And Take It To Go
Combining dinner and a grocery run once meant raiding the hot bar at Whole Foods. Now, restaurants are opening retail markets right inside By Elizabeth G. Dunn
305 Bleecker St., New York supremaprovisions.com
This Greenwich Village wine bar serves a menu of pan-European dishes featuring impeccably sourced ingredients such as Ramón Peña sardines—“the world’s best,” says owner Joshua Wesson, and a favorite of Spain’s top chefs for their old-style preparation and silky texture. He serves them as an appetizer with gremolata (chopped lemon zest, garlic, and parsley) and Parmigiano-Reggiano in the restaurant ($10) and stocks them by the tin ($14.50).
Formento’s & Nonna’s
925 W. Randolph St., Chicago formentos.com
Formento’s, which opened this past January in the West Loop, is modeled after classic Italian joints of the 1950s: Think red leather banquettes, freeflowing martinis, and authentic Sunday gravy—red sauce simmered with roasted pork neck bones, pancetta, and sweet fennel sausage—served over house-made rigatonistyle pasta topped with fresh whipped ricotta and meatballs ($23). Or you can pick up a jar ($9.50) at Nonna’s, the adjoining sandwich shop named for owner John Ross’s grandmother.