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Edgewater Eatery Earns Coveted ‘Best New Restaurant’ Award

Paolillo-Patel Photo By Jeff Marini

Becoming a leading voice in the art of Indian food, Mango Pickle chef and partner Marisa Paolillo-Patel has dived into her first restaurant gaining everyone’s attention. First earning herself a top Michelin designation award late in 2017, now it has been announced she listed at #8 in the coveted Chicago Magazine ‘Best New Restaurants’ for 2018.

When Paolillo-Patel opened the restaurant at 5842 N. Broadway in the Fall of 2016, she was ready to get busy in the kitchen and experiment with the flavors she experienced while assisting other chefs for nine years in Bombay. She has turned that passion into an evolving menu that never seems to lose a sense for new ideas.

Her innovation and pursuit of Indian cuisine perfection is so big that it seems as though it cannot fit into the space that houses the restaurant. Chicago Magazine’s  food editors say that Mango Pickle’s Paolillo-Patel, “burns through ideas so quickly that a seasonal menu doesn’t seem adequate. While you’re proclaiming your love for her fork-tender pork shoulder vindaloo with tapioca pappadams or her chicken tikka wings flavored with Kashmiri chilies, Paolillo is already plotting her next project.”

Mango Pickle is among only two Northside restaurants that made the Chicago Magazine list which consisted of 15 entries this year. Irving Park’s Raisu was at #15. The magazine’s writers noted that this year’s entries were mostly neighborhood -focused eateries with ‘audacious’ cuisine that you once only found in posh prix fixe restaurants.

Chicago Magazine expanded on why Mango Pickle made the list saying “By freeing herself from the burden of rigid authenticity in her cooking, Paolillo has created an exuberant homage to Indian food, one that allows her to push it to flavorful, fertile new ground.”


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