—There are leaks in the “Chicago style deep-dish pizza isn’t real pizza” narrative coming straight from the center of the madness: New York. Eric Phillips, the press secretary for N.Y. Mayor Bill de Blasio called Pequod’s pizza “the best pizza in the United States and it’s not close” in a Twitter post on Saturday prompted by a visit to the Lincoln Park pizzeria. The post caused shockwaves through New York with an onslaught of social media hate aimed at Phillips. Instead of backing down, Philips (a Wisconsin native) doubled-down on his assessment: “The flat, foldable, salt-less pizza is fine. I eat a lot of it. But it’s not as good as Chicago pizza. It’s like Salisbury steak vs. actual steak. Sorry.” The New York Post grabbed some quotes from an N.Y. pizza expert who attempted to save some face.
This is the best pizza in the United States and it’s not close. pic.twitter.com/wnKBUjuHkl— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) November 12, 2017
—In other deep-dish pizza news, Bulls guard Zach LaVine, a player acquired by the basketball team over the summer and who has yet to play due to injury, also chimed in about if Chicago deep dish is suitable for a 22-year-old pro athlete’s diet. Watch the video from NBC Sports Chicago. He liked it better than former Bulls power forward Pau Gasol.
—Portillo’s made waves by announcing they’re offering delivery through DoorDash. The 54-year-old chain, known for street food like hot dogs, Italian beefs, and its chocolate cake, is trying to appeal to millennials. The Tribune spoke with the principles.
—A documentary on 42 Grams, the two Michelin-starred restaurant that closed abruptly in June, will premiere on a variety of platforms on Friday, according to a Facebook post. Watch the trailer for the movie here below.
—Lincoln Square’s Taco in a Bag has forged an alliance with Doug Sohn, A.K.A. Hot Doug. They’ve unveiled a collaborative walking taco, The Hot Douglas (smoked-garlic sausage, french bean stew, duck cracklinz', panko crust, parsley). It’s part of a recently released menu which also contains a riff on the McRib.
—Chicago Asian Restaurant Week runs through Sunday. They’ve brought together special tasting menus from 30 Chicago restaurants. Participants include Bonchon, Raisu, and Strings ramen. Sorry, South Asia: The roster only includes Chinese and Japanese restaurants. Reservations aren’t required.
—On Thursday night in Wicker Park, The Delta will host a special four-course dinner featuring Michter’s Whiskey, a Louisville-based distillery. It’s a unique event with a cocktail hour with appetizers to start and a a dinner with neat pours of four different whiskies. It’s limited to 20 seats and tickets are $80 each. This is the menu a pork rib (paprika caramel, onion crema, crispy allium), grilled shrimp (cornbread dumpling, confit leeks, sherry étouffée), Hoppin’ John (Green Circle Farms chicken, Carolina rice, black eyed peas), and peach pie (amaretto ice cream, huckleberry, preserved lemon).