Zia’s Social, Modern-day Italian Bar And Cafe, Opens In Norwood Park

NORWOOD PARK — A new Norwood Park restaurant is all set for enterprise right after pretty much 5 months of renovations. Zia’s Social, 6158 N. Northwest Freeway, fully opened Monday following a tender opening more than the weekend. The restaurant and bar — with substantial tops and booth tables, two […]

NORWOOD PARK — A new Norwood Park restaurant is all set for enterprise right after pretty much 5 months of renovations.

Zia’s Social, 6158 N. Northwest Freeway, fully opened Monday following a tender opening more than the weekend. The restaurant and bar — with substantial tops and booth tables, two stages for new music performances, a wood-fired pizza oven, a non-public celebration rental room and a lot of very low windows — is the most recent eatery from longtime cafe homeowners Joe and Mary Kay Calabrese, who took more than the former Iron Horse Ale Residence room in July.

The house owners a short while ago closed Zia’s Trattoria in Edison Park right after 25 years and rebranded it as Zia’s Social. They also utilized to very own Zia’s Lago Vista in Lakeview, which is becoming replaced by a 5-tale apartment constructing.

“We are all fired up and seeking ahead to” the opening, Joe Calabrese claimed Monday. “It’s been a grind the final few months — we closed two spots and went down to just one. … All of my men are relieved we can concentrate on this and with any luck , get our life back again.” 

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6158 Northwest Freeway, formerly the Iron Horse Ale Household and quickly-to-be new site for Zia’s Social, as found in Norwood Park on May well 25, 2021.

Joe Calabrese was the govt chef of Zia’s Trattoria but is passing the title to Scott Rice for the new restaurant. Joe Calabrese nevertheless owns the French bistro Café Touché in Edison Park.

Zia’s Social’s foods menu is a fashionable twist on typical Italian foods with a focus on bringing people today jointly immediately after a rough calendar year, the proprietors explained. The restaurant attributes sharable plates, large pizzas and classic Italian pasta and meat entrees. The bar functions an array of wines, cocktails, martinis and tequila and bourbon flights to share.

For now, the restaurant will only be open up for evening meal, but the owners hope to increase to brunch by mid-December. Lunch will be added in the spring, Joe Calabrese explained.

Initially from Norwood Park, Joe Calabrese beforehand instructed Block Club he’s thrilled to convey a foods-targeted joint to his house neighborhood.

“The neighborhood is completely ready for a restaurant,” he stated. “There truly has been very little but pubs and taverns in this neighborhood up till now. To deliver in a foodstuff-pushed area is our vision.” 

Co-operator Mary Kay Calabrese explained the cafe is like a mixture of the Lago Vista and the Trattoria restaurants, and she employed goods from the outdated dining establishments to enable adorn the new spot’s inside.

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Zia’s Trattoria at 6699 Northwest Highway in Edison Park on May possibly 25, 2021.

Joe Calabrese said it is satisfying to see the cafe on its toes just after significantly prep and construction function that took a minimal more time than expected owing to resources and value fluctuations.

The area will also have an outside patio and bar, but that will be outfitted next 12 months, he stated.

Zia’s Social will also have a live DJ 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Dwell music is scheduled for the indoor phase this weekend.

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