In addition to its Devon Avenue location in Edgebrook, Al Primo Canto now boasts a downtown Brazilian steakhouse with an Italian a la carte flare.
This is Chicago's first "galeteria," inspired by cuisine from southern Brazil and featuring the signature dish, the "galeto al primo canto," which refers to the age of the chicken when it reaches the market.
Al Primo Canto slow roasts these small, young chickens in a brick-lined charcoal rotisserie imported from Brazil. The multi-course meal is served family-style and shared between all at the table. You start with cheese bread and roasted eggplant capannato and move to salad, pasta, galeto (chicken), lamb and beef. There's a $30 all-you-can-eat option that's worth considering.
Wash it all down with a freshly prepared Rio de Janeiro caipirinha, an exotic drink made with rum from Amazonian sugar cane and fresh ingredients.
Al Primo's desserts are a marriage of Brazilian and Italian roots, such as the abobora doce, roasted acorn squash seasoned with nutmeg and topped with cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce.
Average cost: $21-$30
Centerstage Reviewer: Jacob Wheeler