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Chefs Make Pizza Cameos

Just because a chef doesn’t operate a pizza restaurant and toss dough every day should not bar them from making their own pizza. This is a free country, after all. The opportunity for chefs to design their own pizza is a sacred right. Celebrating that right are Roots Handmade Pizza and The Grid, (Wood-fired pizza oven at The […]

The Art of Pizza at Floriole: Chicago

You know those killer pizzas Floriole Cafe & Bakery serves on Friday and Saturday evenings? Well now you get to make your own, and regardless of your pizza skills, it will taste delicious because it’s all for a good cause. On September 19, Floriole rolls out an Art of Pizza event benefitting Gilda’s Club Chicago. SEE FULL STORY […]

With the crossover appeal of ABC’s hit series “Nashville,” popularity of Taylor Swift and even LL Cool J’s controversial duet with Southern star Brad Paisley, country music is hotter than ever. No wonder Bub Cityjumped on the twangy trend when it opened late last year. Rich Melman’s spawn (R.J., Jerrod, Molly) reignited the 1990s Lettuce Entertain […]

Floriole Cafe & Bakery Debuts Pizza Nights

FlorioleFloriole Cafe & Bakery Debuts Pizza Nights Cafe & Bakery Debuts Pizza Nights   Just when you thought Floriole Cafe & Bakery couldn’t get any better, they begin making pizza and take one step closer to usurping my life. That’s right, the city’s best spot for croissants, tarts, brownies, and so much more is taking on pizza, […]

Friday food porn: Do it Naples-style!

Pizza Napoletano putanesca at Alimentaria Osteria in the West Loop, a wood-fired oven-baked, Neapolitan-style crust, brushed with tomato sauce and topped with capers, black olives, fresh basil and anchovies, $9.

It’s National Pizza Month! Enjoy some Chicago style

In October, National Pizza Month, it seems fitting to take a look at the origins of the hometown specialty. The pizza nationally known as Chicago-style began when Ike Sewell, a World War II veteran who’d served in Italy, opened Pizzeria Uno with Ric Riccardo of the legendary Riccardo’s in River North in 1943. An authentic, […]

Go behind-the-scenes at Chicago restaurants

Get a look behind the scenes at some of Chicago’s most distinctive restaurants Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s second-annual Open House Chicago, when over 150 city buildings will open some not-regularly-seen spaces to the public. Among the buildings open: Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in River North. The landmark […]

Six spots for chicken in September

September is National Chicken Month. Check out these birds: Rustic House in Lincoln Park roasts free-range organic chickens with rosemary, thyme and garlic and offers them to go with sides such as roasted garlic mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, 3-cheese potato gratin, brussel sprouts with pancetta and thyme and sauteed spinach with garlic. The take-out spread […]

More tomato feasts in Chicagoland

We’re crazy for tomatoes this month! Here are a few more tempting tomato dishes on offer, as local restaurants use the fresh harvest in everything from BLTs to pizzas. Agio Italian Bistro in Palatine offers a variety of dishes featuring locally grown tomatoes hand-selected by owner Joe Barrutia at the Palatine Farmers’ Market in Palatine. […]

Birthday beer bash aids Chicago charities

Everyone’s invited to help Tim Sarrantonio celebrate his 30th birthday. The party takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Goose Island Brewpub in Wrigleyville. Sarrantonio’s bash, modestly termed “The TimTacular,” will feature Goose Island beer, an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet, a tasting of Frontera Grill Chef Rick Bayless’s Goose Island collaboration beer […]