Gallery: First Look: Nellcôte, Now Open in the West Loop

Taglioni, Champagne, Oysters, Crème Fraiche, Chives
Taglioni, Champagne, Oysters, Crème Fraiche, Chives

"Nellcote is all about the intersection of grit and glamour. This is one of the dishes that is definitely speaks to the luxury side. The noodles are rolled by hand, and then cut to order. And then look at the toppings. The pasta is paired with champagne creme fraiche, leeks, and oysters."

Radiatore, Duck Legs, Hen Of The Woods Mushrooms, Red Wine, Duck Cracklings
Radiatore, Duck Legs, Hen Of The Woods Mushrooms, Red Wine, Duck Cracklings

"I knew that the radiatore holds a meaty ragu well, so it seemed like a natural fit for the braised duck legs. We didn't want to make it too thick, with a whole lot of tomato. We just wanted to make a nice braise and knew that this pasta would help carry it."

Pizza with Mortadella, Pistachios, Shaved Red Onions, Ricotta
Pizza with Mortadella, Pistachios, Shaved Red Onions, Ricotta

"We've had a little practice with making mortadella at Old Town Social, so we're comfortable with that. The crust was the hardest part. Like when we tried to make a hot dog at Old Town, it sounds simple, but it took forever. The flour for the pizza is milled in-house, just like the pasta, but it took us literally thousands of doughs. I am pretty happy with where it is now."

The Side View
The Side View

The Neapolitan-style pizza features a raised cornicione with a complex hole structure. Though it is speckled with char marks, the end crust is actually on the lighter side.

The Pizza Upskirt
The Pizza Upskirt

The bottom also has a decent amount of coloration, though not quite as much as some I have seen lately (some would say that's a good thing).

Nellcôte
Nellcôte

The massive new West Loop restaurant is located right on Randolph. Though it had a soft opening of sorts yesterday, Nellcôte officially opens today.