Osteria La Madia opened over seven years ago, and has been wood-firing home made pizzas ever since. Named for an Italian cabinet traditionally used to knead dough and store bread, La Madia is an urban restaurant upholding Italian tradition of making pizza dough and fresh pasta from scratch. While I have visited for dinner many times before, this time, I was there for the brunch.
An Italian brunch menu is offered every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., now with a $22 prix fixe option, which includes the choice of any antipasti, any brunch entree or wood-fired pizza, and a flute of Prosecco or Bellini. And, each table also receives a basket of mini-donuts from sister restaurant, Firecakes. Perfect for a cozy winter brunch.
My friend and I decided to order our own antipasti or entree, and then share a breakfast pizza. I ordered the Smoked Salmon from the antipasti menu – though it was definitely large enough to share. The nicely smoked salmon was served with a dressed arugula salad, caper berry gremolata, soft boiled egg, and ciabatta toast. The smoked salmon was delicious, and all of the components of the dish worked together nicely, with the gremolata adding a bit of saltiness to the richness of the salmon and egg, and nuttiness of the arugula. I really enjoyed it.
My friend ordered the Fried Egg Bruschetta from the entree section of the menu. Two fried eggs were served over grilled ciabatta, with garlic spinach, lemon aioli, bacon, sausage, and Fontina cheese. This dish was hearty and she thoroughly enjoyed it.
For the pizza, we ordered the Triple Pepperoni Signature Pizza, only we held the pepperoni and added fried eggs. Served simply with mozzarella, basil and white truffle oil, it ended up making the perfect breakfast pizza, with more than enough left over for later.
We were very happy with our brunch at La Madia. It is the perfect spot for a casual brunch for families or friends, with good food and friendly service.
Osteria La Madia is open for lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner 7 days a week, and brunch on Sunday. Happy Hour is also offered at the bar Sunday through Thursday, and includes half-off all wines by the glass and $2 bruschetta. Reservations are accepted.
59 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60654
While my meal was complimentary, all opinions expressed herein are my own.