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STREETERVILLE — The Ritz-Carlton Hotel’s restaurant and bar, deca, is offering a limited-edition menu item this month that befits the hotel’s ritzy reputation: the “Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese,” a $100 sandwich that features gold-plated 40-year-old cheddar.
The Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese sandwich, available at the restaurant at 160 E. Pearson St, is made with artisanal sourdough bread coated with Laudemio Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi extra-virgin olive oil, which retails for more than $30 a bottle.
Layered inside the sandwich is thinly-sliced black Iberco ham from free-roaming, acorn-fed pigs raised in the South of Spain. The meat is salted and air-dried for six weeks, then cured for a minimum of 12 months — usually closer to 18 months, said Eric Ciechna, a host at the restaurant.