Food Shops

I love it when I find something where I least expect it. On a recent free afternoon, I finally got myself to Hoosier Mama Pie Company shop in West Town. I was ready for a good piece of pie, which despite it being such an all-American dessert, can be hard to find. Pie that is […]

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Pasticceria Natalina

14 March 2010 · 0 comments

Note: Pasticceria Natalina is closed for business as of May 2011. The opening of Pasticceria Natalina on Valentine’s Day 2007 generated raves in the press, and soon after drove foodies to Andersonville to confirm whether all the hype was true. It was. And it still is. And it is a find. The elegant dolci here […]

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Some things just seem to taste better when eaten in the right season. These warm apple cider doughnuts from Zullo’s stand at Green City Market hit the spot on chilly days as was the case on this bury-your-hands-inside-your-coat-pocket morning at Green City Market. Adriana Marzullo serves these diminutive orbs up fresh on the spot—that is, if […]

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Coffee breaks, like long lunches, seem to be a thing of the past. But after the first time I visited Pasticceria Natalina, a pastry shop featuring distinctive Sicilian specialties in Andersonville, I now manage to make the time for an occasional break. Then after I introduced my sister Martha, who moved into the city with […]

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Although most people think of fish shops as places for mainly buying fish to cook at home, they can be a great stop for picking up some kind of seafood salad or soup. This brilliant, freshly made raw tuna poke at Dirk’s caught my eye on my visit this day. The cool, ultra-tender diced yellowfin […]

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Was it luck or destiny that three graduates of the Washburn Trade School, connected by family, friendship, and a love of baking, just happened to be drawing up plans to open their own business when two of them just happened to be working at Judy’s Bakery in Evanston when they just happened to overhear Gale […]

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A visit to Dirk’s is usually an experience that is part education and part entertainment. Owner Dirk Fucik, who is perpetually good humored, knows how to make shopping at his fish paraphernalia-packed shop not only fun, but educational. Ask Fucik a question, and he’ll easily tick off an explanation or suggest an interesting way to […]

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