Ellie’s First Halloween

I’ll be the first to say that Halloween is not my favorite holiday (Christmas and Easter are!). Last year, we stayed in and watched a scary movie (No Country for Old Men). Having a child definitely makes for a different experience! This year, I’ve been thinking about the holiday quite a bit. Because Ellie can’t choose for herself yet, she wore two of her cousins’ costumes: an octopus in the afternoon and a flower in the evening! (George dressed up, too! See below!)

If that wasn’t enough, I got her a Carters outfit at Target that says, “I’m so cute, it’s spooky!” Who can resist polka dots, glitter, and a black tutu? Not this mama!

What’s great about Halloween is spending it with others. We had some friends over for stew and cider (and they brought Sweet Mandy B’s!!!)–not to mention adorable photo opps, then headed to the burbs for an open house party and more photos!!! 

Seeing all of the kids dressed up for trick or treating (both in person and online) was so fun! Keep the photos coming, and I’ll keep liking them!

It also got me day dreaming about when Ellie grows up: taking her trick or treating, seeing what costumes she’ll choose, making her give Mommy and Daddy all of the Snickers. Just kidding…she can keep some.

Hope you had a great holiday celebrating, and that you’re enjoying the extra hour of sleep. I’ve been up since 6 am…zzzz….

   
    
 

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
Ravenswood

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Week #38 – Davanti Enoteca

My apologies that my posts have been so late in the week, but there are reasons, I swear. You’ll have a better sense of what’s going on at the end of this post. (Oh, sounds juicy, because it is!)

Little did I know that this meal with our good friends Brad and Sandra was going to be my last meal before one of the busiest and most exciting weeks of my life.

I’ve heard of Davanti Enoteca from friends before, and I was excited when Sandra suggested it. Nate and I arrived a few minutes early (that’s a first) and had some cocktails (prosecco for the lady and red wine for her man) before our friends arrived and we were seated. I should mention that the decor in this restaurant is romantic, but comfortable, like you’ve been going here forever.

We sat down and the waiter was lucky because we were starving. The restaurant serves small plates, so we ordered a little bit of everything: pizza and salads and seafood (I tried octopus!) and meat and more. I have to tell you, this creamy polenta dish we ordered with short ribs was one of the best dishes I’ve had in a while (and you know how often we go out!). The savory goodness just melted in your mouth. Even if that was the only thing I enjoyed–which it wasn’t–I’d return just for that plate.

We were able to eat pretty much everything, but didn’t leave room for dessert. Next time…I promise!

So, what happened the next day? We got our bundle of joy: George, a French Bulldog puppy who has stolen my heart. Photos to come soon!

But that’s not all. Brad and Sandra surprised us less than a week later and joined us on our trip to Jackson Hole! (Even more pics to come!)

Stay tuned, friends…

Davanti Enoteca
1359 West Taylor
University Village

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