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Celeb couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic has teamed up with Lettuce Entertain You's Melman siblings (RJ, Jerrod and Molly Melman of Hub 51 and Studio Paris) to open a modern Italian restaurant in the old Ben Pao space in River North. The name stands for the initials of the Rancics, Melmans and chef Doug Psaltis. Though Psaltis is heading up the menu, Giuliana promises it will feature a few of her family recipes courtesy of her mother, aka Mama DiPandi. Starters include cold and hot antipasti as well as cicchetti, which are Venetian-style small bites. House-made pastas range from simple ricotta ravioli and truffled farfalle to indulgent spicy king crab spaghetti and duck agnolatti with figs and brussels sprouts. To drink, look to the massive wine list or Italian-inspired cocktail menu.