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Taste of Italy: Smoked Mozzarella & Rapini Pizza


Smoked Mozzarella & Rapini Pizza


  • 1 bulb garlic, roasted
  • 1 small bunch of rapini (broccoli rabe), sautéed
  • Fresh smoked mozzarella, sliced
  • Fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Monini Olive oil
  • One Simply Roundy’s Organic Pizza Crust (frozen)

To roast garlic: preheat oven to 425F cut top off garlic bulb, place in tin foil and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap tin foil around garlic and bake until very soft. (about 40 mins). After roasting, cool then squish the roasted cloves into a bowl and add 2 tbs of olive oil for later use.

To prepare rapini (or broccoli rabe): remove leaves from stems and coarsely chop leaves. Trim stems and cut into 2” slices. In a large pot of boiling water, quickly boil rapini for 1 minute. Then place in an ice water bath to cool. This blanching step helps to remove some of the bitter taste & retain its color. Set aside for topping.

Remove pizza crust from packaging. Follow by loading on the following toppings. Start with a smear of roasted garlic and olive oil, then add sliced mozzarella and Parmigiano Reggiano. Add the sautéed rapini and crushed red pepper to taste. Bake for about 10-12 minutes depending on your oven. Cool, slice and enjoy!


Celebrate #NationalPastaDay

It’s National Pasta Day! Did you know there are over 600 known pasta shapes? That’s a lot of pasta! Enjoy a Taste of Italy with Simply Roundy’s Organic Pasta made with only the finest organic Italian durum wheat. Enjoy a perfect al dente bite with this recipe for Penne Rigate and Mariano’s Italian sausage.

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Penne Rigate with Italian Sausage & Rapini


  • one package of Simply Roundy’s Organic Penne Rigate
  • 1/2 lb. of Mariano’s Mariano’s Italian sausage (hot or mild)
  • 2 cups of Simply Roundy’s Organic Tomato & Basil pasta sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 bunch of rapini (broccolini), blanched
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • BrightFarms Fresh Basil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Shredded Parmesan
Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve one cup of pasta water. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the sausage and garlic in oil over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink. Add the rapini, pasta sauce and seasonings; heat through.
Drain pasta; toss with tomato mixture add in pasta water as needed. Sprinkle with cheese and fresh basil.
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Loyal to Local: Mariano’s Tastemaker Chrishon Lampley


Meet Mariano’s Tastemaker & Chicago Local, Chrishon Lampley!

Chrishon Lampley’s interest in culture, fine arts and wine, and upscale fashion was shaped by her experiences in working and living in Chicago, Germany, New York, and Las Vegas. As an entrepreneur, vintner, and wine enthusiast, Chrishon has had her pulse on many of the cultural and social trends in the market for the past 20 years. In December 2013, entrepreneur Chrishon Lampley transitioned from being the owner of a winebar and art gallery to the proprietor of the lifestyle brand and wine company – Love Cork Screw. During this time, Chrishon and her team introduced six varietals to the Chicago Metro Area and within a matter of months Love Cork Screw Wines was available in several locations. As a lifestyle brand, Love Cork Screw wine has a home in various fine dining establishments, bars, major chain stores and liquor stores in the Chicago metropolitan area. Additionally, Love Cork Screw has expanded its brand beyond wine to include Love Cork Screw Scented Candles available at Chicago retail stores.

As of 2016, LCS Entertainment, LLC is a licensed wholesaler and importer.

One of the biggest accomplishments for Chrishon Lampley and the Love Cork Screw brand is the philanthropic work that is also a part of the company’s mission. Since its inception, Love Cork Screw has committed to inspiring young women and men to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. Chrishon has spoken at several venues, including but not limited to Chicago Urban League Entrepreneur graduates, Macy’s, Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University, and has also made guest appearances on WGN, WVON, NPR Radio, Windy City Live and Check Please! She gives her time and resources greatly to nonprofit organizations and she is a member and supporter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,Inc


Find Love Cork Screw wines at your local Mariano’s & follow us on Facebook @marianosmarket for upcoming wine bar takeover events with Chrishon!

Visit her website: Love Cork Screw

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Loyal to Local: beelovebuzz


Honey is only the second-sweetest thing about Beelovebuzz. At their urban apiaries in Lawndale, beelove employs previously incarcerated people who might otherwise have difficulty finding work. Buying their honey and honey-infused skin-care products helps to support this mission.

