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



That Time I Met Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel…

Yep, you guessed it. I met Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday. There he stood, just inside the turnstiles at the Chicago Avenue Blue Line Stop. No one else was around. We shook hands, exchanged smiles and pleasantries, and I was on my way, a little shocked by what just happened.

It’s not my first time meeting a celebrity/public official, but I was caught off guard! Let me paint the picture a little for you:

It was Friday morning. I am not a morning person and was on my way to the train for my convenient, four-stop commute. I semi-ran down the stairs when I see a large man with an earpiece in. I’m thinking, “what the hell?” and keep moving. Some moron was stuck in the turnstile with his carry-on luggage, and I think surely that security guy isn’t with this guy and keep moving as the CTA worker with a wet mop goes to help him escape. I swipe my Ventra card, making sure to see the “Go!” graphic when I look up, and there he is. Rahm.

He gives me a nice “hello,” and reaches for my hand. Other than luggage guy, CTA lady, and earpiece guy, we are the only ones around. I give a very enthusiastic “hi!!!!”, which was evidence of my shock, shook his hand, and said, “It’s nice to meet you!”

And I ran down the stairs. End of story…

What?!? Why didn’t I get a photo?!? Why didn’t I get video for my 1SE (one second everyday) project? Why couldn’t I say ANYTHING else? The answer: I was tired, moving too fast, and not thinking properly.

People have had many questions when I tell them this story:

Did you take a picture for your blog?

Is he tall?
My height.

Did you ask to see his hand?
No, I forgot to take a picture, let alone see his finger (he cut it in a meat slicer at Arby’s when he was younger, if you didn’t know)!

The lesson to this story: when in doubt, take a picture! I can tell you this story, but wouldn’t it have been a lot cooler with a photo? Sorry, Rahm. Sorry, readers. Next time–if there is a next time–I won’t make the same mistake twice!

In the meantime, Nate put together this beauty for me:


Week #29 – Robin Thicke Concert at Taste of Chicago

I couldn’t figure out how to write this post without gushing about Robin Thicke, so I decided I should just write him a note.


Dear Robin,

One fateful morning I was walking to work when I saw a sign right in front of my office that you’d be performing at the Petrillo Music Shell at the Taste of Chicago (Butler Field). Coincidence? I think not. How could I refuse?!?

It’s important to note that I’ve been enjoying your music for quite some time now. “When I Get You Alone” is still one of my favorites, but I’m more vested than just your hits on the radio. “Complicated” is great, and “I Need Love” is so smooth. I couldn’t wait to hear these and many more at the concert!

I haven’t been to the Taste of Chicago since reversible tube tops were popular, but no crowd was too big to keep me from seeing you perform. My friends Lauren, Bridget, their significant others (God bless them) and my brother (what a guy) joined me!

Estelle was a great opening act—but who are we kidding? Everyone was waiting for you.

The weather was extra hot and the sun was high (somehow I got a tan from my sunglasses), but your smooth voice, charismatic personality, and charming smile (did you get that from Dr. Seaver?) seemed to make it ten times hotter! And let me tell you, the ladies around us were definitely feeling it too. (It seemed like some of the men were pretty jealous, but I’m sure you’re used to that…) And I heard Ashton and Mila were there! Are they your friends? Rahm was really getting down too (see the video!). They have excellent taste in music!

I love the song “Blurred Lines”, and was extremely glad that you decided to open—and close!—the show with that one. It’s the song of the summer! May I ask, what does rhyme with hug me? I’d love further clarification on that one. 😉

But before you get misled about my feelings for you, I have to confess: I’m married. And, obviously, so are you. (Your son is adorable, too!) So for now, let’s just agree that you’ll keep making beautiful music, and I’ll keep listening.

Thank you for the wonderful concert at the Taste. I was glad to be back after so many years! Be sure to let me know when you’re in Chicago next.

With love and admiration,

Second City Gal

Taste of Chicago
Grant Park
The Loop

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