Monday, January 4, 2010
spot: D’Amato’s Bakery
address info: 1124 W. Grand Ave. 1-312-733-5456
food type: Italian Bakery
neighborhood: West Town, West Loop
D’Amato’s Bakery for the best “Margarita” that’s not a drink!!!!
D’Amato’s Italian Bakery is easily one of Chicago’s best! And besides the bread and cookies, one of my absolute favorites at D’Amato’s has to be their one and only “Margarita” pizza bread.
This is basically like Foccacia, which is the really thick doughy type pizza bread that’s served with only tomato slices, olive oil, and Italian seasonings. And those are great, but you really have to wanna eat a lot of dough.
This is where my lovely little “Margarita” comes in. It’s pretty much the same as the Focaccia, but it’s only a little over an eighth of an inch thick. That’s it!! This also allows the bottom, as well of the rest of it to be a little crunchier, which I absolutely love!! And it really holds the olive oil into the dough better when it’s thinner, and that helps give it that extra juicy and oily crunch. Which is the perfect compliment to the soft and warm tomato slices on top, smothered in olive oil and Italian seasonings.
These aren’t the only goodies at D’Amato’s, they also have excellent pan pizza slices which are “Monte-licious!” Those are actually another one of my favorite things to get there. And they have terrific butter cookies, bread, rice balls, cannolis, etc. Nothing is over $4 or $5 And I think it’s the daughter or grand daughter who is there runnin’ the place most of the time, and she is really cool and as good looking as they come.
And lastly, this is huge too: They will try to bag yer goodies in plastic. NO!!!!! Plastic bags ruin the crunch! No crunch, no good. Ask for everything to bagged in paper. Yeah it can get greasy, but if you lose the crunch…. You lose everything.
Posted by Monte at 7:20 AM