WineChannelTV visits Chicago hot spot Merlo on Maple
If you’re looking to treat that special someone with gourmet Italian and fantastic wine, you’ll want to put Merlo on Maple on your list of places to visit.
This Gold Coast fine dining restaurant has been on my list of places to visit for a while just because of its catchy name. It sets the mood for a romantic evening as soon as you walk in the door and spot the candles on the tables.
For my main course, I had the Spaghetti all chitarra Mediterraneo which is their hand-made square spaghetti topped with fresh-catch scampi, shrimp, scallops, clams and mussels in a delicious red pepper flake, cherry tomatoe, white wine sauce.
It went perfectly with the 2008 Italian Valpolicella Classico Buglioni I had at $11 a glass. The wine’s nice acidity and red fruit notes balanced out the seafood and cherry tomato sauce wonderfully.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant as a great meeting location or anniversary spot.
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