Saturday, April 23, 2016

Gioco Announces New Executive Chef and New Menu

Gioco announces new Executive Chef, Jim Kilberg and his new menu. Chef Kilberg is back at Gioco, where he spent three years as a Sous Chef before traveling back to Italy to immerse himself in Italian culture and cuisine and returned to Chicago as Gioco’s Chef de Cuisine and later as Executive Chef.

Menu highlights include:

  • Grilled Baby Octopus
  • Braised Duck with House Made Pappardelle 
  • Wood-Fire Grilled Veal Chop
  • Whole Roasted Branzino with Tomato, Olive and Caper
  • Linguini with Clams, Shrimp and Calamari

Chicago restaurateurs Jerry Kleiner and Howard Davis opened Gioco in 1999 and pioneered the retail development in the South Loop and inspired future restaurant groups and Chicago's culinary scene. Kleiner and Davis opened Vivo, Marche and Red Light on West Randolph before today's popular Restaurant Row in the West Loop, where Kleiner had a knack for creating the next hot spot.

“We are delighted to have Chef Kilberg back at Gioco,” says Howard Davis, Owner. “Chef Kilberg’s love for Italian cuisine and culture provides our guests with one of the best authentic Italian dining experiences in Chicago set in a warm rustic space in an historic building in the South Loop.”

For reservations to taste the new menu, call 312.939.3870.

About Gioco
Gioco pioneered the retail development of the South Loop when it opened in September of 1999. The restaurant has been a mainstay in the South Loop neighborhood as other restaurants and stores have opened up over the years. Gioco is located at 1312 S. Wabash in an historic building built in 1890 and is one of the few remaining buildings in Chicago from that era. The Gioco space features the original old brick and plaster walls, an old wooden walk-in cooler and a walk-in safe built into the wall, used by the Chicago gangsters for one of the gambling and/or brothel houses that dominated the area in the early 1900s. Gioco Restaurant was designed to retain these old world elements and to feature them in a modernized space. For more information, visit

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