The Bellezza Gelato is a small ice cream parlor and coffee shop that transports you to a European gelateria in Italy. It is cozy, clean, beautifully decorated and the owner is very cordial and will let you try any of the gelatos. They have their own gelato chef and the treats are many, fresh and delicious. I tried the Carot Cake gelato and it is very earthy and it tastes like "fall". I also tried a chocolate raspberry truffles gelato that was out of this world. I had a strawberry-rhubarb smoothy that was very refreshing and delicious. Go and transport yourself to a little village in Italy - enjoy a cup of cappuccino, espresso, baked treats and a great gelato! They are closed on Mondays, but open at 1:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and on Sundays from 5:00 p.m. to the evening.
The Chicago Diner is my new favorite restaurant!! I went yesterday for dinner and i am still not over it! It is pretty busy so I had a 10-15 minute wait, but once I got in it was the most amazing vegetarian place ever! It is very homey, the waitstaff is very nice, and the atmosphere in general is just great. I could smell the yummy vegan baking.MMM. I had the california Reuben and it was so fresh, delicious and warm. I was so impressed. The side salad with sprouts was also super good. My dad loved his karma burger and he is an ardent meat eater. There is definitely something for everyone. If I could, I would live there. No joke. You need to go here if you are visiting Chicago, even if you are a meat eater.
We made the mistake of getting in the Drive-Thru line late one Friday night. We didn't realize that it was a mistake until 10 minutes later when the line had not moved. Unfortunately for us - we were blocked in; With the building on one side and parked cars on the other, a car in front of us and a car in back we had no escape. 45 minutes later as we finally neared the window we commented to the cashier about the long wait - her answer? "We make each order fresh as you get to the window" a reasonable answer in theory, but FORTY-FIVE MINUTES for 3 shakes and 3 hot dogs!!!! Food was good but not worth even half the wait. Shake was a little thin but 50 flavors makes up for that.