I know it's been covered here in a past Serious Eats Chicago review, but I can't emphasize enough the sheer goodness of a good old fashioned Czech/Bohemian dinner at the Riverside Family Restaurant in suburban Riverside, IL. After all these years, it's still cash only, and if you're near Brookfield Zoo with the family, then stop on in for some classic old world European dining.
For fans of Gino's East, the grandson of Gino's East late co-founder, Fred Bartoli, opened up Bartoli's Pizzeria a few months ago at 1955 W. Addison (Addison and Damen), and the deep dish pizza he is serving today is reminiscent of Gino's East circa early 1980's before the franchising and various corporate owners throughout the years. If you remember the glory days of Gino's East back in those days, then you will probably like this pizza (Yes, FredipusRex, I'm looking right at you). This is NOT the same recipe that Gino's East is using today. This version reminds me of the original Gino's East deep dish pizza based on the late Fred Bartoli's original version, which came from Fred's former head chef, Alice Mae Redmond (Redmond was hired away from Uno's). Fred's grandson has added his own personal touches, and his thin crust with sausage is pretty good, too. Enjoy!
For all you Lou Malnati's fans in Chicago, the suburbs, and everywhere else in America, there will be three (3) new Lou Malnati's in 2014 to enjoy a deep dish pizza with sausage and buttercrust:
1) Suburban Oak Park- 1038 Lake Street, opening in January 2014;
2) Chicago's West Loop- 1235 W. Randolph, opening in summer 2014; and
3) Chicago's Lincoln Square- 4344 N. Lincoln Ave., opening Fall 2014.
The home of the best pan pizza in the world will be reopening sometime in November, according to the man himself- Burt Katz. Hopefully, his November goal will hold true.
For all you Pizano's fans in Chicago, Rudy Malnati, Jr. just opened a new Pizano's Express in Lincoln Park at 2429 N. Lincoln Ave. It's carry out/delivery only until 5:00 AM, seven days a week.
Has any one ever tried Duke of Perth at 2913 N. Clark St., www.dukeofperth.com for a good old fashioned beer battered all you can eat fish fry every Wednesday and Friday ? This Lincoln Park Scottish pub has always been my favorite for a beer battered fish fry, not to mention the 75 kinds of Scotch available. Any thoughts ?
After a very nice conversation with Sharon Katz of Burt's Place, Sharon related that Burt's Place will be featured on the Channel 11 show "Check Please" sometime in December, possibly January ( more likely December ). I usually eat in at Burt's, but this time I carried out because of a family party at my place. We also carried out the exact same order from Pizano's. It was a truly great night of deep dish/pan pizza with friends and family.
Though it's not an authentic Italian dish, Chicken Vesuvio tastes like it could be. In actuality, it's a specialty of the Italian-American restaurants in my home town of Chicago, invented sometime in the 1930s and still going strong as a favorite around town. It's a rich, stewed dish with key elements of creamy potatoes, white wine, and plenty of garlic—as well as the final sprinkle of peas to give it color and freshness.