Intro Restaurant Goes Asian-Italian With New Chef Osaka

Intro Restaurant Goes Asian-Italian With New Chef Osaka

DNAInfo Chicago |
Nov 1, 2016

LINCOLN PARK — Intro, Lettuce Entertain You’s rotating-chef theme restaurant, follows the course of Marco Polo with its latest incarnation starting Wednesday.

Executive Chef Stephen Gillanders is bringing in chef Hisanobu Osaka to create what’s being described as “a casual, Japanese-style trattoria” at the restaurant, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West.

 Chef Hisanobu Osaka has been charged with turning Intro into

Osaka, who has worked under “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto, has previously worked with Gillanders on menu development at the Lettuce Entertain Your outlets Intro, Naoki Sushi and Wow Bao, but he’ll be running the show at Intro for the next few months into February.

Osaka is known for mixing Asian ingredients with Italian dishes, as in his uni carbonara, which subs in sea urchin with the traditional pasta dish.

The menu starting Wednesday is expected to include endamame olives and tuna pizza, made with tuna sashimi, as appetizers and, in addition to uni carbonara, a braised lamb shank made with creamy polenta and sansho hot sauce as main courses. Zuzu doughnuts are a dessert, and the cocktail menu will span Italy and Japan as well, as with odori, made with Nokka Japanese whisky, Campari and Carpano Antica.

The previous rotating chef to run Intro was Jonah Reider, known as the “dorm-room chef” for starting the New York City restaurant Pith out of his Columbia University dormitory.

Intro is open Sundays from 5:30-9 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays 5:30-9:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 5:30-10 p.m.

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