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Tanelli's and La Casa de las Flores, Belmont Central

Paul Mollica | Feb 9, 200410:18 AM

We visit this NW neighborhood a few times a year primarily to go to Riis Park (swimming, kids wading in the Caldwell-designed fountain, sledding in the ridge, skating). The surrounding residences are mostly bungalows. Fifteen years ago this was mostly old country European (Greek, Polish, etc.), but there has been a resounding change with the 1990s immigration, and the population has become more Mexican.

The area is now thick with Mexican resturants, from sit-down places with liquor licenses to tinsy taqurias. For I while I've wanted to explore. I told by kids I was looking for goat taco (no such luck). I wish I could say my first venture this weekend was a success, but La Casa de las Flores was pretty-standard issue, Americano-geared fare. What was advertised as "house special," a grilled pork torta, turned out to be pretty boring and we know from recent postings (Riviera's, Ba Le) that sandwiches don't have to be boring. They advertised a special, "enchiladas potosinas," which I don't know anything about. Maybe I should have ordered it.

Across the street, my sons and I shared a pizza at Tanelli's, a mostly carry-out place with two wobbly tables propped up front. If nothing else, the place smelled great. In an aging Fauld's oven within arm's reach of the counter, they were popping out stuffed and flat pizzas for delivery. Our pizza was above-average Chicago-style thin (i.e. cracker-crust bottom). Points for ingredients (fresh mushrooms were in evidence), and the staff was incredibly friendly.

La Casa de las Flores
5825 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639

Tanelli's Chicago Style Pizza
5806 W. Fullerton

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