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.
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I was so happy to see my long lost friends Audrey & Anna. Since I travel so much, it is hard to get in touch with people every weekend I’m in Chicago. I was so happy that the girls were up for some pizza and drinks, so we met at Pizzeria da Nella Cucina Napoletana, about ¼ mile from the Fullerton red line stop. Continue reading Pizzeria Da Nella
I was so happy to spend some time in Chicago after Labor Day weekend. A handful of girlfriends got together for an early meal at Balena, a place I have been wanting to check out for a while. The restaurant itself is beautiful, with high ceilings and a warm & rustic feeling.
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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 been meaning to try this place for a long long time… Sono Wood Fired is located at the North/Clybourn Red Line stop, and right across the street from the gorgeous new apple store in Lincoln Park. It is owned by the same owner of Urban Burger Bar, and they recently finished up a Groupon promotion. Just as the name suggests, Sono wood fired makes wood-fired italian pizza with clever topping combinations and intriguing appetizers.
Jon & I arrived here right in the middle of a rainstorm, and we vowed to drink & eat our way through the rain in order to avoid any further suffering We each ordered our own flight of wine because the Thursday special has a white or red flight for $10! Hard to resist, I know.
My Flight of White- Jon ordered a flight of reds
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