Quest for the Best *Thin Pizza Only

There are a few things that can get me out of the house during winter hibernation or away from my summer Netflix and Chill; pizza,  wine and maybe a manicure. If I’m desperate enough.

There are so many good places in Chicago to eat a good slice, but I can’t stand deep dish. Except, maybe when I’m hungover. Or pregnant. One of those happens more than the other.  But really, I’m a thin crust kind of girl. I have narrowed it down to just three, but there are so many more options in the city. Read more at CGL Food

A Stroll down Southport Corridor (adults only)

The Southport Corridor may be known for strollers, moms and boutiques, but recently, there has been a surge in places for adults to play. So ditch those strollers, grab a glass of wine, and take a peek into some adult friendly places popping up on the Southport Corridor.

Coda Di Volpe-  Boasting Southern Italian fare like pizza, steak and seafood, they are most known for their Neapolitan pizza that comes with a side scissors to cut your own slices. This swanky spot has a great wine list, but an even better cocktail menu. The blood orange is not only pretty, its delicious and perfect way to start your meal. As for food, my absolute favorite is the goat cheese with beets appetizer. I usually never order beets, but you CANNOT miss this dish.


Coda di Volpe

Next, pizza! The Funghi and Diavolo pizza is delicious, but really, they all look fantastic. All the pastas are made in-house and the chef curates all the meat for charcuterie boards. The decor is contemporary and cool with a trendy crowd.  It’s perfect for date night or a night out with the ladies. No need to head downtown anymore! Coda Di Volpe 

Ella Elli- The newest addition to the 4 star restaurant group, is the wine bar, Ella Elli. This sexy, romantic spot is so swanky, I felt like I had been transported downtown to a fancy hotel in River North. The oversized lanterns, fireplace and couches, make for THE perfect date night spot.


Ella Elli

The wine list is extensive, but Pinot Noir Rose by Willamette Valley really added greatness to my experience. The cheese board and toasts was presented beautifully and paired well with the wine. FullSizeRender(10)

Ella Elli is a great place to start or even end your night at with their variety of desserts. Who needs the the Four Seasons, when Ella Elli has hit Southport.

With so many options now on Southport, there is really something for everyone. Go check them out and let me know what you think!

Until next time..




CGL Food: My Top 5 BYO Spots

BYO (bring your own booze, beer or wine) is one of those great restaurant qualities that so many seek out when dining. When I lived in New York City in my twenties, I couldn’t believe that there weren’t any BYO options, especially since everyone I knew was on a tight budget. Chicago has an abundance of BYO options ranging from casual to upscale dining. I have rounded up a list of my favorite spots throughout the city.  Read more on CGL Food

Serious About Pizza (no deep dish here)


Lasagna pizza at Coalfire

The only thing that could get me out of the house during my winter hibernation are three things. Pizza,  wine and maybe a manicure. If I’m desperate enough. There are so many good places in Chicago to eat a good slice, except I can’t stand deep dish. Except, maybe when I’m hungover. Or pregnant. One of those happens more than the other.  But really, I’m a Neapolitan and thin crust kind of girl. Check out some of my favorite places.

In the heart of Lincoln Park, Pizzeria da Nella has not only amazing pizza, the outdoor patio for the warmer months is a hidden gem. The Neapolitan pizza is similar to Spacca Napoli in Ravenswood and that’s because the owner used to work there. It is very family friendly and easy to bring my little one. Their kids menu includes a Mickey Mouse pizza. He’s too young for pizza now, but you can make a bet his first pizza experience will be here and it will be the shape of Mickey. My favorite here is the burrata and Diavola pizza, nice and spicy 🌶, but really their salads and pasta are legit too. Hint- Margherita Mondays $7 dollars

With two locations,  Coalfire pizza in Lakeview and West Town, this pizza ia best know for their whipped mountains of ricotta. It’s a thin, cracker crust and they have some unique pies like Lasagna and Pistachio Pesto, there is something for everyone. They use all locally sourced ingredients and serve Bang Bang pie dessert. It’s a win, win really.


Diavola pizza at Nella

Head over to Osteria La Madia on Grand Avenue in River North. A modern, trattoria kind of place, but definitely not pretentious. More of a date night kind of place, think low lighting and lots of wine. This pizza has a thin, chewy crust and the best here is their pepperoni. Oh my, is it mouth watering 🙀🙀.

They also have a wild mushroom bruschetta that I could eat for an entire meal. There a many vegetarian options, if that’s your thing here.

Some other spots for thin crust are Mama Milanos and Sono Wood Fire in Old Town and Lou Malnatis (duh).

Until next time!

~xoxo~ CGL