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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Sapore Di Napoli

Jon and I had a nice date night at Southport & Belmont right next to the Flat Top Grill- Lakeview. Sapore di Napoli is an authentic Neopolitan pizzeria that is also BYOB. We set off for dinner at 8:30 on a Saturday night, and when we arrived, the place was packed. We waited 15 minutes to be seated at one of the ~12 two-top tables. The restaurant was bustling, and we came just in time… there were only 10 balls of dough available at the end of their night.

Apologies for the glare in the menu!

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I recently spent a nice meal with my some of the only Braude’s left in Chicagoland- Julia, Kevin, and Cheryl. The cousins (sans MSU rockstar, Josh) picked me up at the train station in Northbrook, IL, and we stopped over at Marcello’s, A Father & Son restaurant, for some family food.

Aunt Cheryl & Uncle Kev with our pizza

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I have driven past this pizzeria so many times, and now that Jon is living in the Southport Corridor, it was quickly added to my “Must Try” list. D’Agostino’s is located on Addison & Southport, a short walk from Wrigley Field (three other locations exist). The bar-restaurant gets pretty crowded on game days, but we arrived late at night, so I couldn’t judge the traffic volume.

We pre-ordered two medium thin-crust pizzas and they were ready shortly after we got there. Jon, Sal, and I devoured the two pizzas and were happy and full.

D'Agostino's Pizzas- Top Pizza=BBQ Chicken (Comes with red onion). Bottom Pizza=Pepper, Onion, Sausage

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Pizza Rustica


Pizza Rustica

On the first day of National Pizza Month, Jon & I made plans to have a casual romantic meal at a nearby pizzeria. Pizza Rustica is located at the Sheridan Red line stop, just north of Wrigley Field. This small BYOB restaurant with the grill, pizza oven, and tables all in plain view, was packed full.

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