooking competition. Morris, who also competed in 2014, moves onto the Grand Cochon national finals, taking place on September 30 here in Chicago.
— “The Chew” co-host Carla Hall will host the James Beard Foundation Awards again this year, taking place in Chicago on May 7.
— And finally, Izola White, who ran the landmark South Side soul food restaurant Izola’s Restaurant which opened in 1957, passed away on Tuesday, the Sun-Times reports. She was 96.
WR Menu Brunch 04-05-18 by Daniel Gerzina on Scribd