Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Munno & Kie-Gol-Lanee Earn Michelin Bib Gourmand Awards As "Delightful Little Restaurants"

The ratings are out, and two Uptown restaurants have earned prestigious Bib Gourmand designations, which go to "delightful little restaurants selected by MICHELIN guide inspectors for their very good value for money." 

58 restaurants in Chicago made the list, with Munno a first-time designee, and Kie-Gol-Lanee retaining its designation from 2019. Specifically, "Bib Gourmand restaurants offer a full menu of a starter, main course and dessert, making it possible to order two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for around $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included)."

Of  Munno Pizzeria & Bistro (4656 N. Clark), Michelin inspectors say,

"A laid-back neighborhood spot at heart, the interior here is unfussy, with wood paneling and exposed ceilings. And although the vibe is relaxed, the cooking is anything but, thanks to top ingredients and careful techniques.

The "Neapolitan-inspired" pizza may not be made in the traditional wood-burning oven, but those electric deck ovens still manage to turn out deliciously puffy and lightly charred crusts. They are a nod to Naples, but don't forget to sample the rotating selection of pastas, which hail from Sicily to Umbria (from whence the parpardelle alla Norcina with a sauce of cream and sausage originates).

The compact menu features pizzas and pastas as main attractions, but desserts too impress, as in the fior di latte sundae or classic tiramisu."

Munno is open Wednesday/Thursday 4pm-8:30pm and Friday/Saturday 4pm-9pm. It's currently doing pickup and delivery only, with the patio open during nice weather. According to Munno's website, COVID compliant indoor dining will resume on May 5th.

Kie-Gol-Lanee, located at 5004 N Sheridan, is receiving its second designation as a Bib Gourmand restaurant, and says on its Facebook page:

"Bring Oaxaca home is the take away from the Michelin guide's website to describe our cuisine and we couldn't be more grateful to be awarded the Michelin's Bib Gourmand 2021 for the second year in a row! 

Thank you to each one of our patrons, family and friends that have crossed our doors at 5004 N. Sheridan and supported our family restaurant. Each meal we have cooked and each drink we have made has been from the bottom of our heart. We hope to continue serving our Uptown neighborhood and return the love we have received from this wonderful community of loyal guests.

¡Gracias, gracias, gracias!"

Michelin's assessment of the restaurant is here, and this is Uptown Update's take on it from 2019.

Kie-Gol-Lanee is open 4pm-10pm Monday through Friday, and 10am-10pm on weekends. Its patio is in full swing, weather permitting.

We are so proud of our locally owned restaurants and those at Michelin who knew a good thing when they saw it, especially after a devastating year for the restaurant industry. Congratulations to both!

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