Taste Chicago is far from high end, or even middle-end. It’s got about a dozen tables, and you go up to the country to order and pick-up your food. It’s most notable for being owned by the actor Joe Mantegna and his wife, and the place is decked out in Chicago sports memorabilia, and focused on Chicago foods. Vienna hot dogs with poppy seed buns, Italian beef sandwiches, and the beloved deep-dish pizza, so difficult to find in Los Angeles, that sort of thing. I've only had the pizza -- if I'm going to make that trek, and not often, I want to get something that's especially hard to get here. The pizza probably would be mid-range back in Chicago, but it's perfectly tasty, and the place is nice and fun, For all the memorbilia of Chicago teams, it's the Cubs material that leaps out, since Mantagna is an esspecially big Cubs fan. (He's been the "guest conductor" at Wrigley Field to lead the crord at least once every season for years.
So, I get to the place, park in their little lot and see this. God love ‘em –
By the way, inside, among all the memorabilia, there's one item that problably doesn't get much attention in the small, wood-paneled building. Just one more piece on wall -- but it may be the most valuable thing in the whol place.
Among all those signature are four players who are now in the Baseball Hall of Fame -- Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins, Billy Williams and Ron Santo. That there is one rare home plate.