Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Danny's Pizza's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Guess what? Danny's Pizza serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Danny's Pizza's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Delivery and takeout are both available if you prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home.
At Danny's Pizza, free parking is offered on the whole block.
Danny's Pizza is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Danny's Pizza is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Danny's Pizza.
If you're looking for the hottest pies in town, you'll want to place your order in quick to Danny's Pizza.
Craving pizza? Head on over to East Longmeadow's Pizza Shoppe for a tasty slice with a crust you can't resist.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Pizza Shoppe has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
The drink list at this pizzeria has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Bring your whole brood to this pizzeria, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Not to be overlooked is Pizza Shoppe's no-charge wifi.
At Pizza Shoppe, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Make a reservation to ensure your night goes according to schedule.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Pizza Shoppe, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
Or, take your grub to go.
Impress the diners at your next gathering by calling in Pizza Shoppe for catering.
Pizza Shoppe's diners can park in a neighboring lot just seconds away.
So stop fantasizing about ordering pizza and call the team at Pizza Shoppe to make that amazing pie a reality.
If you're in the mood for spaghetti and meatballs, East Longmeadow's Villa Napoletana serves up an Italian experience in the heart of East Longmeadow.
Villa Napoletana's low-fat and G-free items make it easy to eat right.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
It's best to call ahead for a table as the restaurant can get packed.
Villa Napoletana's business casual policy makes it the perfect place for a number of occasions.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Villa Napoletana.
Or, take your grub to go.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Villa Napoletana s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
At Villa Napoletana, you can pay with any major credit card.
The restaurant is open from morning through evening, but the dinner menu serves the tastiest reviews.
So amp up your lunch hour with a delicious and authentic Italian meal from Villa Napoletana.
Gio's Pizzeria Inc. does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this pizzeria.
This pizzeria also offers delivery and take-out options for those who want to make it a night in.
At Gio's Pizzeria Inc., diners can score a guaranteed parking spot close to the restaurant.
Commute by bike to Gio's Pizzeria Inc. and find easy bike parking.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Gio's Pizzeria Inc.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at Gio's Pizzeria Inc.
If you're looking for a relaxed space to enjoy a pizza with friends, be sure to stop in at Gio's Pizzeria Inc.
No matter what type of pizza you are craving, Gio's Pizzeria Inc. has you covered.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at De Nardo Pizzeria have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
The menu at De Nardo Pizzeria is loaded with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Warm weather brings out De Nardo Pizzeria's highly coveted patio seating.
Delivery and takeout are both available if you prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from De Nardo Pizzeria to create the perfect night.
Endless parking options are readily available close to De Nardo Pizzeria.
At De Nardo Pizzeria, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, De Nardo Pizzeria is a great dining option for any time of day.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated De Nardo Pizzeria.
After learning about De Nardo Pizzeria, you definitely just found your new pizza place.
For chow mein that's sure to impress, China City
serves top-rated fare.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Free wifi is available as well.
If dinner and a movie are on the agenda, reservations are recommended for a timely night out.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have China City cater for you.
The only thing tastier than our food and drinks is the free parking.
Taste the greatness China City is serving up with meals around $30.
Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at China City — they're open for all three meals.
When you're seeking upscale Chinese cuisine, look no further than China City.
So take your taste buds on a delicious trip to China when you try the delicious cuisine at China City.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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