Friday, May 3, 2013

Date Night: The Place Beyond the Pines & Marie's Pizza and Liquors

Brian and I went to a movie and dinner last Saturday. We saw The Place Beyond the Pines, which we both really liked. Yes, it stars Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, but it isn't a player (Crazy, Stupid, Love) or frat boy (The Hangover) type of movie. We saw it at the art house theater, if that tells you anything. I don't want to say more, other than it's 2-1/2 hours long, so don't drink too much soda or whatever. Also, I didn't post the trailer because I think it reveals too much.

We planned to eat at Mia Francesca on Clark Street, which is right in the middle of Wrigley-/trendyville. We drove past and saw through the windows that it was crowded and that the tables were too close together for my taste. I hate it when I'm practically having a meal with the people on either side of me. They may not be paying me any attention at all, but I'm convinced that they are because I'm paranoid like that, and then I feel self-conscious and can't enjoy my meal or my company, even if it's my husband. And I keep thinking that I'm going to bump elbows with the people on either side of me. Who wants to feel like that?
Way too close together.
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So we decided on a place called Marie's Pizza and Liquors. Yep, it's a pizza place that's connected to a liquor store, and that we heard about from one of Brian's co-workers. We've been meaning to go there, and that night seemed perfect. We arrived around 8:30 and the place was packed, but we only had to wait about 15 minutes. The place is old school -- red vinyl booths, etched mirrors, wood paneling, chandeliers. Freakin' awesome. Nothing at all trendy about this place.

We had toasted ravioli and jalapeƱo bottle caps for appetizers. I liked the cheese ravioli better than the meat. The bottle caps are sliced jalapeƱos lightly battered and deep fried. The no-nonsense waitress wasn't kidding when she said they were spicy, and kept my Sprite coming. These tided us over while we waited for our pizza, which was good.
I know the picture sucks, but my phone
was dying so the flash wouldn't work.

A band called the Gino Fontine Strolling Trio was playing that night. They went from table to table taking requests, but they mostly played jazz tunes. Gino plays a violin, while the other two play a stand-up bass and acoustic guitar. They were my favorite part of the experience! And it definitely was an experience. I'm sure the food at Mia Francesca is better, but it's the overall experience that counts, amirite?



Linking up with the folks at yeah write this weekend for the moonshine grid #107. Hope to see you there!


38 comments:

  1. That sounds awesome! The movie sounds good! Also, I totally hate when tables are close together because then I can't pay attention because I AM accidentally eavesdropping on people! I hate it! It's so distracting!!

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  2. we frequent a breakfast spot where the tables are too close. I love everything about it but that!

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  3. I know where I want to eat in Chicago. Thanks for the movie tip. I love the big screen but I am picky about what I go to. Only get to go about once a month. Take care, Ann

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  4. I have been wanting to see that. The place looks beautiful.

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  5. Tracy @ Life's Back RoadsMay 4, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    What is this "date night" you speak of?! It's been way too long since my hubby and I have done that! I'm so jealous as it sounds like it was perfect... :)

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  6. Sounds like a perfect date night to me. I like casual and fun places best. i also hate being right next to others. Funny thing, if you go to one of them alone with a book, I always get someone next to me that wants to include me in the conversation, very sweet often, but sometimes I like quiet and a book. Alan and I love to go to a local burger place on Saturdays, and then we go next door to Stew Leonard's wine store as they have free tastings then. It is always a hoot, and we find something to add to our collection.

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  7. Sounds perfect to me. I used to think that fancy restaurants and expensive food used to be the pinnacle of romance. Nope, not at all, it's being with the person you love and loving your time together.

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  8. Sounds like a great evening. I'll have to look for that movie.

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  9. Sounds like fun.

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  10. Right! And if I'm eavesdropping on them, than it stands to reason that they're eavesdropping on me! lol

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  11. I don't know why, but it doesn't bother me as much at breakfast places. It still bothers me, but not enough to eat someplace else.

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  12. We used to go to the movies more often, but lately there hasn't been much out that we've wanted to see. Or we'll just watch them on cable.

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  13. Aw, don't be jealous! But it was perfect. We made a great choice and want to go back.

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  14. I think we're beginning to figure out that the trendy places aren't for us. lol

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  15. It was! The movie was really good. Of course I like both Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, so that helped!

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  16. Bradley Cooper yes. Ryan Gosling -- his fatal attraction over the masses has yet to infect me, but I'm will to risk exposure.

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  17. Well, it definitely won't infect you in this movie. lol

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  18. that made me laugh.

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  19. Natalie the SingingfoolMay 4, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    What a fun date night! Sounds like a good movie, if it's not a frat boy/player movie, I'm in! :)

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  20. www.icescreammama.comMay 4, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    sounds like a great night!

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  21. It's about desperation, fathers and sons, real themes! Not about picking up chicks and partying ;-)

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  22. I'm glad your improvising made the night a little better.

    My wife and I are finding that we're having more fun trying new out of the way places when we go out, rather than stand in line to get into some fancy shmancy joint.

    It's been a couple months since we had a movie/date night, I think it may be time to have another. :)

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  23. We like trying new places, too, but Brian won't stand in line at a restaurant because, as he says, "This isn't Russia. I'm not going to stand in line for food." ;-)


    You should! It had been some time since we had a date night, too.

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  24. Sounds like a great evening. My husband and I met in Chicago, and we used to have a lot of evenings like this. Now that we're older and live in a smaller city, we mostly stay in, cocoon, and watch videos. I miss the kind of date nights you described.

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  25. Who needs trendy? It's more important to enjoy yourself and the food!

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  26. Sounds like a fun evening and the food sounds absolutely yummy. I've been waiting to hear a review from someone I know about that movie. We're trying to get a movie plan down, too many to see.

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  27. We don't get out as much as we'd like, but every Friday night is take-out/DVD night!

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  28. It's a really, really good movie. Intense and dramatic, but not like in a melodramatic way. Definitely go see it.

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  29. We have a place in town that has a fried ravioli app with a creamy pesto dipping sauce that I LOVE. My hubs and I were just talking about going on a date night. We need to.

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  30. Oohh! The creamy pesto sounds yummy. Ours came with standard marinara. You should definitely go on a date night!

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  31. That sounds like a great date night! Almost makes me want to get out there & date again. Almost.

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  32. I have a confession -- this date was actually with my own husband. If I weren't married, I really doubt I would be out there dating!

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