Wild Earth Cucina Italiana
With a classy yet comfortable atmosphere, Wild Earth offers authentic Italian classics and unique variations on old recipes using local and seasonal products.
Wild Earth Cucina Italiana, located in Potawatomi Bingo Casino, will have its grand opening in early September. As an invited guest last night, TCD was graciously able to sample some of the food that will be featured at the soon to be open restaurant.
The layout is classy yet comfortable, with an open kitchen and private party room for 12. With its orange hues, intimate tables, Italian artwork and light beige stonework, the atmosphere is inviting.
The sampling of food Wednesday evening showed the thought behind the menu’s creation. Items such as Lamb Ragu gently nestled into a delicate puff pastry and wine braised mussels in the half shell topped with a refreshing cucumber salad were wonderful ways to begin any meal. The roasted tomato basil prosciutto and mozzarella flatbread paired with Italian Sausage Sliders on Italian bread (made on site), would be wonderful items to share in the restaurant’s accommodating bar area.
The larger dishes shined just as brightly. The Rosemary Garlic Crusted Beef Loin was flavorful and cooked to perfection, without allowing the rosemary to take over the dish, while the penne pasta, marinara and meatballs had authentic flavors one would come to expect from Italian comfort food.
Chef Audrey Vandenburgh utilizes premium local and seasonal products whenever possible. Her menu offers a wide selection of authentic Italian classics originating from Piedmont to Sicily. She also offers unique variations on Italian-inspired recipes like the Laughing Bird® Shrimp and Pancetta Flatbread.
The full bar features 40 bottles of fine Italian wine from every region of Italy, and also includes house-made beverages such as limoncello and Italian sodas in a variety of flavors.