SAPORI TRATTORIA, Chicago, IL
Sapori Trattoria was founded in 2001 by Chef Anthony Barbanente. Although a Chicago native, Chef Anthony lived a significant part of his life in Southern Italy on his grandfather's farm. In Italy he learned the Italian way "l'ambiente Italiano"--how Italians lived and enjoyed life. He also had the great blessing of growing up in a restaurant family where his father was a chef.
Even though Sapori opened in May 2001, the restaurant did not flourish from the get go, but struggled and almost closed in 2003. Nevertheless, over time and with persistence and perseverance, and most of all with God's help, Sapori grew to be the neighborhood darling that it is now. Even though very successful today, the restaurant has remained committed to its founding principles. At the forefront are attention to detail, warm friendly service, quality ingredients, and the willingness to go the extra mile.