Chicago LOVES pizza. It’s a given. We love everything from the city’s beloved deep-dish to the classic Neapolitan style, and everything in-between.
Since Eataly opened in Chicago, I’ve had many the slice of pizza there, and when the newsletter about the first Pizza Day made its way into my inbox, it was a screenshot sent to the real pizza monsters – my sister, and bestie Hannah. At $28pp for 8 types of pizza, plus a Peroni beer, it was a steal.
We didn’t know what to expect, and I imagined pizza stations all lined up next to each other with each respective pizza sample. Not so. As Hannah perfectly described it, it was more of a “pizza scavenger hunt.” The pizza stations were located randomly around the second floor, and we went searching for them.
Each station had a full slice of pizza – not samples! Uhh, how were we going to finish all 8? Well, we made our way through 6 of the 8, and here they are.
SOUTHERN SICILY – FOCACCIA SICILIANA
Made with ingredients readily available in southern Sicily,
this flatbread is topped with olives, tomatoes, and oregano.
LAZIO – PIZZA ROMANA – OUR FAVE OF THE EVENING
La scrocchiarella – a
crispy, thin crust typical to delicious Roman-style pizza from Lazio. This one
topped with mushrooms, mozzarella, drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
PUGLIA – POTATO FOCACCIA WITH HOT SAUSAGE & BLUE CHEESE
Potato-based dough, topped with hot sausage and blue cheese. A new combination that we’d never had before, but quite delicious.
CAMPANIA – PIZZA FRITTA
Deep-fried dough, topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil. YUM.
PIEMONTE – NUTELLA PIZZA – need I say more? 🙂
PIEMONTE – BRIOCHE FOCACCIA
Buttery dough with granulated sugar, topped with rhubarb. I saved this piece to have with my morning coffee 🙂
While we didn’t finish all 6 slices as you may think, 2 hours later, we found ourselves in the cookbooks section, chatting for another hour while in a pizza coma.
I don’t think the three of us can spend less than 3 hours at Eataly, unless we’re on a work lunch break. We had an awesome time, enjoying the various types of pizza from different regions of Italy.
Now can Eataly host a Pasta Day? Count me in!