Flour & Stone

I LOVE getting together for pizza with the cousins. They are my Barnabys and Superdawg links to my childhood as well, but itโ€™s great when we can meet up to try a new restaurant together! Jon & I were both in town, so it was a large gathering at the streeterville fast-casual joint Flour & Stone. Continue reading Flour & Stone

Francesca’s Forno

(Photo from miafrancesca.com)

When I was last in Chicago, a bunch of us found ourselves at Francesca’s Forno in Wicker Park for dinner during the final blackhawks winning game. We left a foodless bar to eat some grub and were thankful to see the game being shown on the TVs. We had the bruschetta of the day and also a roasted corn dish to start. Both scrumptious. Continue reading Francesca’s Forno

Siena Tavern- Chicago

One of the hottest restaurants in River North is the new Siena Tavern. My girlfriends and I were able to snag a seat on the early side and were excited to see what the hype was about. Continue reading Siena Tavern- Chicago

Bar Umbriago

On one of my crazy short visits to Chicago, I met up with Corey & Sara in River North. We stumbled upon Bar Umbriago, which apparently is closing soon! The restaurant was busy, but we were immediately seated at a high-top table near the entrance. We shared a pizza and roasted peppers along with some Vino. The cold peppers were full of flavor and adorned with fresh garlic & oil. Sara and I put some of the peppers on our pizza as well.

We ordered a simple margherita pizza. Although it doesn’t have to be fancy, I expected more since they described the cheese as buffala mozzarella. Normally you would see dollops of fresh cheese, that was not the case. There was enough sauce, but the crust was quite bland. Either way, the ambiance was hip and inviting. Although the restaurant is going out of business, I’m sure another hot spot will open up here shortly. Continue reading Bar Umbriago

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Figure 1- Veggies all over this ZA Continue reading Riccardo Enoteca