Life is a Celebration at Trattoria Gianni



A few weeks ago , we were fortunate enough to be invited to the twenty fifth anniversary of Trattoria Gianni. The night turned into a real celebration as the Blackhawks came from behind to win the  Stanley Cup.  But for us, it was a night of great food , good music, and new friends.

Gianni Delisi is the reason that this place has stayed the test of time. The food is authentic and the restaurant has seen its share of famous people.  Maybe its location has something to do with the famous folk that show up . Trattoria is located right across from the world famous Steppenwolf Theatre.  Before the theatre opened its doors in 91,  celebs like Sophia Loren and “Ole Blue Eyes” himself stopped to dine and chat with Gianni.   The late great Ron Santos also used to hold his benefits for diabetes at the restaurant as well.  The thing that made our chat so pleasant was Gianni’s stories of performers  that are literally household names.  I was told that a frequent visitor is Piven standout , John Cusack. He will often just stop around for cappuccino . “He was supposed to come the night of the anniversary.” Gianni admitted.   Steppenwolf founder, Gary Sinise was also expected that night as well, but couldn’t make it since his band was playing at Ravinia. Another frequent diner is the very popular star of ABC’s Scandal,  Jeff Perry. He comes in every time he is in town.  My favorite story involved the charming television and stage actor , John Mahoney.  We got the chance to meet John at the Hugo Awards last year.  Gianni said that when John does a show at the theatre, he likes to thank both cast and crew by treating them to a dinner at Trattoria.  One time, he even brought in his two television sons , David Hyde Pierce and Kelsey Grammer.  Gianni looks forward to seeing another one of his “regulars” when William Peterson takes the stage in “Slow Girl” at Steppenwolf.   Superman fans will also be thrilled that Michael Shannon of “Man of Steel” has also dined at the popular bistro.

I have never been to a real Italian celebration , so I was pleasantly surprised at all the delicious food that was laid out.  Everything from calamari  to tomatoes and mozzarella filled the tables.  There was very fresh salmon and pasta.  The meal was topped off with the cake with the likeness of the restaurant on it .   The entertainment was provided by the very talented Enzo Incandale. He serenaded the crowd with traditional Italian music. Dancing was also part of the celebration as well.   Enzo’s daughter, Illiana had a great time . She is an accomplished musician in her own right , being the second runner up on “The Voice last year.

We left with a promise to return again soon. Gianni said he would let us know the next time one of his famous diners would be in the restaurant.  Who knows when that will be?

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These are some of the goodies that were present at the anniversary celebration! Mangia!

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What a beautiful cake! And it was also delicious.

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If these walls could talk…oh the stories they’d tell. Gianni took pleasure in telling those stories to us.  Here is also our friendly bar tender who kept the wine flowing that night.

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Enzo was so glad to give us a smile . He is very proud of his daughter, Illiana

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Everyone enjoyed dinner on the patio that night.

Hawks, Itaialn, Sail Away 038Robert W. Fioretti, Alderman of Chicago’s 2nd Ward presents Gianni Delisi with a Resolution honoring the restaurant’s 25 years of success.

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Here I am with our new friend, Gianni. To twenty five more years!

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About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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