Italian Village Chicago reopens just in time for Restaurant Week

Italian staple will be following Chicago COVID guidelines

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Saturday, March 20, 2021
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Italian Village has been a fixture in the city for 93 years.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Just in time for Chicago Restaurant Week, a Chicago staple has reopened in the Loop.

Italian Village has been a fixture in the city for 93 years.

The family-owned cozy spot is one of 265 restaurants participating in Chicago's Restaurant Week.

Chef Jose Torres with the Italian Village joined ABC 7 Chicago Friday to talk about what's on the menu.

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Torres said customers can expect social distancing, masks and other COVID-19 protocols in place when they dine at Italian Village.

But he also said Restaurant Week will help local eateries bounce back after the pandemic.

Those in the restaurant industry are so appreciative of Chicago residents helping them through the last year, Torres said.

For more information on Chicago Restaurant Week, visit

WATCH: More details on Restaurant Week, Black Bean Puree recipe


- 1 15-oz can black beans, with juice

- 1 small Spanish onion, peeled and minced

- 2 cloves garlic

- 2 teaspoons chili powder

- 1 teaspoon cumin powder

- 1/4 cup sour cream

- 1/4 cup water

- Juice of 1/2 lime

- 1/2 teaspoon salt

In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients and bring to a simmer. Simmer onions are tender and the mixture is aromatic, about 15 minutes. Transfer to blender and puree. Serve at once to serve as as a flavorful sauce with seafood or poultry dishes, or chill thoroughly to serve as a dip.