This is going to be a short update because, hey, work occasionally needles its way into life and this week has been one of those.
First, go to Babbo’s, really. Skip the chicken spedini and order the chicken parmesan – it blew our chicken parm-snob socks off last night. Also: lasagna, spaghetti bolognese and Caesar salads are killer and the service on our most recent visit (last night), was pitch-perfect. Dude was there and not there, you know? Knew the menu, the wine and when and how to check on things. I’m not saying it’s perfect (there’s that bread, the overcooked chicken and the silverware delivery that seems to be throwing some off), but after three visits I’m comfortable saying that Columbia at last has a Big Boy Italian place. (And it’s pronounced “BOB-ohs”).
In other news, the Hy-Vee on West Broadway is carrying two things you need to go buy: 1) Lucky Peach magazine, the brainchild of irreverent uber-chef and raconteur David Chang, and 2) Humboldt Fog cheese, simply one of the greatest cheeses made in the United States. Giddy. Up.