Fred’s at Barney’s-Gold Coast

The whole fam was in town for my gorgeous friend Alyssa’s wedding weekend! We had a blast. On Saturday, the girls (mom, Ariel, and I) had a lovely lunch at the top-floor restaurant of Barney’s. The outdoor seating and upscale decor made for a lovely meal. I had to go for the pizza […]

Eduardo’s Enoteca

I absolutely love it when new pizzerias open up… especially when they are in my favorite city… AND when they have rebranded themselves. Eduardo’s Enoteca is a wine bar that used to be a good ol’ Edwardos. I really enjoy Edwardos, and I’ve already written two  posts about them. But now that they completely changed their menu (but kept the carryout/delivery operation), the place looks brand new!

5 girlfriends and I arrived at the restaurant around 6:30, quite early for a Saturday night. We came ready to wine & dine and were satisfied with the options. In fact, there were too many good options to choose from.

  • We were given some of the fresh mozzarella crostini as a light starter to our meal. As much as I love mozzarella & tomatoes, I learned that I enjoy balsamic and/or olive oil as well. It needed a tad more flavor to make me fall in love.  Then again, the fresh mozzarella was superb. Continue reading Eduardo’s Enoteca

Bar Toma

On my first day back in Chicago (after a few weeks of travel), I was anxious to check out the new Bar Toma, a restaurant opened in place of Bistro 110. Tony Mantuano, a famous chef and owner of Spiaggia created the pizzeria-bar-mozzarella-gelato extravaganza and has has been receiving great reviews. Sara and I stopped in for lunch mid-week. The restaurant wasn’t too busy, and we decided to sit at the pizza bar where we could see all the action. Also, the Chef de Cucina, Erik Freeberg, was at the pizza bar to provide insight and cooking entertainment.

Power Pizza: spinach, garlic, mozzarella, pecorino Romano

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Lou Malnati’s

This one is for all of my friends who claim that Lou’s is the best pizza in Chicago. I love Lou’s and always have, but as I was growing up, I was always a bit peeved at my friends because they were OBSESSED… but I am an equal opportunity pizza lover. Anyway, a new Lou Malnati’s popped up in the Gold Coast next to the Cedar Hotel. You can imagine my excitement when I turned the corner from my apartment to see a ‘Coming Soon’ sign for Lou’s in my neighborhood. Lou Malnati’s officially opened July 4th, but Jon & I were invited to check it out a few days before as the staff was getting acclimated.

(-Loumalnatis.com)

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Pizza Executive Summit- Chicago!

There is a great event coming to town, and it’s made for Pizza owners, and top executives* in the pizza industry! I encourage all Chicago Pizzerias to attend this event from June 26-June 28!

Includes: Chairman • Owner/Partner • President/CEO• EVP/SVP/VP• CFO/CIO/COO/CMO• Managing Director

Leadership positions in all areas […]