Family Night at Dimo’s Pizza

After my co-worker and friend Erica and I recently got our hair done at Mane Chicago (Thanks, Lauren!), we met up with her husband and adorable son, Milo, for some Dimo’s Pizza. Erica, a vegan, has been raving about it forever (they always have vegan options available), so I needed to finally see how good the pizza was for myself.

We walked in a Thursday evening to a duo setting up to perform, and a short line to order (this is a double win in my book!). The slices are prepared for you to choose from, and then they heat it up for you and it’s ready to be eaten. The problem is…there are so many choices! I had a flashback to Hot Doug’s, where I chose some non-adventurous menu items, and didn’t want to make the same mistake twice. So I went outside my comfort zone (and my diet), and ordered a slice that sounded cozy and a carb overload: Mac and Cheese Pizza! It’s Milo’s favorite, so that was a plus, too.

I wasn’t sure about my order until I took a bite…and then another and another. You really don’t know what to think before that bite, but it’s mouthwateringly delicious. Erica suggested some BBQ sauce on top (I’m already off the wagon, might as well do it up!), and it was so good. So good that I pushed my limits and got another slice (probably why I passed out from a food coma shortly after I got home).

I should mention that while we were enjoying our pizza, the duo was killing it with hits from Britney Spears, Sia, and others, and we were playing a great game of Sorry (you can check out board games while you’re there). It was such a great time–I need to go back!

So grateful to the B’s for letting me crash family night and enjoy some tasty pizza. Until we meet again!

Dimo’s Pizza
1615 North Damen
Wicker Park

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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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What I’m Grateful For

It’s never too late to be grateful.

As I sit here with a sleeping Frenchie on my lap, I can’t help but feel truly grateful.

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Grateful for my family, my friends, my husband, my pup–without them, my heart wouldn’t be as full as it is today. Life isn’t easy, but they make it a whole lot better.

Having this blog is also a blessing in my life. First, its a fun, creative outlet for me. But it’s always fun to hear from readers, see what they like, and I love when people want to participate on my adventures around town. I know I need to post more; I can promise you that I will try!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving weekend, I thought it would be fun to include some of my favorite Chicago places and foods I’m thankful for, too. They include:

-Fresh Straw & Hay Pasta at Piccolo Sogno
-Pizza from Lou Malnati’s (thick or thin ), Giordano’s (thin), D’Agostino’s (thin), Home Run Inn (classic), Eataly (Neapolitan)
-Going to the Walnut Room at Macy’s during the holidays
-Tacos al Pastor at Big Star
-Vegetable udon soup for lunch at Tokyo Lunchbox
-Chopped Salad or Prime Rib (or both) at Wildfire
-Searching for milk glass at the Randolph Street Market
-Ramen at BellyQ
-Getting lost at The Art Institute
-Ribs at Gale Street Inn
-Hot dogs at Portillo’s and Superdawg
-Finding the best stationary at the Renegade Craft Fair
-Pork belly and broccoli slaw at Green Street Smoked Meats
-Sushi at Butterfly Sushi

Well, now that I’m starving, I leave you with sincere gratitude and appreciation. Remember what you’re thankful for often, not just one day in November. And celebrate the people you love and the activities you enjoy throughout the holiday season and always!

XO