Bar Toma (Chicago)

2 Feb

Occasionally I update my blog with a Chicago restaurant if I find one that is spectacular. Bar Toma is amazing. It is not fancy, it is the perfect place to grab lunch while shopping on Michigan Ave (it is the old Bistro 110) or for dinner if you are there overnight. Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia opened it. Need I say more. They specialize in unique pizzas and a mozzarella bar. They also have a nice variety of appetizers. C. and I had dinner there and liked it so much we went back the next day for lunch. The pepperoni pizza with roasted garlic was a tad on the greasy side, but only because the sausage is an artisanal one from Vermont. But really tasty. We had a sampling of 3 fresh mozzarellas which were superb. However, the next day beat out the night before. We sampled the $3 potato chips with orange sea salt. Never had a better chip in my life. We then had the Dottore pizza with La Quercia prosciutto, arugula and mozzarella and the soup special with cannellini beans, swiss chard and parmesan. Delish. But the mind-blower was the home-made burrata. Yes, home made. Not imported from Italy. Pure creamy, mozzarella goodness made in Chicago. Divine. Friends from work went there this week and said they ordered just about everything on the menu and were just as happy as C. and I were with the experience.

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