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Neapolitan Pizza in Chicago: Spacca Napoli

30 Oct

Looking for some solid Neapolitan-style pizza on Chicago’s north side? Spacca Napoli is a good option.

We started off with a grilled vegetable plate – a generous amount of grilled eggplant, red and yellow peppers, and zucchini.

Spacca Napoli

The grilled octopus was alright. It came as a a couple large pieces, so it was bit more challenging to eat than most other presentations I’ve seen.


The pizzas are where Spacca Napoli shines. The Neapolitan-style pizzas are all sized to suite one person. They are so good you probably won’t want to share anyway. There are many options, including a couple of daily specials.



The disappointment of the night was the Peaches Vesuvio we ordered for dessert, which was I suppose more of a misunderstanding than anything. I thought that the peaches would be fresh, but they are not. The menu says “Peaches (Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio)”, meaning they are jarred peaches from the national park in Italy. Though they may have originated from Italy, they tasted like run-of-the-mill canned peaches from around here…I expressed my disappointment to our server, and he graciously took the dessert off our bill.

Info: Spacca Napoli Pizzeria, 1769 W. Sunnyside Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640 USA
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Delicious vegetarian food: The Red Lentil

28 Jun

Mmmm…Have you ever seen vegetarian food look this good? The Red Lentil (600 Mount Auburn St., Watertown, MA) serves tantalizing vegetarian and vegan food. Gluten-free options are also available. The restaurant is a bit small, and it’s always full. Service is very friendly – a waiter brought over several natural/organic sodas in bottles and cans so that we could examine the ingredients.

The eggplant caponata is a filling appetizer of whole wheat bread triangles soaked with sundried tomato pesto served with a generous mound of chunky eggplant and olive spread. Our entrees took a while to arrive, but were well worth the wait. The Red Lentil serves an imaginative Shepherd’s pie! A perfect tower of mashed potato on a thin bed of spinach, topped with a mixture of soy sausage (reminded me of a softer version of ground turkey, with a more subtle flavour), corn, onion, carrots, celery, red and green peppers, zucchini, and spices, and finished with a sweet potato layer. The entire portion was covered in a cashew gravy and maple balsamic, giving the dish a light, sweet and nutty flavour.

The Moussaka Pizza is a white pizza on a crisp crust, packed with the sweetness of roasted red pepper and goat cheese. Along with grilled onions, eggplant, and basil, it makes you realize how good pizza can taste without any tomato sauce.

We finished our meal with a slice of vegan chocolate blueberry cake – layers of dense chocolate cake and cream stuffed with whole, fresh blueberries.

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