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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Old Chicago

Happy Wednesday!

We were invited to Old Chicago to try their new summer treat the "Pizzini". The "Pizzini" is only going to be available until August 15th. It's on the menu for the summer to give you a lighter meal. Now's the time to get to Old Chicago.


There are six "pizzini" styles to partake of:
1) Spinach & Feta

Baby spinach, red onions, Feta crumbles, mushrooms, green chilies, roasted garlic, diced tomatoes, oregano spice and melted Mozzarella cheese. Baked and topped with marinated tomatoes and Feta cheese crumbles. Add chicken for just a bit more.

2) Hot Sicilian

A blend of pepperoni, salami, smoked ham, Parmesan garlic dressing and Mozzarella cheese wrapped and baked golden brown. Topped with pepperoncinis and green onions.

3) BBQ Chicken & Bacon

All white chicken breast tossed in honey chipotle BBQ sauce, smokehouse bacon, green chilies and red onions baked up with melted Cheddar and Mozzarella cheeses. Topped with a tangy pickle onion relish.

4) Grilled Steak & Mushroom

Grilled steak strips, sliced mushrooms, red bell peppers, red onions with fresh basil and Mozzarella, Parmesan and Ricotta cheeses. All wrapped and baked up golden brown, topped with a zesty red pepper relish.

5) Sausage & Meatball

All-beef meatballs, Italian sausage, green peppers and onions, crushed red pepper, our signature marinara sauce and Mozzarella cheese. Baked and topped with melted Mozzarella cheese, marinara and a sprinkle of Parmesan.

6) Chicken Florentine

A delicious blend of seasoned chicken, green onions, roasted garlic and layers of baby spinach and Mozzarella cheese. Baked up golden brown and topped with marinated Roma tomatoes and Parmesan cheese.

We were greeted by the manager Brandy, who let us know that we would be trying 4 of the 6 "pizzini's".

Jonathan picked the Hot Silician and the Chicken Floentine
Barb picked the Grilled Steak & Mushroom and the Sausage & Meatball

Let the tasting begin!

She says: First off, the "pizzini's" looked beautiful. Nice golden crust, and topped with fresh ingredients. I tried the Sausage & Meatball first. It was very tasty, with lots of cheese and sauce. All of the "pizzini's" are served with Wonton Chips dipped in BBQ sauce. The Sausage & Mushroom was my favorite of all 4.

He says: Ok I love pizza in general and have a special fondness for calzones so when we were invited out here I was really looking forward to it. I do wish I liked beer because this place looked to be a beer lovers paradise with 2 full pages of different draft and bottle beers. Bet this place gets lively during football season with all the tvs and beer available.


In general when I take a bite into a pizza I get the burst of flavor of the cheese and the sause but most of the other ingrediants just kind of are a side show, the first thing I noticed when biting into the meatball pizzini was that you actually got a big burst of meatball flavor along with the cheese and other ingrediants which I really liked seemed to combine the best parts of a pizza and a meatball sub , yummm.

Next up was the Steak & Mushroom

She says: Again, beautiful crust (and I love crust). This was my least favorite of the 4 we tried. It's not that it wasn't tasty, it just tasted like the topping wasn't the right mix for the "pizzini".

He says: Well steak and mushroom, how could this not be my favorite ... well somehow it just wasn't. It was'nt bad, far from it but none of the flavors really jumped out at me at all, it was just kind of there. Luckily this is the only one of the 4 that we tried that I felt this way about.


Next up, Chicken Florntine.

She says: This was tasty, with a nice mix of chicken, cheese and onions. There was also spinach in this sandwhich (which I really don't like), but it was spread out enough to not be overpowering.

He says: Bah, I like spinach maybe not mounds of spinach by itself but mixed in to a dish or in a salad I like it alot. This was the first one I tried and it started me out with a very pleasant note. Once again, you got a burst of chicken flavor mixed in with a great sauce and of course cheese. This is the one I would come back for several times. Also want to take note of the "chips" they serve with these. They are fried wontons flavored with a barbaque taste. I like barbaque chips in general and these were darn good. Wish they sold these by the bag. I would be just fine having a large order of these with a coke and sitting back and watching a football game or something.


Last not least, the Hot Silician!

She says: Pepperoni! Smoked ham! Yum! This was my 2nd favorite of the night. The mixture of pepperoni, ham and mozzarella. It was a great flavor combination and a real treat.

He says: Ok, have you ever had a piece of pepporoni that was cooked really well and it fell off onto the plate by itself and when you ate it you got a huge burst of flavor. Biting into one of these is just like that, it slaps you in the face with the taste of pepperoni with each bite and to that I say hit me again :)


As we mentioned, these are only available until August 15th, and we recommend giving them a try. Thanks to Brandy the manager for this special treat. They have a meal deal going starting at $9.99. You get a salad, pizzini, and a dessert. Darn good deal that for most of us will mean lunch for the next day as well. We thank Old Chicago for inviting us over to give them a try. If you like pizza and calzones, I think you really would like these pizzinis.

Thanks again for visiting our Colorado based restaurant and food blog. Next up for us is Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail. She is currently doing well in the show Top Chef and we are looking forward to seeing what her food tastes like in person. If you have any questions feel free to drop us a line here or at barbara or jonathan @milehigheater.com

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