Start weekend days in tasty, engaging style with brunch at Angelo’s Wine Bar in Albany Park

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After a long work week and late night out, nothing is more satisfying than a relaxed, engaging brunch at Angelo’s Wine Bar (3026 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-539-0111). It is the perfect place to unwind from the weekend with friends and family enjoying delicious, Instagram-able dishes.

Featuring a satisfying collection of breakfast and lunch dishes from sweet to savory, the expansive menu is guaranteed to please all tastes and cravings. Warm up your appetites with some shared plates. Per La Tavola dishes, meaning “for the table,” are intended to give tablemates a gratifying taste of a dish, but these dishes also work well as one person’s meal. Shared plates include Mozzarella Fritta ($10) with truffle honey and pistachio; brioche bread French Toast ($13) with lemon, blueberry and maple; and Avocado Toast ($11) avocado, shrimp, jalapeño, orange supremes, rosemary olive oil bread, and cilantro.

For those who cannot start the day without eggs, Angelo’s has a variety of egg-cellent dishes that even non-egg lovers will drool over. Get some comfort from the Southern Eggs Benedict ($14) with 30-minute sous vide eggs, fried chicken thigh, buttermilk biscuit and saffron hollandaise or the Chilaquiles ($10), a nachos-for-breakfast-like dish with a corn tortillas base piled high with pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, Chihuahua cheese and topped with sunny side up eggs. Other dishes include Angelo's Omelette ($10), a three-egg omelet with spinach, tomato, zucchini red onion, chevre cheese; Steak & Eggs & Fries ($15) featuring flat-iron steak, sunny side up eggs and fries with saffron hollandaise; Whipple Skillet ($12), 30-minute sous vide eggs, creamed spinach and poblano pepper. Beef up any meal with side orders of Brioche Toast ($2), Two Buttermilk Biscuits ($5), Egg ($2), Side Salad ($5), Hash Browns ($5), Fries ($5), Avocado ($3), Bacon ($4) or Sausage ($4).   

The second half of the menu features dishes more commonly associated with lunch—salads, sandwiches, pizza and pasta. While salads often get over shadowed, they are anything but ordinary at Angelo’s. Choose from Roasted Portobello ($12) with tomato confit, red onion, gorgonzola, toasted almonds and balsamic vinaigrette over arugula; Burrata Caprese ($11), smoked cherry tomato accompanying burrata mozzarella, balsamic glaze, pesto, basil and garlic; Cobb ($14) with chicken, bacon, avocado, tomato, egg, gorgonzola cheese in a prosecco vinaigrette and garnished with chives; and Spinach Caesar ($10) with tomato, red onion, croutons, Parmesan cheese, bacon and Caesar dressing over fresh spinach.

Sandwiches include Marinated Grilled Chicken Thigh ($13) with bacon bourbon jam, avocado, arugula, tomato and aioli on roasted garlic focaccia bread; Mortadella ($14), a simple sandwich with fontina cheese, sweet salsa and teleca; Meatball Sandwich ($13) with mozzarella cheese, divola and basil on a baguette; Duck Duck Moo ($16), a Slagel Family Farm beef patty, duck bacon, duck egg and white cheddar cheese on a brioche bun; Ahi Tuna BLT ($13) with bacon, tomato, arugula, avocado and aioli on a toasted ciabatta; and the Hangover Burger ($16), a Slagel Family Farm beef patty piled high with American cheese, guacamole, tortilla strips, habanero sauce and topped with a sunny side up egg on a brioche bun. This hearty sandwich is a delicious cure to the next day hangover.

When it comes to pasta for brunch, Chef Julia Helton adds her special touch of deliciousness. Offering three options, each dish is carefully thought out. Try the Gnocchi ($13) house ricotta potato, vodka pomodoro, basil, ricotta; Bucatini all’Ubriaco ($12) in a red wine Bolognese sauce; or for something straightforward, the Spaghetti e Polpette ($13) with spaghetti and meatballs in marinara sauce.

Since its inception in the 1960s, Angelo’s was known for delivering quality pizzas to loyal customers in Albany Park. Although its looks and concept have evolved over the years, the restaurant’s commitment to serving top notch pizza has not. The wide selection includes Classic Angelo’s favorites like the Manzo Italiano ($14) and The Angelo’s ($14) as well as new crowd pleasers such as the Gamberetto ($16) with shrimp, roasted garlic cream, caramelized onion, Italian herb and fresh mozzarella; Wild Mushroom ($16), roasted garlic cream sauce, goat cheese, mozzarella and four kinds of mushrooms; Fig & Prosciutto ($15) with garlic confit oil, chevrè, prosciutto, fig, mozzarella, arugula, parmesan and balsamic; and Salsiccia ($14) with Italian sausage, basil, fresh mozzarella, San Marzano tomato and Italian herb. For those who can’t decide between breakfast or lunch, get the best of both worlds with the Breakfast Pizza ($13), a garlic cream sauce based pizza loaded with sausage, bacon, fresh mozzarella and topped with an oven poached egg. Gluten free dough is available for an additional $2.

Grab a seat on Angelo’s outside patio to enjoy the warm days, sit indoors for TVs and AC or sleep in on the weekends and have brunch delivered. View the full in-house menu here and the full To Go menu here. To make a reservation or place an order, call 773-539-0111 or visit Angelo’s website. Note that brunch delivery is only available during restaurant brunch hours, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Angelo’s Wine Bar also features an expertly selected wine list, in-house barrel-aged vermouth, classic cocktails and an ample selection of craft beers to perfectly accompany your brunch.

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About Angelo’s Wine Bar

A long-time neighborhood staple, Angelo’s Wine Bar (3026 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-539-0111) was originally a simple Italian pizzeria founded by Jimmy Angelo in the 1960s. The business was sold to Manny Fakhoury in 1983 who turned it over to his brother in 1999 before his nephew, Ramez Fakhoury started helping in 2004. In 2015, Fakhoury completely reconfigured the take-out restaurant by purchasing the adjacent storefront to expand Angelo’s and transforming the space into a sophisticated sit-down restaurant. The restaurant’s facelift extended to its menu as well. In addition to its famous pizzas, the menu features Neapolitan style pasta, brunch, elegant shared plates, a robust wine selection, house-made vermouth and elegant cocktails. Additionally, live jazz is performed in the restaurant Wednesday and Saturday nights.                                                                                          

In June 2017, Fakhoury added a spacious, stylish new outdoor patio, the first on the West Montrose side of the Chicago River’s north branch.                                       

Visit the Angelo’s website at www.angeloswinebar.com and like Angelo’s Wine Bar on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/angeloswinebar

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