A Quick Bite for Pizza at La Madia

ItalyWe stopped into La Madia (59 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL), a casual-chic pizza spot for a quick lunch in the midst of some museum hopping. The restaurant itself is clean and modern with casual striped booths as well as an extensive bar, that seems to be hopping at most any hour. It seems like the perfect place to catch a soccer match or a business lunch. The specialty of the house is wood fired Neapolitan-style pizza, so naturally we thought that would be the perfect lunch. L got the wild mushroom and mozzarella pizza and M ordered lamb sausage pizza ($11). The signature thin crust was crisp, but not hard, and held up well to the toppings. The sausage was delicious – it is cured with fennel and actually made in-house. The mushrooms on L’s pizza were abalone mushrooms and perfectly complemented the delicate mozzarella. Many people seemed to also be enjoying the extensive wine list – each pizza even comes with a suggested wine pairing. The verdict: Good thin-crust pizza in a good location.

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