Nellcôte

Nellcôte Via ChicagoMag.com

I was happy to check out this restaurant in Chicago for brunch! Nellcôte 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 Nellcôte

Socca

On one of my few trips to Chicago (sadness), Jon & I got together with a group of friends to eat at Socca. Socca is located right near the original Mia Francesca in Lakeview, right on the corner of the street. The dining area has many tables and a large space. Also, since they are on the corner of the street, both corner walls were mostly glass to see outside… major plus.

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My Love for Old Town Pizza Co

I am amazed at the supportive community in the pizza world! The more pizza events I attend, the more I learn about great people in the pizza business. Because pizza is a universal food, everyone can tell their own story about it…

At my first pizza event, the Pizza Executive Summit in Chicago, I met Brianna & Jonathan Cowan. They are a young couple running a take-out & delivery pizzeria in Orland Park, IL. Not only was their enthusiasm contagious, but their passion for business & growth helped me a see another side of the pizza world.

I was lucky enough to stop by their shop, Old Town Pizza Company, when I was working in Lemont, IL. It was truly a treat. Here are some things I learned… Continue reading My Love for Old Town Pizza Co

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

Flight 1551

I had the pleasure of visiting Chicago for a weekend, and made a pit stop at a new wine bar in old town. We ordered a flight of red wines that were unique and intriguing. I hadn’t eaten lunch, and Nishi wanted something to nibble on. So I ordered a sausage & pepperoni pizza while she ordered the monkey bread. Continue reading Flight 1551