Welcome to a Chicago edition of my latest food blog! Today I will review my latest visit to my brother Brett’s neck of the woods.
The sad part is I do not get enough time to enjoy the city of Chicago. We usually roll in late evening between 8-10 on a Friday, and we leave by 2 ish on Sunday. We try to pack in as much activity as we can, I mean alcoholic beverages.
The beverages of the weekend are a maple old fashioned, that Brett made. The second and third were mulled wines from the Christkindlemarket in Downtown Chicago. There was a regular Gluwein and an apple cinnamon version. So darn good!
I am going to center in one particular meal from the weekend. We were within a short walking distance of an Italian restaurant called La Scarola, which is a building right next to the iconic old school Richards Bar (you can still smoke inside this bar) on Grand Avenue.
The place we had a reservation for 8:00. It is a small and quaint place, but the restaurant sure knows how to pack the customers in.
We started off by sharing a bottle of wine. Then immediately came the bread and butter; Matt is a happy man right now. The bread had some Italian seasoning, which would have been very delicious on its own, but I had to put some butter on it.
We waited for a good amount of time, so our wine and bread can settle in, which absolutely no complaints at all. Honestly I ate too much bread, because when I got my main dish, well you know.
I ordered the lasagna. They had some creative fantastic sounding entrees, but I know what I like, so lasagna it is. Oh my Chicago, that was the best lasagna I’ve ever had. If only I would have eaten less bread. Still, I 100 percent appreciated the presentation, temperature of the food, texture and taste. In my family, I’m the one who “almost always” finishes their meal. Except this meal, I did not. My family thought I was sick, honestly! No I’m kidding, my Mom knew right away!
And the price for four entrees and two bottles of wine, was a very good value for a Chicago, $200 including a 20% tip.
A no brainer 10/10 in my books. One of the best experiences of the year.