Riccardo Enoteca

I was so happy to be surrounded by friends to celebrate my belated birthday in Chicago.

We dined at Riccardo Enoteca and enjoyed their small plates and pizzas. Although we were a large group, once they got into the swing of things, service was attentive. We drank plenty of wine and loved the bread on the table.We really enjoyed our meal, and the price was reasonable when split across a group of people.

The pizzas are thicker and remind me of a fancier version of Sweet Tomatoes focaccia bread pizza. The edges are charred against the pan, the crust is light and fluffy, and the toppings don’t weigh down the pizza in any way. This also reminded me of the pizza al taglio, pizza by the slice, in Italy. The crust is thick and flavorful, like bread, and the toppings are generous. Although I love sauce on my pizza, I think they chose to apply sparingly in order to preserve the stability of the crust. I was willing to make that compromise. 馃檪

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Roots Handmade Pizza

I was so happy to check out Roots Handmade Pizza in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. The restaurant/bar was aesthetically pleasing, and I can see this being a great local joint along with the long list of beers on tap. The garage door windows go up in the summertime and their booths have benches winding around to the next table.

Because it was Sunday, Roots had a mimosa special with four splits of Champagne and a pitcher of orange juice. They presented it in an adorable way and my friends and I were happy to indulge.

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National Pizza Week 2013 in Review

Happy Belated National Pizza Week!

Although I was in Temple, Texas for most of the week, I still had some opportunities to eat ZA.

AND my weeks go from Monday-Monday, so I’m including the Golden Globes Sunday as part of my week. Here’s my short feedback on the four pizzas eaten 馃檪

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BJ’s Brewery- Temple, Texas

Basil & Sausage Pizza

So I鈥檓 hanging in Temple, Texas for the next few months at my new client. The town has a ton of chain restaurants: Chilli鈥檚, IHOP, Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden, etc. BJ鈥檚 is a chain, and I had never been to one before. They have a menu that is almost as large as Cheesecake Factory, and they have a list of lunch specials. They have a full pizza menu, but we’ll save that for another day. Continue reading BJ’s Brewery- Temple, Texas

Nellc么te

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I was happy to check out this restaurant in Chicago for brunch! Nellc么te is one of the new hotspots that recently opened on Randolph Street. They have homemade flour for breads, pizzas, and pastas, and have been open since March. Brunch is a newer venture for them, and all of their main courses are considered ‘price fixe’, unless you order a handful of sides for a meal. Depending on what you order, the price fixe price could be a tad high at $18… but still nice not to choose food based on price. Continue reading Nellc么te