MAMA DELIA, a Restaurant, Sherry Bar, and Ultramarino, (neighborhood gourmet market) offers a fresh take on what is happening in Spain right now in the heart of Wicker Park.
Mama Delia reflects the journey of Campos, who also oversees the kitchens at sister restaurants Porto, Beatnik, Beatnik On The River and Café Bonhomme, as an adventurer and a chef, providing him with a playground of sorts to continue his culinary exploration. Mama Delia also reflects the current culinary direction in Spain of embracing cultural diversity while respecting its roots.
“We’ve continued to work with our purveyors in Spain — our friends, really — to ensure the products we use are the very best that each special corner of the country has to offer. Via our frequent trips to Spain each year, we have been able to experience first-hand all the culinary shifts this dynamic country has experienced and bring those innovations directly back to our guests, says Bonhomme Group Founder Daniel Alonso."
Inspired by the ‘colmados antiguos de barrio’ (old neighborhood grocery stores) of Spain, a Sherry Bar and Ultramarino welcome guests. An antique pharmacy (circa 1910) imported from Belgium — all original bookcases, glass cases and cabinets — finds new life inside Mama Delia displaying an abundance of rarely available small production wines and distinct gourmet goods from Spain. Further inside, Mama Delia’s elegantly appointed dining room — tailored with velvet, walnut and brass dining furniture, burgundy tweed banquettes, antique Persian Kirman rugs, and vintage brass and wrought iron chandeliers — provides a cozy ‘candlelit’ setting throughout. At the Chef Counter, a monumental 30-foot-long ornate marble bar begins, where up to 30 guests can gather for 100% acorn-fed jamón ibérico and a glass of fino en rama.
Outside on Division Street’s extra wide sidewalks, Mama Delia’s seasonal 60-seat patio features towering tropical plants providing a natural barrier between guests and street traffic. Wine barrels painted in the same rose hue of the façade have been repurposed as planters while also providing additional distancing measures. Overhead, string lights add to the romantic ambiance.
“I feel that one of our greatest strengths as a team and as auteurs is our ability to constantly learn from — and find inspiration in — multiple cultures,” says Alonso. “At Mama Delia, we combine these individual and collective pursuits with folkloric Spanish traditions and culinary conventions to create a distinct aesthetic approach.”
At Mama Delia music plays an integral role in the experience that we wish to create. We wear our inspiration on our sleeve – from design, to food, to our soundtrack. Mama Delia's equally reflects Spain’s progression in cuisine. “It pays homage to the country’s evolving musical tastes and styles through the decades, from the ’50s to the ’90s,” says Bonhomme Music Director Saam Hagshenas, “while still nodding respectfully to its classic roots in flamenco, bolero and pop with strong influences from its Mediterranean neighbors and kindred spirits across the Atlantic.”