Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ferrara Original, Inc. (Updated 9/6/12)

Multiple Visits...
Location: 2210 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60612
Original Ferrara Bakery on Urbanspoon

A Quick Word:
One of those hidden bakeries in Chicago... they have excellent pastries and they struggle with some of their more savory dishes... but the SFOGLIATELLA is out of this world!  I did find lots of their food to be too oily for my liking and my friends too.

Update 9/6/12:
This restaurant is difficult to find with only an old sign on their brick building, but it is a great place for lunch, especially if you are not wanting to spend too much money and are craving some Italian food.  The crowd varies from nurses to doctors to students and construction workers.  Whatever you do, everyone comes here hungry and leaves satisfied!

What I Ate:

Pizze Diavole (update)

For lunch, Ferrara Original offers personal sized pizzas that cook in about 8 minutes.  So even if you are in a hurry, you can still order one.  I chose the pizze diavole which had tomato sauce, hot salami, hot giardinera, and a mixture of their house blend cheese.  The size of the pizza was nice and definitely filled me up.  The toppings, however, were bad.  The oil level was out of this world.  It literally dripped because of the hot giardinera that wasn't even spicy.  I was really disappointed with the overall pizza.  Not even the crispy thin crust could make up for the mistakes.

Stuffed Peppers (update)

The last time I visited this restaurant, I saw someone's munching on this stuffed pepper entree.  For about a buck more than the other sandwiches and pizza, the stuffed pepper is something I would probably get every time I came to this restaurant.  It is a medium sized green bell pepper stuffed with ground beef, rice, mozzarella, parmesan, and then covered in a tomato sauce.  The pepper kept its bitter flavor and the rice/beef/cheese filling was well seasoned.  The tomato sauce was simple and not chunky at all.  I wish they had chunks of tomato and maybe some other vegetables, but for the price, I can understand the simple tomato sauce.  It comes with a small side salad and bread.  Definitely a more filling lunch than some of their other options.


Layers of filo... filled with an orange custard or some kind of citrus flavored custard.  It was easily one of the best pastries I have ever eaten.  I didn't know how to pronounce it so I just pointed and they mentioned it was one of their specialities!  I just hope they have it every time I go back!


Pretty good cannoli... The filling was a little dense and i wish they had pistachios on the end. But can't complain.  The pricing is a little high, especially for not the most authentic Italian place in the city.  And they don't really look like they make them everyday.  But, it gets the job done if you are craving one of these Italian specialties.

Custard Baba Rhum

Don't really know what this is supposed to be... an interesting pastry? I think its an acquired taste kind of thing because it's definitely weird. Won't be getting this again anytime soon... unless someone can explain what it is...

Tuscan Chicken Sandwich

Finally a sandwich place that doesn't give you three leaves of spinach... This was very tasty... Just wish it they were a little on the heavier side with their pesto! Delicious! (Chicken, spinach, roasted peppers, pesto) 

Sausage Focaccia

Do not get this focaccia or pan pizza or whatever they call it... its extremely oily and just make a person sick to their stomach.  So much grease on the bread and sausage area.  Very disappointing.  It always looks delicious, but I just can't get over it.

The DOs/DON'Ts:

- Get the Sfogliatella!  If they have it that is...
- They have amazing cookies... I will post next time I visit.  The chocolate chips are still melted and they have the perfect amount of crisp on the edges.  I crave their cookies!

- Stay away from the Focaccia breads and also the Baba Rhums unless you have had them before.
- Don't forget to feed the meter... lots of cops in the area!
- DON'T expect to get food here on the weekends... they only serve bakery items.  I found this out the hard way, so hopefully it doesn't happen to you!

How far would I walk for this food?

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