First, I didn’t manage to do the live feed. I had psyched myself up for it, even though I was super nervous about it. Mom forgot to pack my walker (and beat herself up about it all weekend) so carrying my laptop around didn’t happen. Also, we were all having so much fun catching up with mom and dad’s friend The Bard that I really didn’t want to interrupt that. I will do a live feed sometime soon, though. I would like to practice a few times first.
Second, I would have posted about this much sooner but we got back and mom got super sick and I didn’t want to ask her to help me with my blog until she felt better.
So, first things first: We learned that it is a really long drive and when you have cerebral palsy, that means stopping a lot because your legs really start to hurt after a few hours in the car. I have never been on a road trip this long so it was a little bit of a surprise to all of us how often I needed to get out and stretch my legs. That worked out well for mom, too.
Second, I like tunnels it turns out. This is Big Walker Mountain tunnel in Virginia. I wish we could have stopped and walked around in it.
We learned that Indiana has a lot of windmills. Miles and miles of them.
We also learned that mom hates tall bridges like this one:
Mom closed her eyes right after she took this and didn’t open them again until dad told her we were off of it.
But you didn’t come here to see bridges and windmills. So, food!
Our first night in Chicago, we were really tired so we decided to order in. Our Airbnb host recommended a local Italian restaurant and I have to say, she has great taste in food. We ordered from La Villa Restaurant. Mom had a great time talking to the lady who took our order. She was very helpful in giving some menu suggestions and had a great sense of humor. Dad had Brasciole: flank steak layered with prosciutto ham, mozzarella cheese and seasoned bread crumbs, rolled, baked and topped with meat sauce. I tried some. WOW. I definitely want to order that myself sometime.
I had Eggplant Parmigiana with linguine. It was as big as my head. Not kidding. And the texture was perfect. You can really mess up eggplant, La Villa doesn’t. The pasta was perfect (mom said I should say “al dente”) and the meat sauce was well balanced. You know how some places make it too acidic or not enough meat? Not this place. Nailed it. Mom had the chicken parmigiana with linguine and said it was some of the best she ever had. She grudgingly let me try some and I have to agree, it was amazing. The chicken was cooked to perfection and you could tell they used fresh mozzarella. Our compliments to the chef all around. And bonus: they deliver. Good to know if you make it to Chicago after a really long day (or two!) on the road and want amazing Italian food but don’t really have the energy left to go out.
And last but not least, Tiramisu. I have never had such perfect Tiramisu. The texture was just right and the cocoa dusting wasn’t too little and wasn’t too much. Everything about this Tiramisu was just right. It would be worth two days in the car to go back to Chicago just for the Tiramisu. I seriously want to go back to Chicago to eat at the actual restaurant, but I wouldn’t be upset with delivery again, either.
So, here’s how I rated them (this was on 9/9/2016):
- Space and accessibility – N/A we had delivery
- Sanitation – 5 everything was very clean. Our food was packaged very nicely. Well organized and they packed all of the things you would want for takeout: utensils, napkins, butter for our bread, salad dressing, and extra utensils for dessert.
- Friendliness of staff – 5 the lady who took our order mom said was super nice and knew the menu very well. We were really tired and mom said this lady had some serious patience to deal with us because we were so hungry we couldn’t make up our minds. The delivery driver was really nice and told us which food was in each bag, and welcomed us to Chicago. I guess we sound southern after all.
- Service time – 5 they said 45 minutes and it was more like 35.
- Overall taste – 5 have you ever had a meal that’s so good, you catch yourself eating really slow so it lasts longer? That’s how good this food is.
- Bang for your buck – 5 you really can’t beat the price for the portion sizes and quality of the food. Note: the portions here are HUGE. Dad finished his meal but mom couldn’t and as much as I wanted to, neither could I. But hey, that meant we got to have more later!
I will write more about our Chicago trip and the places we saw and the delicious food we ate in the next few days.
Special thanks to mom for taking pictures and dad for driving for days.