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Best Italian bakery in Chicago or suburbs

Best I've had is at Pastecceria Natalina, but they are pricey at ~$6 a pop.
Best value cannoli I've had is at D'Amato's, at only $1.80 a pop.

(While the PN sfogliatelli look tasty, I have a hard time spending ~$10-11 for a fancy croissant)

Mar 10, 2010
ChicagoHokie in Chicago Area

Italian Beef - downtown

Al's Beef and Luke's Beef.

Both similar styles. Better hot giardinera for Al's, but a larger sausage for the combo sandwich by Luke's. Portillo's is okay. Their meat is sliced thicker than both Al's and Luke's.

Oct 09, 2009
ChicagoHokie in Chicago Area

Delicious Bakery or Dessert in Chicago?

Vanille is not a typical American bakery, but a patisserie, whose main emphasis is pastry/desserts. The main reason you go there is for the entremets. If you want brownies or cookies, go elsewhere. They also happen to have the best almond croissants in Chicago.

Sep 01, 2009
ChicagoHokie in Chicago Area

Philly Cheese Steaks

No, just rearrange the meat/cheese within the roll once you get it.

Cheeze Whiz, Lt Onions, on garlic bread. Sprinkle a little kosher salt on top when it arrives.

Sep 01, 2009
ChicagoHokie in Chicago Area