Double Date Night at Spacca Napoli

Tell me something: What took me so long to try Spacca Napoli? I don’t think I’ll ever know, but let me tell you why YOU need to go (if you haven’t already; if you have, spread the word!).

I heard this was Mayor Rahm Emanuel‘s favorite pizza in the city, and I can definitely see why. This Neapolitan-style pizza is so delicious, it left me wanting more–and we ordered three pizzas! We being myself, Nate, and our friends Bridget and Trey.

I’m constantly striving to visit new neighborhoods/neighborhoods I don’t explore often, so I suggested some options near where Bridget and Trey live. To Ravenswood we went, starting with a nice white wine and Polpo Grigliato (grilled octopus with arugula and tomatoes). Perfect serving for four and great dish to hold us over while we waited for our pizza.

For our brick-oven, Neapolitan-style pizza, we tried: Margherita, Salsiccia (sausage), and Prosciutto and e Rucola (prosciutto and arugula) pizzas. The pizzas are served uncut and are big enough to share, giving the experience a very family-style feel that I liked. All of the pizzas were fresh and delicious, and it was nice to be able to taste more than one. Three pizzas was a good order for us, but bad because we were too full to eat anything else!

I’m definitely going to return. There are too many different pizzas for me to taste (if you can’t tell, I love pizza)! Make sure to put this restaurant on your “to try list”!

Notes for my friends with dietary needs: they can make you gluten-free pizzas with 24 hours notice and have a dairy-free option, too.

Spacca Napoli
1769 West Sunnyside



REVISIT: Holiday High Tea at the Drake

Over my holiday vacation, I revisited Palm Court at the Drake to enjoy their high tea service with my Mom, sister Lauren (who was in town from New York), and sister-in-law, Melissa.

We met at the Drake on a chilly winter afternoon. It was very crowded, but luckily they were waiting for us, and we were seated at a nice round table in a quieter area of the grand room. I ordered “my usual” (chamomile citrus), while the girls ordered an assortment of black teas.

I’ve shared with you the menu of assorted breads, sandwiches, and pastries before, so be sure to check out the photos below as the offerings were slightly different than before, especially the desserts (the spiced cheesecake with the cute little gingerbread chocolate was my fave). It was fun to just relax from the busy holiday season to enjoy time with the ladies in my family.

It was extra special for us to have time with Lauren, who has three adorable small children (two hilarious girls and a sweet baby boy), which means she’s usually pretty busy, as you can imagine. Thank you for organizing, Melissa!

Palm Court at The Drake
140 East Walton Place



DeColores Mexican Restaurant

We didn’t realize we could bring snacks to our candle-making class, so we were pretty hungry afterwards. DeColores seemed like a great option (we love Mexican food and it was on the way home!). So we drove north on Halsted to DeColores.

The restaurant is small and artsy, with a nice bar area when you walk in, as well as intimate booths with high backs and tables for larger groups. We were seated right away, and enjoyed fresh, warm tortilla chips and delicious salsa. Of course we had to order some pico de gallo, too, with flavorful, unexpected additions like strawberries and cucumber. It tasted so fresh like summertime. The salsa paired well with the drinks on the menu, like Ginger Lemon and Strawberry Basil.

For dinner, I ordered the steak tacos (mine with cilantro, onion, and lime on corn tortillas), of which I could only eat two I was so full, and Nate had the chicken flautas. Both dishes came with rice and beans, and Nate’s had a greens salad as well. The food was delicious–I really wanted to finish that last taco but just couldn’t (made a nice snack for Nate, though…win win!).

I would definitely come back to this little gem–the food was tasty and the staff was friendly and attentive. I’m always looking for new Mexican spots–let me know if you have any recommendations!

DeColores Mexican Restaurant
1626 South Halsted