Sunday, July 31, 2011

food (food) | la madia

Pizza. It's an on-going debate that I have with people.  Some people feel strongly about Chicago pizza and others (like myself) just think it's alright.  I'm a fan of NY pizza personally and as any true New Yorker will say, "It's in the water"...and I always agree.  I personally can't consider anything you have to eat with a knife and fork as pizza, which is why I'm not a huge fan of deep dish.  Pizza is meant to be thin, folded in half and pawed with one (or two) hands.  After hearing rave reviews about Chicago staples like Lou Malnati's, Gino's East, Aurelio's and Pequod's, I tried them and none of them impressed me.  I had given up on good pizza in this city until I tried La Madia.  Yes, it's a little more upscale, the toppings are a little fancier, but it's damn good pizza.

I wouldn't say that La Madia is a place that I frequent, but I've eaten there enough times to know that everything on their menu is so good.  Their pizzas are stellar with the pepperoni with truffle oil as my favorite on the menu and their salads are good enough to fill you up before you get to the main course.  The last few times I've been there I was able to try a few of their entrees and all were just as good as their pizzas.  Although I've been keeping myself on a pretty strict gluten free diet for digestive reasons, I had to sneak in a slice of pizza to soak up the one too many glasses of wine I had at happy hour just prior to dinner...and it was well worth it.  

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Can you tell that Matt and I went to Baskin Robbins for dessert after dinner? In case you're wondering, I went with a scoop World Class Chocolate. ;)

|What stand do you take in the great pizza debate? Are you like me and think that thin crust/big sliced pizzas are the way to go? Or are you a thicker crust type of person that likes the heartier version of the pie?|

Also, congrats to Mary from Babble+Bloom for winning the Zia & Rita Giveaway!


FashionAddict said...

Wowza, I am LOVING the striped dress w/that red vest. Awesome!

B.Inspired said...

Another Chicago Blogerette!!! So happy to find your blog and I love La Madia, it's only 3 blocks from where I love! The food is amazing and I love their open window seating! Loved your casual outfit for a relaxing weekend look!

Kathryn from Schoolmarm Style said...

Thin and crispy crust all the way for this girl!

Kristen said...

I am from Connecticut originally, so New York style is "real" pizza to me. Chicago-style is just overkill, you know? And then Chicago pizza places cut thin-crust into squares; way to miss the point, people! (Pun intended, lol.)
The best thin-crust we have found -- after 20 years of searching -- is Viccino's in the north suburbs. It's still not a pure NY-style, but we order it pie-cut and pretend it could be. It's not just the crust, the mozzarella isn't the same; NY=style is more crumbly.

I still miss my giant foldable flaps.

laura said...

lovely outfit! that vest is definitely YOU!

I am totally NOT a deep-dish pizza girl. GAH. When I first came to IL, all my friends took me to various places in Chicago for deep dish pizza. Bleh. Like you, I don't know why I have to use a fork and a knife to eat pizza.

Thin, crispy crust for me, please!
♥ laurathe blog of worldly delights

Elena said...

YUM. And I concur, love the thin crust (though, sure, I can't turn down some deep-dish Gino's East, etc, every now and then

Alyssa said...

Well I may be biased being from NY but to me there is no other way to eat pizza then with one hands. I can't deal with this knife and fork nonsense.

But I have never had Chicago style pizza. I am open to it as I LOVE pizza.

The Thriftaholic (Leilani) said...

I like Chicago style pizza but think of it in a different category of food... whenever I crave pizza I go for a large NYC slice (ie Santullo's in Wicker Park). Piece in Wicker Park is also delicious (apparently it's New Haven style?)

Amy said...

Adorable! I love yellow and red together...and the striped dress just pulls everything together.

Kelly said...

Love that dress on you!