A tip of the toque to both Munno Pizzeria & Bistro and Kie-Gol-Lanee on both restaurants maintaining their Michelin Bib Gourmand awards, which recognize local restaurants that offer "good quality and good value" to their communities.
The 2022 awards were announced on Tuesday, and just 55 Chicago restaurants made the cut.
Munno, located at 4656 N Clark, is a second-time winner. Michelin says, "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."
Kie-Gol-Lanee, located at 5004 N Sheridan, becomes a three-time winner with this week's announcement. Michelin says, "If you think you know what to order from this kitchen because you’ve been to Oaxaca, just wait a minute and listen to your fellow diners. They too have made the journey and their knowledge could probably draw a map of the city.
Located in the heart of Little Saigon, this quiet restaurant has been thriving thanks to a clientele who knows quality when they taste it. The likes of soft, just-steamed pork tamales with a delicately spiced green mole; or wide, crackly tlayudas piled high with chorizo are presented to your table with the utmost care. The focused menu may have a number of highlights but one favorite is the Cornish hen roasted until its skin is crisp as a chip and then smothered with a dark, faintly sweet mole made from a riot of layered spices."
Congratulations to both restaurants and the families that run them.
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