Potenza P.

Chicago, IL


<br><br>Full service HD production company, specializing in branded content. Also, we love food.<br><br> Over a decade of experience in crafting film content, and a lifetime of loving food. From script to screen, we will create an exciting cinematic experience for your brand, effortlessly communicating to your customers all the best you have to offer. Like we did for our friends here at Food Mafia, and clients like the Boka Group and Modern Luxury. Your website needs branded content too. We can help.<br><br> www.potenza-productions.com.<br><br>

Menu:Recent Reviews


Restaurant: Balena
Chris Pandel and Amanda Rockman had a love child, a little fatty called Balena. And Dio Mio! we are in love. The stunning decor transported us to modern Italy, without the hefty ticket price or 8 hour flight. The amazing food did too: kudos for pairing unexpected combinations, like smoked mackerel and soft cooked egg, a bruschetta with tuna and beans, and a kale salad with sardines. The pizzas are every bit as good as the ones we have on the piazza in Rome, courtesy of an imported Italian oven. Don't miss the housemade pastas, and please save room for dessert. The affogato with cinnamon donuts is heavenly, outdone only by the tirmamisu with roasted pear... or the sublime pistachio sundae. Cap your perfect meal off with a housemade limoncello. Delizioso!



Bruschetta of Oil Poached Tuna & Marinated Beans, Margherita pizza, Desserts

Buona Sera

Restaurant: Piccolo Sogno
Piccolo Sogno really is a little dream. This authentic gem offers ridiculously good food, wonderful ambiance, and genuine service. The wine list is huge, and solely Italian - we chose a recommended Barolo. For the food: Holy Beet Salad, Batman! I can't remember having one better. Grilled calamari was also a hit. Entrees included Stracci di Farro (truffle oil makes everything better) and a pork tenderloin special (pancetta wrapped does too). The space is warm and inviting, like being at your (very wealthy) Italian aunt's villa. The patio is a true urban oasis in the warmer months. If you can't go to Italy, go to Piccolo Sogno and get caught up in the dream.



Beet salad, Stracci di farro

Elegant and Oh So Delicious

Restaurant: Sepia
We have something in common with the President and First Lady: Sepia is one of our favorite restaurants. This gem, located in a 19th century print shop just off Restaurant Row, consistently amazes us with their attention to detail in every aspect. The food, helmed by Executive Chef Andrew Zimmerman, (whom we first fell in love with at the now-shuttered MOD), is a seasonal delight. Our favorites include the english pea & mascarpone angnolotti (all pastas are made fresh), jumbo marble fluke with fava beans, and the flat iron steak with bearnaise. Go ahead and order a side of the caramelized brussel sprouts, and the duck fat potatoes too. Wine list is spectacular, with several offerings only found in Chicago at Sepia. Service is refined yet comfortable. We definitely feel presidential dining here.



english pea angnolotti, fish dishes, flat iron steak

Sexy. Vegan. Yes.

Restaurant: Karyn's On Green
In the mood for vegetarian but your dining companion is a die-hard carnivore? Take them to Karyn's on Green and convert them. This is not your typical vegan restaurant. The dining room, with its soaring vaulted ceiling and gorgeous chandeliers, is steak-house sleek and contemporary. The wine list is mostly sustainable and organic, but always delicious. And the food is ridiculously good. In the mood for a crab cake? Karyn's version rivals anything that came naturally in a shell. We love starting with the raw cheese platter, and frankly, we could eat a vat of the red pepper gazpacho. Other must-try dishes include the "chicken" legs and the Shepherd's Pie. Oh, and we would be remiss if we didn't tell you about the roasted foraged mushrooms with polenta cake. Check out the wall of famous vegetarians, including Steve Jobs, Upton Sinclair, and Reese Witherspoon, and you know you're in good company. This is the Gibson's of vegetarian cuisine.



Red pepper gazpacho, crab cake, shepherd's pie

"Sushi Done Right"

Restaurant: Arami
Stepping into Arami's simply decorated space, we figured we'd have a nice standard meal. We left giddy that we had found our new favorite sushi spot. Apparently they were saving the wow factor solely for the food. The fish is incredibly fresh, and immaculately prepared. Every nigiri and sashimi we had was fantastic; some other menu standouts include: Togarashi Seared Tuna, Miso Grilled Salmon, Mushroom Salad, and a wonderful Veggie Udon. Tip: Get some sake - the list is very approachable, and divided into categories, ranging from "clean and pure" to "rich and classic". You can't make a bad choice. But if you order the hot sake, that's it, we're no longer friends. Next time we go (and it will be soon) we will be making an "Omakase" reservation.



Togarashi Seared Tuna, Miso Grilled Salmon, Mushroom Salad, Veggie Udon, All Sushi!



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