FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 23, 2012 – Glen Ellyn, IL
Wine meets Pizza in Artisan Themed Family Restaurant in Downtown Glen Ellyn, IL
May 9th marked the date Glen Ellyn became home to a Contemporary American restaurant with an eclectic, urban feel. Flour + wine pairs handcrafted wood-fired pizzas, fresh pastas and small plates with a global wine selection in a comfortable yet charmingly eclectic ambiance. “Dining is more about the intellectual moment to share with the people you dine with than trying to figure out what the chef did with that little piece of salmon or lobster,” says Co-owner Michael Vai.
Longtime restaurateur Michael Vai and seasoned local Chef Brian Goewey are a match made in food heaven. Chef Brian sources flour + wine’s food locally and prepares it daily, nothing is over prepared in his kitchen, everything is made-to-order. Where Chef Brian masters the kitchen, Michael and son Anthony Vai master a smooth experience for diners from the moment they arrive at flour + wine until the moment they depart, ensuring attentive, fun staff and great drinks in a relaxed, artisan themed atmosphere.
Flour + wine introduces a fresh perspective to the dining experience. Their collective intention: To focus the experience on conversation and the enjoyment of being in the moment of having fresh, great food with wonderful people.
There is nothing conventional about flour + wine, from the eclectic atmosphere to the menu. Take for example the Burrata Pie wood-fired pizza, topped with burrata cheese, tomato sauce, caramelized onions, pistachios and pesto. Flour + wine has completely revamped and re-purposed what was known as “the pizza.”
They also serve up small plates like the Shrimp & Crab Fritters alongside organic vegetables or the Seared Medallions of Beef served with roasted shallots and garlic, drizzled with a balsamic glaze. Accents like the Zucchini Fries or the Bruschetta served with vine-ripened baby heirloom tomatoes adds to the colorful, fresh blend of culinary options at flour + wine. Add to that an impressive collection of Gluten-free options including pizzas and pastas and it becomes clear that flour + wine truly caters to all.
The feel of the restaurant is best expressed as a sophisticated casual vibe where ‘modern meets rustic,’ ‘pizza meets wine,’ and ‘artisan cheese meets signature cocktails.’ The charm of flour + wine is as inviting to families looking for handcrafted pizza as it is to couples looking to share a bottle of Diseno Old Vine Malbec or a Bere Super Tuscan. Red brick throughout the bar and dining area serves as the canvas for uniquely framed photos expressing the personality of flour + wine. A wooden trellis surrounding tables on the main dining floor creates a comfortable space for sharing conversation. A large black chalkboard in the lounge is inked with daily specials and hand-painted graffiti art. Tall ceilings and high top tables near the windows, along with accents of copper, amber, cream and blue throughout, add a distinctively modern feel. The eclectic mix of design elements impart an alluring sense of warmth and rustic coziness. This cozy charm is accentuated by the choice of natural hickory wood table tops and comfy cushioned booths.
flour + wine is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 4pm-11pm, Fridays 4pm-12am, Saturdays 3pm-12am & Sundays 3pm-9pm.