The 83-year-old Italian Village, Chicago’s oldest Italian restaurant, has been collecting wine all that time. Second-generation owner Ray Capitanini was a bon vivant of the first order and spent a lot of time buying up first growth Bordeaux and robust Italian reds in the seventies and eighties. Many of those bottles are still drinking well (1959 Chateau Lafite Rothschild anyone?) and at value prices considering you can barely find any of this stuff other than at the rare auction anymore.
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