Saturday, February 11, 2012

Mercato del Pesce and Caffe Italia

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Last week my dad took Nick and me to the Italian neighborhood on Harlem Ave., where my grandma used to live. The ostensible purpose of our trip was to visit Palermo Bakery, one of the best places for cookies in Chicago. (And we found a cassata, but more on that later). But while we were there we stopped at Caffe Italia, a slick, touristy-looking caffe that actually turns out some genuinely spectacular food and coffee.





The "octopus sliders" appetizer above was miraculous for $9.50. The octopus was tender and perfectly cooked, and nicely grilled and charcoal-flavored. We also got one of their brick oven pizzas. We finished with a round of corretto, espresso that's been "corrected" with a small teaspoon of grappa.

After lunch we went to Mercato del Pesce, the fish market next door. Mainly, I wanted to see if they had baby octopus like the one we'd just had at Caffe Italia.

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Turns out they did!

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Turns out I really like taking pictures at fish markets.

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Caffe Italia
2625 N Harlem Ave
Chicago, IL 60607

Mercato Del Pesce
2623 N Harlem Ave
Chicago, IL 60707

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