Turning Over A New Leaf

As featured in Chicago Magazine’s ‘Dish’ column:

When New Year’s resolutions began on Tuesday, Pizza D.O.C. turned over a new leaf to become Himmel’s (2251 W. Lawrence Ave., 773-784-8777), a German-inflected restaurant under the same ownership. “Since the beginning, we have wanted to make it more European,” says Carol Himmel, co-owner with her sister, Diana Himmel-Krewer. “People were saying, ‘We are going to Himmel’s,’ anyway. Time to be proud and put our name on the shingle.” D.O.C.’s menu of pastas, salads, and woodburning-oven pizzas remains available, now augmented by dishes such as hand-scored pork shank (a dish common in Munich, the sisters’ ancestral home), beef rouladen, and champignon rahm schnitzel, as well as more wood-oven options, including chicken, bone-in rib eye, and fish. Funny, our own resolution resembled crossing the Alps, too—cleaning our desks.

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