Prasino (pronounced Pra-see-no) means green in Greek. This Wicker Park restaurant opened in August of 2012 and has become a neighborhood favorite, as well as an attraction for foodies from around the city.
They focus on using organic, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. The menu is very diverse and includes everything from sushi rolls to flatbreads, and is a combination of small and large plates.
The patio is a huge draw; Division Street is known for its wide sidewalks and all the restaurants take advantage of that – Prasino is no exception. The beautiful patio runs the length of the restaurant is on nice days there is typically a wait to be seated. They have a combination of tables and some nice couches, which are a fantastic spot to sit and relax if you are just having drinks or appetizers.
I live in the neighborhood and have had the pleasure of dining at Prasino at least two dozen times. I’ve never had anything that disappointed me, so I’ll talk about a few of my favorites in this post.
The have a small selection of maki rolls, my favorite of which is the Polar Bear. It combines super white tuna with crab and avocado. It’s a nice combination of flavors in a unique roll.
According to our waiter, the Lobster Stuffed Avocado is one of their signature dishes. It is very creamy but not too rich. It goes very nicely with many of their white wine options.
They have five taco options, including the unique combination scallop and pork belly (I have actually not tried this one). I love the fish tacos; they have good flavor and come with a slightly spicy salsa. I actually prefer them without the salsa so I can more of the flavors of the other ingredients.
The four different flatbread options that are all very good. My favorite is The Farm which is topped with a blend of soft cheeses and truffle honey. It is a little bit rich but a nice mix of flavors and goes well with any of their salad options, and is also nice with the French Chardonnay they serve by the glass.
Sunday brunch is another big draw at Prasino! The menu is unique with several very decadent choices including the Lobster Omelette with Hollandaise.
The wine list is very extensive, both by the glass and the bottle, including some unusual selections that are hard to come by on restaurant menus. My favorite is the ZD Chardonnay, which is a very traditional oakey, buttery California Chardonnay. According to the staff they are the only restaurant in Chicago to serve this Chardonnay by the glass.
They also have a good selection of specialty cocktails, including some unique mimosas that vary seasonally; and a nice craft beer selection. They make their own soda which is fizzy and flavorful. I had them add vodka to the strawberry lemonade which made a great afternoon cocktail!
It is definitely worth a trip to the west side of the city to check out Prasino!