The Dish Blog

Exciting things to do, see, and experience in Chicago along with a behind-the-scenes-look at Tastes of Chicago.
Lou Malnati's Ingredients
Every pizza is made from scratch, flash frozen, then shipped via UPS on dry ice to preserve its fresh-out-of-the-oven taste, so you can enjoy Chicago's best pizza and its …read more
Spotlight on: Real Urban BBQ
In addition to serving up savory goodness, the laid back, cool atmosphere at Real Urban BBQ's Chicagoland locations provides a casual and fuss free (but far from napkin f …read more
The History of Lou's
The History of Lou's Decade by decade, slice by slice, take an in-depth look at the history of Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, serving Chicago's best deep dish pizza since 1971. …read more
Spotlight on: Manny's Deli
Perfectly seasoned corned beef, piled sky high between two slices of rye bread, spread with spicy horseradish mustard. Sounds downright delicious, right? Mann …read more
Spotlight on: Lezza Desserts
The master bakers at Lezza Desserts have been serving delicious pastries since 1905.Many of their recipes have been preserved and passed down for generations, and can be …read more
Best Holiday Food Gifts
Looking for the perfect present that will satisfy the cravings of your favorite food fan? Look no further than Tastes of Chicago for the best holiday food gifts!Our top p …read more
St. Patrick's Day Food
When it comes to St. Patrick's Day food ideas, corned beef is always at the top of the list! And cabbage...if you like that sort of thing.All cabbage aside, for the quint …read more
Mother's Day Gift Delivery
Take it from the experts...the best Mother's Day gifts come from Chicago. So for the best Mother's Day gifts delivered straight to mom's door, look no further than Tas …read more
Epic Cheese Pull
In honor of National Cheese Pizza Day, the cheesiest of holidays, check out this epic cheese pull. There's nothing quite like that streeeeeeeeeetch of mozzarella cheese …read more
Spotlight on: Kay's Candies
Kay Giglio of Kay's Candies may be 88 years old, but that doesn't stop her from continuing to make some of the best candies in Chicago!ABC 7 Chicago recently featured Kay …read more
A Spreading Hearts Story
What does it mean to give someone a heart? It's more than a tiny piece of metal, because when you spread a heart, you're showing someone that they have touched your …read more
Deep Dish vs Thin Crust
We make it. We talk about it. We analyze it. We taste it. We sell it. When it comes to pizza, you name it we do it. Every day, all day. But it seems more than ever ever …read more
Spotlight on: Portillo's
Dick Portillo is very familiar with the term "humble roots." After all, the first Portillo's (then known as "The Dog House") was nothing more than a 6' x 12' trailer w …read more
Spotlight on: Apple Villa
Apple Villa was started in 2002 by brothers Andy and Peter Spentzos. The brothers' love for the restaurant business started young when they worked in their father's resta …read more