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Pizza in Indianapolis

I've searched previous threads but didn't find what I was looking for...

I'll be staying in downtown Indianapolis for a week and would like to find some pizza places. Preferably delivery, but I also have a car if the pizza is worth the drive.

I've read about the usual places and those listed on citysearch 'best of' already. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

where can I find prosciutto in Chicago?

Just out of mild curiousity, how many people here who are F&O proponents have actually been to some/any of the stores and delis on Harlem Ave? Nsxtasy, which ones have you been to?

I have to agree with most of Marilyn's points, but I am definitely biased. My father is from Italy- born and raised- and so I spent a lot of time in that area as a child. Even if I just want fresh mozzarella, I haul all the way over there. I've had products from upscale speciality grocers and I don't think they're as good.

But I guess it's a matter of opinion.

Feb 16, 2007
bakeryqueen in Chicago Area


Palermo's in fantastic. You'll be in good hands.

What I started liking even more is Il Giardino. They might have them.

Caputo's might have them too, as I believe their pastries/desserts are supplied by a bakery.

Feb 16, 2007
bakeryqueen in Chicago Area

NYC Chowhound coming to San Francisco next week (First Time!)

Is Taylor's any good?

I love sweet potato fries, and that white pistachio shake sounds good.

Is it just a glorified Johnny Rockets? Cause that's how my midwest mind is picturing it. Someone set the record straight for me. Thanks.

Do you use

I use it all the time because I like certain features. It's nice to be able to break things down by location or cuisine. And you can do backwards searches, like if you remember an address but not the name of the place.

But I don't read the reviews or look at the ratings.

Jan 16, 2007
bakeryqueen in Food Media & News

Greens menu??

Thanks for the responses. I managed to get a hold of a menu.

Now I just can't decide whether or not to go. Some of you say yes, some of you say no.

Decisions, decisions.

Greens menu??

Unreal. I get the HTTP 404 not found error. I've tried other .html affixations too, and in other browsers.

Maybe they only want local people to know about it?!

Greens menu??

This is slightly bizarre. I can't find a menu for greens anywhere. When I go to their website it says "location has changed" and then automatically transfers me to a citysearch page that's been removed. Am I the only one who sees this?

I called there and spoke to a man who wasn't very helpful. I asked him what their web addy was and he gave me the one I'd already been trying. We had a brief discussion about the site and he said it was working. I also googled it and looked on, but I don't know if that is a current reflection of their menu.

So, two questions:
1. Does anyone know where I can find a menu for Greens?

2. Should I take the guy's inability to help me as a sign that I shouldn't eat there? I asked him if he could just fax me a menu and he said to call back later. I thought it was kind of rude.

Buenos Aires for Vegetarians??

I have to second Bio. I had such a great meal there. I wasn't expecting much because BA is so meat-oriented, but I couldn't have been more pleased.

It's very slow-paced, so give yourself plenty of time. It's also pretty small and you can see into the kitchen. There are two guys who make all of the food. It's really fresh, flavorful, and delicious. Don't miss it.

But in general, BA has a lot of Italian restaurants. You won't have trouble finding good food even if you don't eat meat.


English Pubs?

Not English but Irish is Fado.

I only mention it because they broadcast the English Premier League games.

Otherwise I'd go with Red Lion.

Jan 12, 2007
bakeryqueen in Chicago Area

Milan restaurants

No thoughts on either of those restaurants, but I have another suggestion.

If you're in Milan-especially near the Duomo- do not miss Luini. It's a place that makes the best panzerotti on earth.

Seriously, this place was so unbelievably good (and affordable). I went back for seconds, then thirds.

Enjoy Milan! It's my favorite city.

Jan 09, 2007
bakeryqueen in Italy


Internationally, I've been to England, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, China, and Argentina.

First, go to Italy. Visit the southern regions and familiarize yourself with their pasta, seafood, legumes, fruit, and wine. I don't think there is anywhere better to eat in the entire world.

I also recommend going to Hong Kong. I think it's one of the culinary capitals of the world. They have anything and everything you can imagine. Same with New York. Those are inventive places where you can maximize your gastronomical experiences.

Lastly, have a meal at El Bulli in Spain (Catalonia). It's one of the best restaurants in the world, if not *the* best.

Those are just my thoughts and opinions. Good luck!

Jan 08, 2007
bakeryqueen in General Topics

A good place to buy a special fine wine?

Sam's or Binny's.

Jan 08, 2007
bakeryqueen in Chicago Area

Using up ricotta cheese?

I like to eat Ricotta and Nutella sandwiches sometimes. Gotta have good bread though.

Jan 08, 2007
bakeryqueen in Home Cooking

Food Franchises That Don't Suck

In case you don't have the chance to visit, you can still taste Lou Malnati's. Tastes of Chicago ( sells and ships it frozen. The taste is not exactly the same, because a lot of pizza making has to do with the oven, but it's still very good. My mom used to send them to me when I was away at college.

Jan 08, 2007
bakeryqueen in Chains

Impressions from a FoodNetwork newbie

I don't really watch FN to hone my skills in any way. In fact, I've never once made anything they've shown. I watch purely for entertainment. And maybe I find it a little comforting too.

