'Bar Toma' on Serious Eats
No matter if you're more excited to see Mumford & Sons or a reunited Nine Inch Nails, this year's Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park also continues the fine tradition of bringing food vendors worth your attention. Here are the ten places I'm most looking forward to trying.
For awhile now, I've been on the lookout for new versions of the Italian beef. So when I saw the Tony Beef ($11) at Bar Toma, Tony Mantuano's pizza and wine bar off Michigan Avenue, I got excited.
Our College Tour series continues with Northwestern University. With a main campus in Evanston and a downtown campus in Streeterville, there are loads of options.
While mozzarella will always be pizza's main squeeze, one of the most appealing aspects of pizza is its versatility. A round of dough invites all kinds of unique flavor combos and topping experiments. Here are eight cheeses and topping suggestions that will make you rethink going straight for the mozz.
On a menu of stunners, what caught my eye at Tony Mantuano's Bar Toma was the Capriole Goat Cheese pizza—a combination of creamy Indiana-made goat cheese, toasted hazelnuts, melted leeks, fragrant thyme, jammy dates, and rich Acetaia San Giacomo balsamico.
Haven't made a reservation for Mother's Day brunch yet? Don't fear! We've tracked down some excellent options that either don't take them, or still have some openings (as of this exact moment). The picks are from all over town and specialize in different aspects of a good brunch, so you should be able to find the one that works best for your mom.
With a location steps from the Magnificent Mile and across the street from Water Tower, Chef Tony Mantuano's Bar Toma would be doing extraordinarily well based on his star power and the location, even if the restaurant served frozen dinners. Fortunately, Mantuano did not rest on his laurels, delivering some seriously delicious pizzas that should have locals fighting tourists for tables.
Put an Egg on It was born out of a very simple question: do all foods taste better with an egg on them? As far as savory courses are concerned, the answer seems to be almost a definite yes. (Very unscientific calculations were in the 99 percent range.) It doesn't matter if the egg is fried, poached, or cooked in a thousand dollar sous vide machine, that plump yolk—which should slowly erupt like molten lava—improves just about everything it touches.
Much has been made of the gelato from Tony Mantuano's recently-opened Bar Toma and for good reason. But don't let the rainbow of 14 flavors keep you from ordering a second dessert: the mamalucchi. These lemon curd-filled puffs have all the soft crunch of a properly-cooked zeppole, but the tang of citrus keeps it from tasting too doughy.
We may have only been around for a short time, but we've already managed to take a lot of pictures of food around Chicago. It's kind of intimidating sorting through so many shots, but here are our favorite from our short stint.
It was hard to keep track of every single restaurant opening of 2011. In fact, some of these places feel like such institutions, it's kind of amazing that they only opened this year. While there are undoubtedly restaurants that I unfairly left off the list, here are the ones that I couldn't wait to get back to.
From silky gourmet Valhrona cocoa to complex Mexican spices, there are more variations on hot chocolate in Chicago than you can shake a candy cane at. Here are some of our favorites.
Some of the best restaurants on the Magnificent Mile are either underground, way above ground, or slightly hidden behind storefronts. Search them out and you'll find food not only good enough to sustain you for more shopping, but also destination-worthy meals that are worth a detour.
Tony Mantuano's Bar Toma opens today in the Gold Coast. But don't let the "bar" in the title confuse you; this place is massive, feeling like every bar experience Mantuano loved in Italy jammed into one space. He did, after all, write a book on the subject. In fact, there are numerous different bars here, including an espresso bar, mozzarella bar, pizza bar, and a regular bar with cocktails and wine.