A Quick Word:
Finding good Italian food in Chicago seems to be more of a chore than enjoyable. There are some great ones and even more pitiful excuses for Italian cuisine. It becomes even more of an adventure when you try to find good Italian street food. When I stumbled across L'Appetito, I was hoping this more street food style restaurant would be the answer. Unfortunately, it didn't even come close. First of all, their menu is essentially sandwiches, a pasta salad, and arancini. Personally, the arancini had the potential to bring them to the next level, but the arancini fell flat. It was beyond oily and mine even came out cold. The restaurant itself is more like a cafe with no servers. Be sure to grab extra napkins to wipe off your table! I was extremely disappointed with this place and could only give them a 1.5-mile rating... and that's being generous.
What I ate:
With two arancinis on the menu, I decided to give both a try. The first was the meat ragu arancini. This risotto ball is stuffed with ground beef ragu mixed with mozzarella cheese and peas. It is then rolled in bread crumbs before being deep fried. When first breaking the arancini in half, I found it to be an oily mess. It must have filled with oil during the frying process. The amount of filling was definitely subpar with one half of the arancini having barely any of the ragu.
Spinach and Ricotta Arancini
The other arancini I tried was their spinach and ricotta version. And, it was filled with just that, a mixture of chopped spinach and ricotta cheese. This was was just as disappointing because it was much colder than the ragu one. If you can tell by the picture, the filling didn't even fall out of the arancini when cutting it in half. This one wasn't as oily, but still not that appetizing.
- Ordering process: Head to the back and order at the deli area. Then carry your food to the front of the store to pay. It seems confusing because there are plenty of tables, but those tables are used after you pay for your meal.
- I find this place to be more of a tourist trap near Michigan Ave., and for that reason, I don't recommend it at all.
How far would I walk for this food?