That said, I find Alton Brown's show boring and outdated. Ina is too quiet and monotonous. RR is ok. I prefer Giada, Mario, and Bobby Flay.

I also really like the travel-food shows like Road Tasted, $40 a day, etc. Oh, and the competition shows like Iron Chef and Throwndown with Bobby Flay.

Jan 08, 2007
bakeryqueen in Food Media & News

Food Franchises That Don't Suck

You've never had pizza in Chicago or NYC? Ever?

Come on, you only live once.

Visit Chicago (New York is good too, don't get me wrong). I'll take you to Lou Malnati's. It's on me.

Jan 08, 2007
bakeryqueen in Chains

prepared food delivered not take out

Wholefoods might do something like that.

Jan 05, 2007
bakeryqueen in Chicago Area

North/Halstead/Clybourn corner

A little farther up is What's the Beef.

Jan 05, 2007
bakeryqueen in Chicago Area

Need your favorite recommendations for sit-down chains

I'll second PF Changs.

It's one of the few chains I eat at.

Check to see if there will be any Lettuce Entertain You restaurants at your destinations.

Jan 05, 2007
bakeryqueen in Chains

What is your favorite tomato/marinara sauce in a jar?

My absolute favorite is Pomi.

It's not in a jar per se, but it comes in a little cardboard crate.

I like the marinara. It doesn't taste overly sweet or salty like a lot of the jarred brands.

Jan 03, 2007
bakeryqueen in General Topics

restaurants near california pizza kitchen

I don't know if you're specifically looking for pizza or not, but there are tons of places to eat in that area that don't involve pizza. And I definitely wouldn't bother with CPK. You can get that in the frozen aisle of a lot of grocery stores.

I recommend trying the Pierogi Factory. It's on Belmont and Kenmore (1034 W. Belmont). This is their new location. The food is good and fresh, and it's kind of fun to try a whole bunch of different pierogi, all of which are good. I'm a vegetarian and went there with meat-eaters. There will be plenty of stuff for both of you to eat well and amicably.

Jan 03, 2007
bakeryqueen in Chicago Area

Non-hype Valentine's Day meal

I think you might like Anna Maria Pasteria. It's laid-back, quiet, low-key but nice, and the food is really good. I've enjoyed every meal I've ever had there. It's kind of my go-to place.

Jan 03, 2007
bakeryqueen in Chicago Area

Yays and nays from Trader Joe's, lately [OLD]

Their kalamata olive hummus is really good. It's salty but addictive.

I also like the spinach and tofu egg rolls.

And the eggplant cutlets are a staple.

Jan 01, 2007
bakeryqueen in Chains

salad question

I keep eating this really good salad in Italy and I'm dying to know how to make it. It consists only of iceberg lettuce, olive oil, and another liquid ingredient-- possibly lemon or vinegar.

But the combination of the oil and lettuce tastes strangely delicious, and I can't figure out why.

I'm thinking that it's because the lettuce is soaked in water beforehand for an extended period of time. But that can't be the only thing different about it. Does anyone know what I'm talking about, or am I just going crazy? What is it about the salad that's so good-- the type of oil maybe? I've had many, many types of olive oil and I don't think that's the only factor.

Dec 30, 2006
bakeryqueen in Home Cooking

Love Letter to Chicago

I don't know of any "local" cheese. But there's a place called Mars Cheese Castle right off of I94 that is fantastic. It's in Wisconsin though, but not too far from the border. Worth the trip every single time.

Dec 26, 2006
bakeryqueen in Chicago Area

Restaurant recommendations for a vegetarian

I'll be visiting SF for a few days in January and am looking for good places to eat. I'm a vegetarian and also love Italian food. I prefer things simple and unpretentious, but will consider all options far and wide.

I'm looking for suggestions for standard vegetarian fare as well as good pizza and pasta. Also, if anyone knows of a good brunch place that won't be too difficult to get in, that would be very appreciated too.

First time visitor to San Francisco and am really looking forward to it.

Thanks in advance.

Vegetarian restaurants in Vienna?

I'll be in Vienna for 3 days next week. Does anyone have any meat-free dining suggestions for me? I don't want to completely starve. Thanks.

New Yorker looking for pizza in Chicago

First off, I love Grimaldi's. It's the first stop I make when I get to NYC.

But I live in Chicago, so I'm partial to the deep-dish. Honest advice here: Lou Malnati's is where you should go. Their best pizza is served at the Wells St. location. I sincerely suggest you order a deep-dish cheese and ask for it "well-done". That way it will be cooked to perfection.

And if you're pressed for time, call ahead and "pre-order". Otherwise be prepared to wait about 40 minutes. But it's worth it.

And yeah, Pizzeria Uno and Due are kind of a laughing stock now. The pizza used to be the best, but they now decided they'd rather be rich. I'm sure it's still good enough for some, but not me. And probably not you either.

Nov 10, 2006
bakeryqueen in Chicago Area

Loop Middle Eastern

Oasis Cafe. I think they moved though. They used to be in the Wabash Jewelry mall.

Oct 26, 2006
bakeryqueen in Chicago Area