—Another pizzeria chain has plans to infiltrate Chicagoland — this one a well-regarded one with roots in sunny South Florida. Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, which began making ex-New Yorker Anthony Bruno’s coal-fired thin-crust pies in Fort Lauderdale in 2002 before expanding to 61 current locations on the east coast, is making inroads to the Chicago market beginning with two suburban outposts this summer, Chicago magazine reports. If those two locations in Orland Park (14205 S. La Grange Rd.) and Lombard (757 E. Butterfield Rd.) do well, Bruno hopes to open as many is 20 in the area. Stay tuned.
—Many local food enthusiasts know bits and pieces of Michelin-starred chef Iliana Regan’s (Elizabeth, Kitsune) extraordinary personal story, but soon enough you’ll be able to read the entire thing — in book form — as well as learn her recipes. That’s because Regan is currently writing two books: a memoir named Burn The Place and a cookbook entitled Elizabeth: The Study Sessions. The memoir, slated for a 2018 release on Agate Midway, will encompass “her life growing up in working-class Northwest Indiana, recovering from alcoholism, and pursuing her career as an untrained gay female aspiring chef in the Chicago food scene,” according to Publisher’s Marketplace; while the cookbook, slated for a 2019 release, will “show how she develops the foraging-based seasonal menus at her acclaimed restaurant Elizabeth.” Regan, who says her creative outlet was fiction writing before she was a chef, tells Eater that “I think (the memoir) will really hit home for people who have things they have longed for and always wanted to do but thought they couldn’t. Maybe they will find they don’t have to wait for anyone’s permission to get whatever they want.”
—Bar Roma, the new Italian restaurant and bar at 5101 N. Clark St. in Andersonville, kicks off brunch service this weekend. The menu, which will be available from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, includes tripe with eggs and potatoes, pastas, salads, meatballs, French toast, frittatas, and an interesting dish named “Torticcia Alla Trastevere” which is similar to Roman-style chilaquiles. Read the full menu on the website.
—The Steak ‘n Egger at 1174 W. Cermak Rd., one of Eater Chicago’s top 24-hour eateries, sadly caught fire on Thursday morning. No one was hurt in the blaze, according to a Tribune report, but the restaurant is currently closed and no further information is currently available.
—And finally, Diana Dávila’s highly-anticipated first own Mexican restaurant Mi Tocaya opened to the public two days ago, and the beverage menu has also now been made available. Read through it below, featuring an elderflower margarita, Oaxacan old fashioned, and a slate of Mexican beers. Further tweaks may be made to the menu, a rep says.