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Trendsetters at Work: RPM Italian

Trendsetters, RPM Italian Jennifer Cooper, E!

If you love delicious Italian food (and if you have a pulse, then you probably do), this special edition of Trendsetters is for you.

RPM Italian is the celeb-adored, Chicago-based eatery co-owned by Giuliana and Bill Rancic, and we suggest the next time you find yourself in Chi-town, head straight over to RPM Italian for a piping hot plate of pasta pomodoro (Giuliana and Bill's favorite).

To get the scoop on what it's like behind the scenes of a buzzy hotspot like RPM, we caught up with the restaurant's associate partner, Kiran Pinto.

Keep reading to find out which celebs frequent the joint, expansion plans and more. And be sure to watch the videos below to get a special behind-the-scenes look at RPM Italian's famous dishes being made in the kitchen!

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Trendsetters, RPM Italian Jennifer Cooper, E!

Describe RPM's décor and ambiance. Who was the interior decorator?
We worked with Monolayer for a lot of the design, but we're pretty hands on and visual. The original sketch and the finished product rarely resemble one another.

How would you describe the exact type of cuisine served at RPM? 
RPM is modern Italian fare with a focus on finding the best ingredients. We spend a lot of time sourcing the best ingredients before we open our doors, so that we can spend our evening producing delicious, simple food in a lively, guest-focused environment.

RPM is a major celeb hangout. Who are some celebs who love to eat at RPM? 
We have had so many fun people come through our doors! Lady Gaga, First Lady Michele Obama, Harry Connick Jr.. My favorite night was when Andrew Shue and Mark-Paul Gosselaar were sitting at opposite ends of the restaurant. I don't usually get starstruck, but my inner-teeny bopper was dying!

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Trendsetters, RPM Italian Jennifer Cooper, E!

What are the best selling dishes?
Mama Depandi's Bucatini Pomodoro is super popular with the B&G fans, but the regulars always order Chef Psaltis' Wood Grilled Octopus.  

Best selling cocktail?
Again, the Belini takes the cake with name recognition, but the Sergio Leone is our most off-the-menu request. Bourbon, Amaretto and Lemon.

What do Giuliana and Bill typically order when they come in? Do they bring Duke?
Duke is a regular and quite the ladies' man! B&G are always trying the latest additions to the menu, but their go-to is the Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad, the Bucatini Pomodoro and a Porterhouse or Branzino. 

Trendsetters, RPM Italian Jennifer Cooper, E!

Describe the meaning behind the name "RPM." Was the naming a collaborative effort or one person's initial idea?
Rancic.  Psaltis.  Melman. We had been throwing around a lot of ideas for the name, but ultimately, I think RJ [Melman] came up with this one.  

Plans for expansion?
We're opening RPM Steak this summer and we could not be more excited!

PHOTOS: Giuliana & Bill: romance rewind