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Wine and Cheese Pizza at La Madia

by Matt B on August 27th, 2008

Who says pizza is unrefined? Certainly not La Madia, a River North restaurant whose motto is 'Art of Pizza, Love of Wine.'

wineYou'll know this isn't any ordinary pizza place when you see the floor-to-ceiling wine wall behind the bar. Groups of friends and romantic couples fill the striped booths and the pizza bar surrounding the wood-burning oven. The atmosphere is business-casual, so while you'll want to don more than t-shirt and jeans, leave the neckties and high heels at home.

The menu at La Madia (just around the corner from Blue Water Grill) features about a dozen contemporary thin-crust pizzas, all paired with a suggested wine. Go simple with a classic margherita, or all out with triple pepperoni, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and white truffle oil. The dough topped with house-made fennel sausage, sweet peppers, and Vidalia onions is an impressive dish. There are a number of non-pizza options as well, including slow wood-roasted pork, butter-poached shrimp, and papardelle promodoro. And while specific wines are suggested for some entrees, you are welcome to choose from the over 200 vintages available.

In Italy, la madia is a piece of kitchen furniture, a cupboard with a covered trough on top for making bread. When your cupboards are bare, check out the upscale fare at La Madia.

Photo credit: (c/o SXC) Carlos Zaragoza

La Madia ($$): 59 W Grand Ave; 312-329-0400
Sun ' Thurs: 11:15 a.m. ' 11:15 p.m.
Fri ' Sat: 11:15 a.m. ' 12 midnight
Street parking difficult; valet available
Public trans: Bus # 29, 36, 65 or Red Line train (Grand)

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