Wednesday, June 21, 2006

A night in Chicago

I am a sucker for italian food. So as I was sitting in the hotel, one of my cowrokers called me for dinner. I told him the previous night that I heard of an italian restaurant called "toscany" in chicago's little italy. To my ruprise, we went there, invited by another three guys attending the same conference. As if the guys wanted to surprise me.

Now, there were no waitresses, all italian guys with heavy accent. We sat down, and out waiter came to us. His name was Sahul (pronounced sha-hol). He started by bringing bread, and roasted garlic, dipped in olive oil. He smoshed the garlic, added oil, and spread it on the bread and handed it out to us. He looked like the soup nazi from sinfield, wasn't smiling. We couldn't say no, because he was mkasher, and the garlic just smelled so nice.

Then I took him a side, and said "sahul, I heard that u guys make the best veal parmasian in the world, and it's not on the menue, and I'd like to try it) he starred at me, and said "you got it, I'll make it myself". he leaned to me, and kissed me on both cheeks, and said "are you sure your not italian?" because it seems that this a special dish that only few customers know about it. the guys were impressed with the whole thing. he then brought a bottle of wine, and said "you guys will buy this". Of course no one said no. they drank, and I didn't. Sahul didn't like me not drinking, but the veal parmasian was enough to cool his anger.

He brought me the parmasian, and some pasta on the side, and some fried calamary as well as tommatos covered with cream cheese and olives on the side. I didn't ask for that, but he brought it khawa.

To say the least, this was the best veal parmasian I ever ate in my life, with all sincerity. I ate like there is no tomorrow. It was a great dinner. I was bothered wth the smell of wine, but managed to overcome it with more garlic.

I then went to the bar to smoke my marlboro there. Sahul followed me and sat with me. I was worried that he has some intentions.He asked me "how did I hear about Tuscany's veal parmasian. I told him that an italian friend from indianapolise told me about it. He said "you have a good friend, because we don't make it to all, and it's not on the menue". We chatted for few minutes, enough to know he is a sicilian immigrated here 8 years ago and has 3 daughters.

I went back to the table, and Sahul brought me a frozen lemen ice. It was a lemon, emptied from everything, then italian icecream stuffed in it, and frozen.

I never been happy that much in a restaurant in my life. True that the bill was $270, but I felt so good there, specially that I didn't pay.So next time, when you guys go to chicago, get a cab and tell the driver to take you to Tuscany restaurante' in little italy in chicago (on west tayler street), and ask for Sahul, an old man with a thick hair and a mostach, and then ask for veal parmasian (not on the menue), you will be in heaven on earth. Check the pictures in the link provided here.


Hamzeh N. said...

I know what you mean. It's really good when you're satisfied with a dinner meal at a good restaurant.

I only had veal parmesan once in an Italian restaurant in San Diego. To tell you the truth I didn't like it, I think I'm more of a chicken guy.

Although I love steak. Next time you're in Chicago, try Fogo De Chao. You will not regret that experience.

eyad said...

Hey guys, I want to eat veal parmesan, although its the first time I have ever heard of it :)

salam said...

Hey sounds yumm..I will look up a recipe now and make it for tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

Hey man, whats wronge with Hashim Falfel Yum ... trust me you will have the same satisfaction ;)

hhehe just kidding

Try the Greek Food in chicago Hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

salam said...



2 tbsp. butter
1/3 c. evaporated milk
2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 c. evaporated milk
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
8 oz. can tomato sauce

Melt butter in 12x8 inch pan in 350 degree oven. Dip veal in 1/3 cup evaporated milk. Combine 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, flour and salt; roll dipped veal in this mixture. Place veal in melted butter in pan; bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, combine 1/3 cup evaporated milk and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Pour tomato sauce around partially cooked veal and spoon cheese mixture over top. Bake 20 to 25 minutes more.

Bo3Bo3 said...


Ok I had many veal parmasians in the 17 years I spent in the states. But seriously, Tuscany's one was by far the best. I just have to train myself not to make the same mistake again when I tell my wife about this meal. Last time I told her "honey, I just had the best lasagna in my life". She didn't take that with an open heart because she is an excellent lasagna cook.

Fogo De I come.

salam said...

Amjad you reminded me of this guy we used to know,a friend's friend,his wife shouted at him in our place because he wouldn't stop eating thae yalanji I made and saying how good it was she told screamed at him and said people would think I never make it for you,enough eating,and she was serious,and he actually stopped!

Hareega said...

i'll go the one first in the list (on Rush Drive) it's so close to John Hancock, i won't suhooleh but i'll ask about his cosuin :) thanx abu el ba3abee3

Summer said...

brwosing your old blogs and i am here posting on this old blog of yours.
of course i have been to this place many is nice and Chicago is known for its nice resturants..and you are right about the waiters there, they all look like the soup Nazi. glad you enjoyed your meal.