Fabio Viviani’s 4 Favorite Cocktail Recipes

Get your mixology on with one of Top Chef alum and Chicago restaurateur Fabio Viviani’s favorite cocktail recipes from Bar Siena, Siena Tavern and Prime & Provisions!

Fabio Viviani knows good cocktails. (If you’ve been to one of his restaurants in Chicago, you already know this.) So it’s no surprise that when he’s looking for a good drink, he keeps it close to home.

“I go to The Aviary once in a while, but [my favorite] has to be Bar Siena and Siena Tavern for cocktails,” Viviani says. “I tend to stay home for a cocktail because it’s very hard to beat my restaurants in town for cocktails. We have great cocktails.”

What’s his go-to order? “I’m a classic, I like old fashioned at Prime & Provisions and I like the #2 at Siena Tavern. I love them.”

Step up your summer cocktail game and try out these recipes for yourself! And then pair it with a plate of four mushroom risotto from Viviani’s brand-new cookbook, Fabio’s 30-Minute Italian.


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Q&A: Chef Fabio Viviani Talks Chicago Favorites and New Cookbook “Fabio’s 30-Minute Italian”

Chicago restauranteur and Top Chef favorite Fabio Viviani is cooking up more than 100 fast and easy Italian recipes in his latest cookbook, Fabio’s 30-Minute Italian.

As soon as I heard Fabio Viviani was coming out with a new cookbook, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Bar Siena-worthy recipes in 30 minutes or less? Sign me up!

I had the chance to interview Fabio about his brand-new book for the latest issue of CS magazine (check out the full article here!)—he even convinced me I could make pasta from scratch (so I’m pretty sure anyone can do it).

Fabio’s 30-Minute Italian is full of tips and tricks to make authentic Italian dishes without spending hours in the kitchen. “The meals are accessible—they don’t use fancy ingredients—and if people understand how I am, they know that with literally 10 to 20 minutes and three or four steps, they can make a fantastic meal,” he says.

Fabio’s dishing on his new cookbook, favorite foodie spots in Chicago and exciting upcoming projects (hint: more wine and new restaurants coming to town!).

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What to Eat at Chicago’s Revival Food Hall


Revival Food Hall is about to become your new go-to lunch spot.

Last week I tagged along with my friend Carly Hurwitz from Fork This America to the preview of Revival Food Hall (125 S. Clark St.), a new 24,000-square-foot marketplace with 15 fast-casual restaurants. It’s basically a giant, amazing food court in the middle of the Loop.

Each stall was sampling a few popular menu items and cocktails in celebration of the opening, so Carly and I did some tough research trying everything (literally everything—except the ramen, which we’re still upset about). We also checked out Curbside Splendor, the super cute pop-up shop with a small curated selection of books and records from Chicago artists—very cool and conveniently located next to the bar.

(Photo courtesy of Revival Food Hall)

Here’s a rundown of what you’ll find at Revival, which officially opens today, along with some of our favorite foods. I’ll definitely be back for lunch (and maybe even breakfast!) soon.

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Post-Lollapalooza 2016 Playlist


Relive the weekend with my Lollapalooza 2016 playlist.

One of the most fun weekends of summer in Chicago, Lollapalooza, was this weekend!

I wasn’t actually even planning on going this year, but of course when Friday rolled around I had major FOMO and decided to get a last-minute Sunday pass.

The headliners this year were Radiohead, Lana Del Ray, LCD Soundsystem, Red Hot Chile Peppers, J. Cole, Major Lazer, Disclosure and Ellie Goulding, who I saw on Sunday. There was such a good mix of old throwbacks (Third Eye Blind), cool indie girl groups (MUNA and HAIM) and dance-worthy electronic music (Flume was one of my favorites!).

Photo by Greg Noire

If you’re anything like me, you’re still listening to all of your favorites from the weekend on Spotify. I made a playlist with all of my favorite songs from the bands we saw on Sunday and have been playing it nonstop since the shows ended.

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10 Chicago Summer Festivals to Add to Your Calendar


Festival season is in full swing in Chicago! These are a few of my favorite Chicago events, including Windy City Smokeout, Do Division and the Renegade Craft Fair.

One of my favorite parts about summer in Chicago is that there’s a new festival every weekend, from art fairs to food and music festivals. It’s a great way to get outside, listen to live music, try some new food, and find a cool, one-of-a-kind piece of art for your apartment.

I’m rounding up my favorite festivals and adding all of these Chicago events to my summer bucket list!

May 28-29: Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival

Kick off festival season at this Lakeview street party dancing to Boy Band Review (covering your favorite ’90s boy band jams) and Wedding Banned (playing all the classic wedding songs).

June 3-5: Do Division

This Wicker Park street fest and sidewalk sale has two live music stages, food and drinks from local vendors and a sidewalk sale put on by the Division Street shops.

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