Posts Tagged ‘Pizza’

Hungry Z, NBCChicago Street Team

A monk is a man that’s part of a brotherhood, living in a monastery, and devoted to a discipline prescribed by his order. What most people don’t realize is that Trappist monks are accomplished brew masters. So while most of us thought monks chanted all day, the folks at The Lucky Monk drew inspiration from these age old brew masters to craft their own line of specialty beers. Since man cannot live on beer alone (some of you have tried), a full menu is available to help lead you to a path of enlightenment.

 Glance over the drink menu and you’ll notice that a whopping thirty five beers are available and seven are brewed in house. Two standouts are the “Cardinal Sin”, a Czech-style pilsner and the “Pale Belgian”. In order to drink more beer you need to eat. I’m sure you’ve learned your lesson about drinking on an empty stomach!

 For those feeling a little Mediterranean, a creamy serving of hummus is available. While I do prefer warm/soft pita bread, the toasted pita will appeal to the potato chip fan. A true delight was the warm pretzel trio. Three warm pretzels served with honey mustard butter, tomato parmesan sauce, and the oh so heavenly Wisconsin cheddar beer fondue. The fondue is so good, you could serve it on a shoe and it would be delicious! How about some fries? How about some white truffle-parmesan fries? For a $1.50 more, you get fries drizzled in white truffle oil, sprinkled with sea salt, and topped with shaved parmesan cheese, YUM!

 You don’t need to be on the path to enlightenment to know that most guys eat pizza and burgers with their beer. Seven prime beef burgers are available here, with both a 6oz and a manly 9oz size available. Tonight’s choice was the 9oz smothered burger. Cooked nicely to medium, this juicy burger is toped with sweet caramelized onions, creamy Gruyere, lettuce, tomato, and sits on a sturdy sesame seed bun. While I am admittedly a deep dish fan, I do on occasion enjoy some thin crust pizza as well. New York style thin crust is featured here and it works on most levels. The crust is crisp and chewy, the cheese is flavorful and stretchable, the sausage is meaty and plentiful, but the sauce is ordinary and forgettable. The pizza is still a good choice, just not the standout that the burger was.

 Dessert should never be skipped! If you’re already eating burgers and drinking beer, your thoughts about your diet should be thrown out the window. Think back to your childhood in the boys/girls scouts and dig into the hot skillet s’mores. Warm melted chocolate and toasted mini marshmallows make this a rich and decadent dessert. The star dessert is the house made apple strudel. Thin sliced apples kissed with cinnamon and wrapped in filo dough make this a dessert good enough to kiss the chef over!

 Dinner for two should be about $40 since most items are $10 or less and nothing even at $20. Overall The Lucky Monk offers hand crafted beers and impressive food for a pretty reasonable price. Check out more reviews at HungryZ.com


105 Hollywood Blvd

South Barrington, IL 60610

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Cara Carriveau, NBC Chicago Street Team

If you’re a fan of rock music then you must be very familiar with the legendary guitar riff’s of Rik Emmett.  He was part of the amazing power trio Triumph, providing killer licks in great songs like “Fight The Good Fight”, “Lay It On The Line”, etc.  Here’s an opportunity to catch him in an intimate environment and also help out a great cause, Pizza’s 4 Patriots:

Wow, what killer line-up.  As it turns out, several of those artists have appeared in my podcast Cara’s Basement:

Rik Emmett-

Ronnie Platt-

Kevin Chalfant-

See you at Durty Nellies on Saturday, October 24!

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Hungry Z, NBCChicago Street Team

In the mid-70s, two Chicago restaurants — Nancy’s and Giordano’s — began experimenting with deep dish pizza, but what they created instead was the beloved “stuffed” pizza.

Nancy’s founder, Rocco Palese, based his creation on his mother’s recipe for scarciedda, an Italian Easter pie from his hometown of Potenza. Similar to deep dish, a thin layer of dough forms a bowl in a high-sided pan and the toppings and cheese are added. Then an additional layer of dough goes on top and is pressed to the sides. That extra layer of crust is the difference between the two.

