This article comes to us courtesy of Tasting Table Chicago.
Each month, HuffPost Chicago joins our friends at Tasting Table to highlight our five favorite finds from the city’s sprawling culinary scene. After eating around the city, here’s what caught Tasting Table Chicago editor Heather Sperling’s eye in June.
From the Ashes
<strong>Pizzeria da Nella</strong><br><br>Nella Grassano, who made a name for herself at Spacca Napoli, is back, with a new Lincoln Park headquarters for her superb Neapolitan-style pizza. Don't miss the calzone di Napoli, a double-crusted half-moon filled with fresh ricotta, mozzarella, tomatoes, salami and basil, draped with a thin coat of tomato sauce and fruity Italian olive oil. <br><br><strong><a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/9112/Nella_Grassano__and_her_superb_pizza__is_back.htm?ref=huffPo" target="_hplink">Read more here</a>.</strong>
<strong>Glazed and Infused</strong><br><br>The bakers behind the city's newest doughnut shop, Glazed and Infused, are long on pedigree. One spent years with Krispy Kreme; the other racked up pastry prowess at Charlie Trotter's and the like. In the doughnut shop, this translates to stunners like yuzu-curd-filled lemon cake topped with lemon glaze and candied lemon zest.<br><br><strong><a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/8947/Theres_a_power_duo_behind_Chicagos_newest_doughnut_shop.htm?ref=huffPo " target="_hplink">Read more here</a>.</strong>
<strong>Hot Chocolate</strong><br><br>Whether you're partial to a postprandial cookie plate or a complex pastry composition, the new Hot Chocolate is for you. After a brief renovation (and a James Beard Award), Mindy Segal is back with a more creative dessert menu than ever. For those in the latter camp, the Study--a multipart dessert inspired by a seasonal ingredient--is not to be missed.<br><br><strong><a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/9067/Mindy_Segals_got_her_groove_back.htm?ref=huffPo" target="_hplink">Read more here</a>.</strong>
<strong>Kai Zan</strong><br><br>It's rare that a restaurant opens without us knowing about it. But such was the case with the Ukrainian Village's newest Japanese spot. On a tip from the kind folks of Ruxbin, we visited this jewel-box-size gem for dinner--and were impressed with its creative menu, solid execution and smart décor.<br><br><strong><a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/9214/The_most_charming_Japanese_spot_youve_never_heard_of.htm?ref=huffPo" target="_hplink">Read more here</a>.</strong>
<strong>g.e.b.</strong><br><br>Randolph Street's development shows no sign of slowing down. The newest is the third restaurant from Graham Elliot, a casual, unassuming space with smart and creative dishes. Our recipe for an excellent night includes a glass of rosé and a plate of crisp-skinned and supremely flavorful chicken thighs.<br><br><strong><a href="http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chicago/9091/Three_is_the_magic_number_at_G_e_b_.htm?ref=huffPo" target="_hplink">Read more here</a>.</strong>