Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Quote of the week . . .

(Photo: Il Covo)

"It was like 'A Wonderful Life' with a psychedelic Santa," says Carol Johnson, partner of Il Covo (2152 N. Damen Ave., 773-862-5555) in Bucktown, about a special Christmas Eve dinner she hosted for none other than the legendary George Clinton of Parliament fame. Johnson says that Clinton's "dinner" first consisted of only a Long Island iced tea until she convinced him to try some of the Italian eatery's signature dishes, including grilled Vegetale e Scamorza (one of Chicago magazine's top 124 dishes), the calamari fritti as well as several flavors of gelato: rainbow (just like his hair!), strawberry, pistachio, tangerine, vanilla bean and chocolate chip.

The restaurant was closed for the special event (which was a thank you party for his participation in Lip Service's annual Jingle Bell Jam), but she says that a cute neighborhood couple knocked on their door and asked if they could come in for a drink and anything the kitchen could whip up for them. The couple was sommelier Stephan Alexander and Erin Draper of the four-star Italian restaurant Spiaggia (980 N. Michigan Ave., 312-280-2750).

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