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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC5 Street Team

Last week I posted a blog about the World Pizza Championships held in Italy every year.  It was brought to my attention that there are two different teams in the U.S. that compete for the coveted title.  The team that I referenced in last week’s blog is the  “World Pizza Champions” not the U.S. Pizza Team.  Leo Spizzirri, Executive Chef at Giordano’s, is a member of the “World Pizza Champions”.  The team is led by nine-time pizza champion Tony Gemignani.  The “World Pizza Champions” is touted as America’s #1 Pizza Team.  Hope that clears up any confusion about your favorite pizza team.

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Hungry Z, NBC Chicago Street Team

Does a place have to be well-known to be any good? How about those hole-in-the-wall joints? Are they worth trying?

Pequod’s Pizza is a hole in the wall if there ever was one. If you’re wondering, what’s up with that name, “Pequod” is actually a fictional whaleship that appears in Moby Dick. Well, step inside Pequod’s and you feel like you’re in someone’s basement, circa 1970s. The small dimensions and wood paneling decor help maintain that retro feel.

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D.C. “Fete Select TV” Crenshaw, NBC Chicago Street Team

The Italians created pizza, but can you believe that they had never heard of Chicago style pizza?  That’s until Leo Spizzirri made some noise amongst the best pizza makers in the world.  Leo, the Executive Chef for Giordano’s 46 locations, is now a member of the World Pizza Champions team.  He is considered to be one of the best pizza makers in the world, and his specialty is stuffed pizza.

Leo has been trained by 9 time pizza champion, Tony Gemignani, and is also certified in Classic Italian Pizza, Pizza in Pala, and Pizza in Taglia from the Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli in Carole, Italy.  Gemigiani tagged Leo to be a part of the World Pizza Champions after many conversations about Chicago style and tasting the stuffed pizza.  Chicago style pizza wasn’t recognized in any of the World Championship competitions, but Gemigiani wanted to change that.  

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Review: Barnaby’s

Hungry Z, NBC5 Street Team

Chicagoland is known for its deep dish and stuffed pizza. But man cannot live on deep dish alone, trust me I’ve tried. So for days when you crave something a little different, there are some thin crust places that are still worthy of being called Chicago style pizza. One such place is “Barnaby’s”, an English Pub type place that’s been around since 1968.

Inside, you’ll notice that they have no windows looking to the outside world. That means this is quite possibly the darkest restaurant you’ll ever encounter. Step outside and you feel like your eyes have been dilated! Nevertheless, the atmosphere is relaxed, comfortable, and family friendly. When you’re ready to order, simply walk up to the counter and let them know what strikes your fancy. Then park yourself in one of the wooden booths and wait for your number to be called.

Tonight’s menu starts off with mozzarella sticks and garlic bread, and leads up to a  ½ slab of ribs, ½ pound pub burger, and a large pepperoni pizza. The garlic bread and mozzarella sticks are out first, and it’s a mixed bag. The mozzarella sticks are served piping hot and encased in a wonderful crunchy coating that doesn’t fall apart the minute you bite into them. The “garlic” bread on the other hand should be sued for false advertising. Why? Because there was no garlic flavor! A more apt description would be buttered toast.

Our dinner number is called and we can’t wait to dig in. I sample the burger first, and it’s a 1/2 pound of juicy beef that is nestled on a warm buttery bun. Toppings were fresh and the bun was soft and warm, but the meat was a little bland. A dash of salt and pepper would have kicked this burger up a notch. Ribs are next and they were a nice surprise. The ribs were fall off the bone tender and slathered in a peppery barbeque sauce. Pizza is the main attraction here and it doesn’t disappoint. When it comes to pizza, deep dish or thin, crust is king. Unlike many thin pizzas where the crust is floppy, this one is sturdy, crunchy, and delicious. The slightly thicker crust is dusted with cornmeal and is the perfect vehicle to hold the high quality toppings.

Want dessert? Well than you can get an ice cream bar from the cooler because they don’t make any. Final bill including pitchers of pop was about $45. Overall “Barnaby’s” offers good food, relaxed atmosphere, all at a good price.
636 E Touhy Av
Des Plaines, IL 60018
                                                         7650 N Caldwell Ave
                                                         Niles, IL 60714
933 W Rand Rd
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
                                                           134 W Golf Rd
                                                           Schaumburg, IL 60195
960 Skokie Blvd
Northbrook, IL 60062
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