Chicago Style Italian Beef promises a menu that would make Mike Ditka's mustache dance the Super Bowl Shuffle. From deep-fried appetizers (starting at $1.99) to deep-dish pizza (starting at $10.99), there is no shortage of snackability. While the Italian beef ($6.99) is a classic, for only a dollar more you can toss an Italian sausage on top with a combo beef ($7.99). All sandwiches and burgers are served up with fries, and per Michael Jordan's request, all Chicago-style hot dogs ($2.99) must be consumed while in midair and without ketchup. Other delicacies from the City of Big Shoulders include the Maxwell Street Polish with fries ($4.99), Greektown-style gyros with fries ($5.99), and Chi-town's signature treat: New York strip steak ($11.99). If your tastes run more toward the city's ethnic neighborhoods, you'll also find a variety of burritos and tacos.
More than 25 years ago, chef GianCarlo Agnoletti founded a restaurant near Rimini, Italy, that took its inspiration directly from the nearby Adriatic Sea. Mussels, insalata di mare, and fresh-caught fish fueled GianCarlo's passion for northern Italian cuisine—until fate and circumstance carried him to Nashville, more than 4,500 miles from his native Italy, or roughly the length of the world's longest linguine noodle.
But on the arch-lined patio of his current culinary endeavor, Sole Mio, it's not hard to imagine oneself on a quaint Italian street. Aromas of handmade pasta and fresh sauces—all made to order—sweep over al fresco diners, while inside, waiters sidle up to white tablecloths to recommend bottles of wine or perhaps one of the restaurant's regularly changing entrees. Chefs design and cook these rotating dishes depending on the in-season ingredients, but they also whip up special fundraising dinners to support charitable causes such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
When Carrie Underwood took the stage with Steven Tyler for the Super Bowl Fan Jam in February of 2012, her sparkly look—complete with white sequined jacket and multistrand necklace—came from Smack Clothing. The boutique caters to multiple celebrity visitors, including Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, and Tim McGraw, but the 4,000-square-foot store holds two floors of clothing that men and women of any musical ability can afford. Graphic T-shirts, women's camisoles, and a huge selection of dresses and jeans populate the eclectic space, which is decorated with hot-pink and exposed-brick walls, silver beams, a large aquarium, and a silver disco ball that sparkles like a diamond thief's handcuffs.
When he first created his signature fried pastries at home, Anthony White knew he had a hit on his hands. So when his friends and family started raving about the contrast between the crispy fried pastry shell and the creamy texture of the fruity cheesecake filling, he decided to try selling his new recipe to the public. He now sells his treats by the dozen, incorporating flavors such as strawberry, blackberry, and raspberry milk chocolate into his pastries for tart and rich treats. Clients receive their treats frozen, ensuring they have a stockpile of hors d’oeuvres for their next party or night spent tucked indoors with a bottle of wine.
At CiCi’s Pizza, feasters can sample hearty slices of pizza and a wide selection of buffet fare ($4.99 per person over 10 years of age), filling bellies like a pouch-stuffing kangaroo preparing to weather the harsh Australian winter. Offering endless helpings of fresh salads, tantalizing pastas, tasty desserts, and oven-fresh pizzas, CiCi’s tames the most voracious hunger attacks via all-you-can-eat tactics. Pizza dough is made fresh daily and doused in a savory sauce crafted from vine-ripened tomatoes and prescience-instilling spices, while salads are hand-tossed with the freshest ingredients delivered hourly via teleportation.