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Italian Village Restaurants Unveils Its First Private Wine Label

by Press Release
March 13, 2019

CHICAGO (March 13, 2019) — Italian Village Restaurants, Chicago’s oldest Italian dining destination and home to the largest wine cellar in the Midwest, is thrilled to debut its first private wine label, Castello di Monsanto, “Monrosso,” Chianti DOCG 2015.

For the first time in the restaurant’s 91-year history, Italian Village has partnered with Castello di Monsanto from Italy to create a private label bottle exclusive to the Italian Village brand. Selected as a wine partner for their pristine quality and incredible reputation across the globe, the Capitanini family worked with the Bianchi family, owner of Castello di Monsanto, to launch the label as an incredible milestone for both partners.

Italian Village Restaurants’ Beverage Director Jared Gelband worked closely with the family to develop a blend that is a beautiful melody of Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Merlot. With a light style and a delicate flavor on the palate, the wine embodies notes of red fruits, violets and an added bright acidity to complement the hearty Italian dishes at all Italian Village Restaurants including The Village, La Cantina and Vivere.

“The launch of our first-ever private wine label is a major milestone for Italian Village’s wine program and Italian Village Restaurants overall,” said Gelband. “Guests will be able to elevate their experience even more by pairing their favorite dishes with this unique and delicious blend or take home a bottle to enjoy. This wine is the embodiment of our restaurant’s historic roots and we are so proud to offer it to old and new customers.”

In addition to being known for authentic Italian cuisine, Italian Village houses an award-winning wine cellar, “The Cellar in the Sky”, with over 1,100 selections totaling over 30,000 bottles. The wine list spans the globe with a strong Italian focus, receiving awards from Wine Spectator for 30 consecutive years. A combination of culture, diversity and family, the wine list has evolved over the past 91 years and continues its legacy under Gelband’s expertise.

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About Italian Village Restaurants

Established in 1927, Italian Village is home of three restaurants – The Village, La Cantina and Vivere – each with its own chef, menu specialties and unique ambiance. As the oldest Italian restaurant in the city, Italian Village is a third-generation family business focused on traditional values and the highest standards of service. Also housed under the Italian Village roof is its world-renowned, award-winning wine cellar. Praised as one of the largest restaurant-based cellars in the Midwest, it features wines from all major regions in Italy and comprises over 1,100 selections for a total of 30,000 bottles. Whether the choice of restaurant, menu, or wine list, guests are never short on options.

The Village is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 12 am, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 1 am, and Sunday from 12 pm to 11 pm.

La Cantina is open for dinner, Tuesday through Thursday starting at 5 pm, and Friday and Saturday starting at 4:30 pm.

Vivere is open for lunch, Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 2 pm, and for dinner Monday through Saturday starting at 5 pm.

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