Monday, July 2, 2012

Bar Toma

Bar Toma was opened by 2005 James Beard Foundation recipient, Chef Tony Mantuano, also the owner of Spiaggia.  Bar Toma offers a casual Italian dining experience right next to Michigan Avenue.  Rustic pizzas are baked in a huge wood burning brick oven that can be seen in the restaurant's open kitchen.  Definitely swing by for lunch or dinner if you're craving authentic and comforting, neighborhood Italian food.  Reservations can be made via Opentable or Yelp
110 E Pearson St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-3110
3 stars on Yelp

The huge wood burning brick oven. 
I love how the lamps match the dome of the brick oven. 
 Potato chips with orange salt. 
Treviso & goat cheese crostini. 
Amazing!   A perfect mix of sweet and savory flavors.
Tasting of three from the Mozzarella Bar.  Fior di latte, mozzarella di bufala, smoked, 
 Genovese pesto, lardo pesto, Sicilian pesto  Fantastic! 
Bar Toma salad.  Radicchio, arugula, egg, fennel, capers, celery, carrots, cucumbers, Toma cheese, and cherry tomatoes. 

Calamari and octopus ala plancha.   Very tender and perfectly seasoned. 
Bomba! Milano
House specialty.  La Quercia prosciutto and Parmigiano Reggiano. 
The server pops the huge Bomba! at the table. 
And immediately drizzles olive oil over the entire pizza. 

Then pull apart and eat! 
Merguez.  Pinn-Oak lamb sausage, pachino tomatoes, olives, pistachios, manchego. 
Margherita.  Mozzarella, tomato, basil. 

Calabrese.  Becker Lane sausage, Calabrian chiles, mozzarella, tomato. 
Gelato menu.

Pistachio gelato.

Nutella Pizzelle.  Pizzelle cookies, vanilla gelato, nutella, crushed hazelnuts.  Amazing!! 
Mammaluchi.  Italian doughnut stuffed with lemon maramellata. 

Happy eating.


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