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Dish Thu Feb 09 2012

And Then There Was Burrata

What can be better than ooey gooey mozzarella smeared on a piece of hearty bread? Ooey gooey mozzarella filled with more mozzarella, cream, and sea salt smeared on a piece of hearty bread.

Its name is Burrata, and you can find in on the menu at Chicago's Ciao Napoli Pizzeria in Logan Square. Burrata originated in Puglia, which is the Achilles' Tendon of Italy, and according to Wikipedia, we can thank the Bianchini farm for introducing it. The name conveniently means, "buttered" in Italian and it spreads just like warm, salty, cheesy, I've-never-seen-anything-like-this-before butter and cheese hybrid. Or hot delicious love. Whichever you prefer. It looks like a big-ass scrambled egg without the yolk, but don't be afraid, who needs presentation when you've got hot delicious love and a glass of Italian red wine to keep you comfort during these cold winter days. This is real foodporn, folks.

Ciao is located conveniently off the Logan Square Blue Line at 2607 N. Milwaukee Ave., and offers traditional Neapolitan fare. When you're done with the Burrata ($9) and a wine list that reminds you that you've been buying wine from Trader Joe's too long (try the Falanghina for $9), go in for the thin crust pizzas. And don't worry, with this light Italian style you can leave your resolutions at home (unless you have a second serving of Burrata, which could be highly tempting).

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Johanna / February 10, 2012 7:49 AM

I have had the pleasure of visiting Puglia and tasted these Burrata and along with all other Puglian cuisine they are delicious. I found this website great for getting tips on local cuisine

Donna / February 13, 2012 11:10 AM

and then there's 'stracciatella' which is even worse for you but just as good. Ck it out or try some when you visit us

Jill / February 13, 2012 11:32 AM

Always on the hunt for Burrata cheese, I have to mention that it's also in a dish (the potato gnocchi) at the lovely Stained Glass Wine bar Bistro in Evanston.

I'm just sayin' - I would love it if this post became an area to track restaurants that serve Burrata cheese (which is supposedly only good for a few days after its made, which is why it's hard to find).

Ben / February 16, 2012 11:02 AM

Spacca Napoli has it too, as an appetizer. So tasty!

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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