While traveling, a lot of interactions, incidences, moments happen and few of them always make a mark in your memory. You don’t need something extraordinary to remember those instances, at times you just feel a connect with a particular cafe, art museum, person or a national park maybe.
One such restaurant recently caught my fancy, mainly because of our lovely server.
After apartment hunting in Chicago (we moved to Chicago from Cincinnati last year), husband and I were heading back to Cincinnati and took a turn just before entering Indiana (exit onto Indianapolis Boulevard) to grab a bite (coz, always hungry). We could see the usuals when we got off the highway i.e Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s, Five Guys which really didn’t look appetizing at that moment.
A quick search on Yelp took us to Pucci’s Restaurant & Pizzeria.
Upon entering, we were greeted with a cheerful Hello from a kind lady who continued as our server. The pizzeria itself gave us vibes of the America in 1950’s, like an old diner which was empty at 3 pm during the weekday.
We settled down comfortably at our table, as there was a homely vibe in the restaurant and it’s always a bliss to find something comforting after 2-days of stress! Our server started a conversation with us instead of taking an order right away, which put us at ease and helped us understand what dishes are the most popular in their menu. We took her recommendations, ordered a pizza & calamari fritters and ended up tasting the best marinara till now (I know Italy would do better than that).
She (our server) saw us enjoying the marinara all by itself after we had gobbled up the fritters and got more sauce for us! The pizza and fritters were also great to taste compared to the Italian you get in America, usually. We, however, were just completely lost in that Marinara.
As we had leftovers, like always, she offered to pack our food so that we can have something on the long drive back home. To make it easier for us, she packed everything in compact boxes and asked us to use the disposable plates in the packet. After keeping everything on our table, she said: “I packed everything just like your mom”!
Naturally, after moving to Chicago, we went back to Pucci’s and when we entered, the same lady greeted us with “So, you’re back!”
And, that made our day!
This time we also bought their signature Marinara sauce because none of the packaged ones can ever compete to that taste. Our sweet server packed a giant box for just $10!
Do give this place a visit if you are around. Also, would love to know about any travel tales that make you smile!
Location: 10063 S Ewing Ave, Chicago, IL 60617