Find beelove Chicagoland raw natural honey & all natural skin-care products at select Mariano’s locations. To learn more about beelove, visit

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Loyal to Local · Recipes

Loyal to Local: Old Havana Foods


What started in the kitchens of two Cuban families is now available inside Mariano’s. Inspired by the tastes and aromas of the Island, Old Havana Foods in Grayslake makes Cuban cuisine accessible for any Illinois kitchen.

Learn how to make Spanish Chicken and Rice with Old Havana Foods!


Spanish Chicken & Rice (Arroz con Pollo)


  • 1½ pounds Boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into large chunks (or 2 lbs. bone-   in,  skin on pieces, about 6 pieces total)
  • ½ teaspoon Black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Olive oil
  • 16 ounces Old Havana Foods Sofrito – Authentic Cuban Cooking Sauce
  • 8 ounces Small sweet peas (petit pois), drained, reserve peas and liquid
  • 1 ½ cups Chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons Lime juice from (about 1 large or 2 small limes)
  • 12 ounces Beer (a lager or pilsner is best, DO NOT use an IPA or dark beer) split into 8 oz. and 4 oz. (or substitute chicken broth.)
  • 1½ cups Long grain white rice (jasmine or basmati preferred)
  • Pinch Saffron (optional)

Optional Garnish:

  • 2 ounces           Roasted red pepper (pimento) strips
  • 6 to 8                 Asparagus stalks (freshly steamed or canned)


  1. Lightly season chicken with pepper. Heat a large stockpot over high heat until hot.  Add olive oil to pot and swirl to coat bottom. Add the chicken pieces, (skin side down if using bone-in.) Brown about 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally or turning whole pieces after 4 minutes.
  2. Add Old Havana Foods Sofrito – Authentic Cuban Cooking Sauce to pot, stir well to coat chicken with sofrito. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add 1½ cups chicken broth, 8 ounces beer (or additional chicken broth) lime juice, liquid from peas, rice (and saffron if using) to stockpot. Stir well to combine and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to lowest setting; cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  4. Turn off heat. Add remaining 4 ounces of beer (or chicken stock) and drained peas. Stir well to combine, cover and let stand 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. If large, cut bone-in chicken pieces in half. For a typical Cuban presentation, serve Arroz con Pollo topped with roasted red pepper strips and asparagus.

Serves 4 to 6.

Our Community

Stuff the Squad 2017: Chicago Suburbs


Mariano’s and thirteen community police departments are working together to reduce hunger in the Chicago suburbs with the sixth “Stuff the Squad” food drive and event. Happening Sunday, September 17th to Saturday, September 23rd, shoppers at select stores can purchase a pre-stuffed $5 or $10 grocery bag, that have been filled with non-perishable food items. These donated items will be delivered directly to their partner food pantry.

  • Arlington Heights
  • Palatine
  • Hoffman Estates
  • Harwood Heights
  • Elmhurst
  • Wheaton
  • Glenview East
  • Aurora
  • Northfield
  • Shorewood
  • Westchester
  • Westmont
  • Naperville

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Mariano’s celebrates Chicago Gourmet’s 10th Anniversary!

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Mariano’s is a proud sponsor of Chicago Gourmet! We are thrilled to celebrate the 10th anniversary celebration this year. Purchase a limited edition reusable bag for $2 at select Mariano’s locations. Catch us at the main event on September 23-24, 2017 at the Mariano’s Tasting Pavilion and wine tent. #MyMarianos

Chicago Gourmet, the nation’s premier culinary experience aimed at promoting Chicago’s world-class culinary community, returns to Millennium Park September 23-24, 2017. Celebrating its tenth anniversary year, organizers will also present eXtraordinary chefs – eXtraordinary places, a range of thrilling culinary events held in Chicago’s most iconic locales the week of September 18. Chicago Gourmet was created by the Illinois Restaurant Association to celebrate and honor both Chicago’s culinary achievements and the creative vision of the chefs, Master Sommeliers, and wine-, spirit-, and beer-makers who participate. It also spotlights Chicago as an international culinary destination via its unparalleled epicurean talent. Chicago Gourmet would not be possible without the support of title sponsor Bon Appétit magazine and presenting sponsor Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. For more information, please visit