I visit Chicago regularly from my home in Michigan and I enjoy reading the advice and recommendations of all on this board. A recent post about Italian markets was interesting, and on Sunday 2/8, I set out to check out several of those suggested. Caputo's on Harlem is indeed a wonderful store for produce. The bakery had some nice looking pastries, but the rest of the place was not that different from any local grocery store.
I also went back to Joseph's Market on Irving Park. I am surprised nobody mentioned this market in the earlier post. I found this market after reading about it many years ago, and on my first trip I had the absolutely best canoli I have ever tasted! They were just bringing out a full sheet pan of them, it was 10:30 am, and I just had to try one. As I bit into it, the crispy, crunchy sweet shell exploded, sending shards of crispy, crunchy shell all over me and the floor, along with some powdered sugar and creamy sweet filing, all of which was a wonderful experience for me. Lucky me- on Sunday a fresh tray had just been put in the display case, and they are still absoultely the best canoli I have ever had. Also, the foccacia in the back on top of the meat case are great. We bought one that was still warm, and when I realized this, I handed it back to the clerk and asked him to cut it so we could eat it right then. It was wonderful. I think Joseph's has a better meat dept. than Caputo's and I will keep going back for the canoli and foccacia.
Any other suggestions for great canoli in Chicago???