Views from Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar
One thing about summer in Chicago, the weather can change rapidly and without warning. This was the case when I got caught by surprise by a thunderstorm heading to dinner at Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar in the Lakeview/Roscoe Village area. Just steps from the Paulina CTA station, Frasca is a great neighborhood spot with a great patio, friendly staff, and a nice ambiance. I was introduced to Frasca by my cousins who are frequent patrons for brunch. After I dried off, I decided that a drink was in order. I selected the House-Made Red Sangria. It was quite sweet, and much needed, especially after sprinting in the rain. I’m not a drinker, so this was just enough to get my dinner experience started.
House-Made Red Sangria
For the appetizer, I went with the Polenta Fries. It was an easy choice at the time because I was quite infatuated with Polenta, having just visited the Polenta Bar in the West Loop a few months prior. At first glance, they look like those French Toast Sticks you serve to your kids, but they were so much tastier. The exterior was a nice golden brown, sprinkled with parmesan, and had a slight crunch. The interior was the smooth creamy polenta that I love so much, well seasoned and hot. It was paired with a garlic aioli dipping sauce. I didn’t eat that many because I wanted to save room for the salad and the pizza.
Polenta Fries with a Garlic Aioli Dipping Sauce
NOW TO THE GOOD STUFF!
Frasca has a beautiful Wood-Fired Oven, and you know there is nothing like a good wood fire Pizza! Yes I know I’m in Deep Dish Country living in Chicago, but there is nothing wrong with switching it up! Frasca has 7 signature pizzas to choose from, but you can also build your own pizza as well. I chose the Rustica Pizza which seems to be one of their more popular pizzas. The Rustica comes with Prosciutto, Oven-Dried Tomato, Basil Pesto, Provolone and Mozzarella Cheese. Quick Tip: Wednesday is their BOGO night for pizza (dine-in only) I added a Caesar Salad to the order, and waited for the pizza to arrive. Boy was it worth the wait!
The Rustica Pizza
The pizza was absolutely delicious! I wasn’t too sure about the basil pesto sauce at first, but it went well with the spiciness of the prosciutto and the sweetness of the tomatoes. The crust was cooked perfectly and there was an abundant amount of cheese in each bite. The Caesar Salad was also nice, the romaine maintained its crunch and the dressing was good. They make their garlic croutons in-house as well.
Last but not least was the dessert. I could say so many wonderful things about the Blood Orange Sorbet that I had, but that would take all day. The only downside is that it’s a seasonal dessert (hurry up summer). It was very creamy and flavorful. Think of it as a frozen San Pellegrino Blood Orange seltzer on steroids.
Blood Orange Sorbet
Overall, Frasca is a great neighborhood spot anytime day or night. With their simple but flavorful menu, they have something that appeals to everyone. Definitely be sure to check out their weekend brunch as well!!!
3358 N. Paulina St
Chicago, IL 60657