There’s a restaurant here in Chicago called SoNo Woodfired.
I like it. I like it so much that the last time I dined there, my server recognized me.
The thing is, I had always dined at SoNo after dark, and the lighting was so crappy that none of my pictures did its pizza justice. Last Friday, I rectified that situation.
On that particular evening, I had taken my parents out for a nice dinner. I warned them that they needed to put their party pants, because this pizza is no Domino’s.
Starting with a glass of montepulciano d’abruzzo.
I mean, I can’t pronounce it, but I can drink it.
And a Lagunitas for my dad. I suggested he try it for the first time and…he liked it! Yay for me!
We started with a spinach+arugula salad and a piece of prosciutto bruschetta to share. (Yes, we cut that one bruschetta into 3 pieces)
If that’s not food porn, I don’t know what is.
Let’s look at it again.
And those were just the appetizers.
We split two pizzas. We like to eat.
Stop judging us.
First, the “funghi”. Wild mushrooms, truffle oil, sage (I think) and the most amazing, melty cheese.
Those are clearly not button mushrooms. That is quality right there.
I’d tell you what kind of mushrooms they used, but that pie was inserted directly into my piehole before you could say montepulciano d’abruzzo.
And the “pancetta”. This is, pants down, my favorite pizza at SoNo.
Bufala mozzarella, crispy thin pancetta, arugula and oven-roasted tomatoes.
You can’t see the glory that is that pancetta under the arugula very well, but this pizza just…works.
This girl <— happy place.
I even razzed the server enough (and by razzed, I mean, I’m really cool and friendly) that he brought us some free desserts!
This panna cotta was insane. Alls I know is that caramel sauce was dangerous.
And a few scoops of gelato. One was a salted caramel and the other was a goat cheese something or other.
Can’t get that at Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors, kids.
If you live in Chicago, get thee to a pizza parlor.
And make sure it says “SoNo” on the door.
Because this can be you, too.
Excuse me while I close my eyes and go back to my happy place for a moment.