From burgers to Thai beef salads, vegetarian diner food to Roman-style pizza, the restaurant options around Wrigley Field are surprisingly diverse and plentiful. Here are just some of my favorites places to stop before or after a Cubs game.
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The veggie slice ($2.50) at Pizza Rustica in University City is really all about the vegetables. The super-thin, cracker-like crust is merely a vessel for a cast of veggies featuring fresh mushrooms, spinach, artichoke hearts, caramelized onions, sun dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and little blobs of sweetly roasted garlic. A bit of crème fraîche mixes in with the mozz, accounting for a base that's a little bit more creamy than cheesy, adding a lightness that matches its veggie-centric toppings.
The Pizza Rustica served during Maialino's happy hour is a creation born from leftovers. Nicholas Anderer, Executive Chef at Maialino, takes Pizza Bianca from Sullivan Street Bakery (a rosemary, olive oil, and sea salt-accented flatbread) leftover from the restaurant's bread service, and elevates it to heights we, frankly, didn't know existed.
A few weeks back we asked you to share your at home pizza making skills for a challenge we called Pizza at Your Place. This Weekend Cook and Tell challenge bore striking similarities to Slice's My Pie Monday so this week we're joining forces to bring you a very special round up of our favorite homemade pizzas. So without further ado, let's take a look some of the spectacular pizzas that have been coming out of your home kitchens.
Pizza Rustica dominates the Miami slice scene in South Beach with three outlet locations, all within walking distance of one another. Large, thin Sicilian-esque slabs are what populate their cases. The display of colors from all the toppings is enough to put you in a hypnotic pizza trance.
In traditional Italian American households, the Easter table is one of abundance, which is perhaps best embodied in the classic dish, Pizza Rustica or "Pizza Gain" a rich, savory pie laden with chopped meats (pepperoni, salami, prosciutto, sausage), cheeses and eggs. One sliver is enough to tide you over until next Easter.
Serious Eats Chicago contributor Daniel Zemans checks in with another piece of intel on the Windy City pizza scene. Daniel also blogs about Chicagoland pizza with his friends on the Chicago Pizza Club blog. --The Mgmt. Pizza Rustica 3913 N....