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’Nduja torchio and octopus at Eden


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By Ariel Cheung

Photo Courtesy of Eden


Start spreading the news—peppery, porky ’nduja is brightening up dishes around Chicago. Here, five places where it’ll spice up your life.

Cold Storage
The seafood counterpart to Swift & Sons offers up a bevy of small plates, and among its selection of veggies is roasted cauliflower tossed in ’nduja with mint and pine nuts. $9, 1000 W. Fulton Market

At this verdant West Loop spot, curls of torchio pasta are tossed in an ’nduja-emulsified butter before they’re mixed with baby octopus, Swiss chard and shelling beans, and finished with a smear of ’nduja in a warm, comforting bowl of goodness. $18, 1748 W. Lake St.

The Purple Pig
Known for his inventive use of pork at his decade-old Magnificent Mile restaurant, James Beard Award-winning chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. pairs blade steak with housemade ’nduja and honey, which prove to be the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. $18, 500 N. Michigan Ave.

An excellent appetizer can be found on the second floor of The Langham, where Travelle chef Jeff Vucko’s menu starts off with toasty-warm asiago bread that can be spread with whipped ’nduja butter and local honey. $6, 330 N. Wabash Ave.

RPM Italian
Fired up in this River North standard bearer’s wood-fired oven is a seasonal pizzette topped with Tempesta Market ’nduja, soft taleggio cheese, almond and arugula. $10, 52 W. Illinois St.