Chicken Vesuvio is a majestic stealth specialty of Chicago, unknown elsewhere. Urban legend says that this dish of sautéed and baked chicken and wedges of potato sopped with white wine and lots of garlic was named because it looks like a volcano when plated. (Or it might have been named for a pre-War downtown restaurant named Vesuvio’s.) Steak houses Harry Caray’s and Gene & Georgetti make grand examples of the dish; and there’s a scaled-down sandwich version at Ricobene’s. At Freddie’s Pizzeria, you can get it on a plate with French fries or in a sandwich on fresh-baked bread.
A small corner grocery with an immense menu of sandwiches, hot dishes & superb gelato, Freddy's is a treasured destination for Italian food in Chicagoland.