Posts Tagged ‘pizza puff’

Truffle Pizza Puffs & Beyond


2010
12.12

HAPPY TRUFFLE PIZZA PUFF DAY!!

Sound the vuvuzelas, it was time for magical treats as Truffle Pizza Puff Day finally arrived! After seemingly weeks or months of waiting, the Facebook invites were sent, tweets retweeted, the moment when ideas became reality was finally here. Just like most parties I go to, being one of the first people to arrive for the Truffle Tweetup @RockitWrigley, made me nervous waiting for everyone to come.

We filled out cards on truffle trivia and got our tickets to win the truffle raffle. @MannyNavar circled like a hurricane dropping off handshakes, what’s ups and giving us all a classic dose of @RockitChicago hospitality. Both @TheAW1 and my old roommate never had been over to Rockit Wrigley so we indulged in some of their Thursday night drink specials and I got some cheap Heinkens while the food came piping hot out of the kitchen!

Truffle Pizza Puff

Crispy. Savory. Soaked in absolute truffle. The truffle pizza puffs were a creative redesign of the Chicago classic fast food snack without the super soaked greasiness that brings on the “itis” in thirty minutes flat. Missing was the tomato sauce, but I think the large hunks of mushroom and cheese more than compensated for the lack of tomato. Every plate was swarmed and the plates were clean off by many snatches of the hand.

Truffle Pizza

Not to be underestimated, the truffle pizza was way more impressive than I could’ve imagined. What surprised me the most was just how crispy this bad boy was. The texture was delightful to my senses there was the right amount of cheese and mushrooms on the pizza. In retrospect, it was a surprisingly tasty yet simple recipe. Nothing like good cooking to start off the night right.

Chef

I always love how @amanda2581 will always sneak out the kitchen to say hi! The lady is hard at work but I always appreciate being given the chance to verify that yes, this food is awesome! By the end of the night I somehow got truffle butter and truffle pate off my friend who won a big score of Rockit t-shirt, gift certificate and all other kinds of goodies. All in all it was a great time with a few dozen friends with creative people who know how to let everyone have a good time.


Legendary Food: Searching for the Truffle Pizza Puff


2010
11.21
The classic Il Taco Pizza Puff, Source: Il Taco

Every knows about the Chicago-style hot dog, our deep dish and stuffed pizzas, and of course Garrett’s Popcorn. One overlooked food that’s been a Chicago staple for the past thirty years is the pizza puff. The tastier deep fried cousin of the calzone isn’t universally known by Chicago natives but its authenticity as a Chicago food remains undisputed.

Pizza puffs were invented in Chicago by Il Taco and you won’t be able to find them almost anywhere else in the country. Where can you find pizza puffs? If it’s serving some fast food and using a combination of Vienna or Scala Beef, chances are you’ll be able to find a pizza puff on the menu, just don’t try looking for a pizza puff on certain chains such as Portillo’s or Al’s Beef.

In fifth grade a friend of mine dragged me out to some restaurant out in our northwest side Albany Park and we had some food. I saw him order a pizza puff and wondered what he ordered. My friend was shocked that I never had a pizza puff before, so he sliced me off a piece and I bit into a crunchy pastry filled with mozarella, tomato sauce with some sausage mixed in and of course all greased up from being deep fried.

A few years back some friends from college dropped into town and I made it a point to introduce them all to the pizza puff. We all went in and ordered two apiece, and then took them back to another friend’s apartment to enjoy our bounty. Twenty minutes later, we were all struck with a fierce case of the “itis” and were rendered much too lazy to go out for the rest of the night’s festivities. Lesson learned: pizza puffs are not to be consumed in mass quantities, lest you seek a food coma to knock you into a complacent nap.

Last month, I had a great brunch over at @RockitWrigley and had some of their savory truffle fries. Truffle oil is much more flavorful than regular oil and will send neurons firing at overcapacity from the taste sensation. Being a great chef de cuisine, @amanda2581 took suggestions on things to make and the first thing on my mind was a truffle pizza puff!

After seeing pictures of this truffle pizza puff and hearing @MannyNevar tell me that the truffle pizza puff was real, me and the rest of my friends were dying to try out this legendary food. What would a truffle pizza puff taste like? How much truffle pizza puff can we eat before we are knocked unconscious? It own’t matter now because the search for the truffle pizza puff is over, it’s coming on December 2nd and Christmas is coming early!