Arturo Aucaquizphi has spent his last 20 or years as executive chef at Chicago steakhouse stalwart Gene & Georgetti. The Ecuadorian native is now heading out on his own, taking over another Chicago classic, the Mirabell. In about three weeks, he said he's opening Mirabella Italian Cuisine inside the space at 3454 W. Addison St.
He'll focus on Italian food from the Tuscan region and serve a few different steaks which will differ from Gene & Georgetti. Expect to find gluten-free pastas and his new signature dish: Chicken Mirabella—half a chicken roasted with pickled sweet peppers and pepperoncini. Aucaquizphi arrived in America in 1992, and his desire to open his own restaurant has grown with age.