From Our Editors
"A nice job . . . too much of a nice job!" Such was Guy Fieri's verdict on the addictive meatballs at Panozzo's Italian Market when he came to visit for Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Fieri is one of many who have fallen for these morsels, crafted from natural pork, spices, and black currants. It's not all meatballs at Panozzo's, however—the menu and deli cases also hold rustic items such as house-made porchetta and herb-roasted chicken from Gunthorp Farm, one of several local sources for the meat and produce.
Growing up in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood, owner Mike Panozzo relished the community atmosphere of the local Italian markets. When he and his wife Ellen moved to the South Loop, they leaped at the opportunity to establish their own neighborhood gathering spot. They recruited chef John Asbaty to bring the menu beyond the standard Italian deli, a task he prepared for with stints in the kitchens of Trio and Alinea. Along with original dishes, Panozzo's stocks treats from local producers such as Zarlengo's Italian Ice, Nona Santi's Biscotti, and Passion House Coffee Roasters.