Pizza alla Nutella at Pizzeria da Nella ($11.99)
The nutella pizza at Pizzeria da Nella spoke to me in a language only us addicts can hear. According to the waiter, pizza dough is stretched to shape and tossed in the oven without any toppings. After it puffs up for a few seconds, it is removed, and the top part is cut off. Then nutella is spread on the bottom piece, before the top half is placed back on. Finished off in the oven, and then sprinkled with powdered sugar, the result is creamy and sweet nutella between two crispy light layers. Fantastic stuff. Read more here >>
Peanut Butter Nutella Cupcake at Molly's Cupcakes ($3.75)
As mentioned previously, usually we think of Nutella as a peanut butter substitute, but it actually plays well with America's favorite spread. Molly's Cupcakes uses a peanut butter cupcake as the base, topping it with a buttercream Nutella frosting. But as you bite in, you realize that the base has also been filled with more Nutella, creating a dessert that is extra creamy, salty, almost savory.
Nutella Pop Tart at 2 Sparrows ($4.00)
Though the nutella pop tart at 2 Sparrows does actually look like the real thing, it luckily doesn't taste anything like the dry and sugary pop tarts of my youth. Instead of sugary and soft, it's subtle and flakey, with just a hint of the Nutella hanging in the background. If they package these up, I might actually consider adding pop tarts back to my morning routine.
Nutella Gelato at Black Dog Gelato ($3.35)
At first glance, this looks like a simple chocolate gelato, which would be fine considering every single flavor from this acclaimed gelato shop is delicious. But Black Dog Gelato lessens the chocolate profile of the mixture, instead bringing out the pronounced hazelnut profile. Like all the flavors, it's hard to figure out when exactly this flavor is available, but if you happen to find it on the daily specials, it's worth taking the leap.
Black Dog Gelato, 859 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622 (map); 773-235-3116; blackdogchicago.com
Nutella and Walnut Chimney Cake at Chimney Cake Island ($5.50)
Before a few weeks ago, I didn't know what a chimney cake was or why I'd ever want to eat one. But after reading this post, I made sure to stop by the very next day. For the uninitiated, a chimney cake is a spiral of dough, wrapped around a cylinder, which is then baked in a special oven. When it comes out, the exterior is crisp and delicate, while the instead is soft and tender. Just about anything smeared on it would be fantastic. But Nutella and a sprinkling of walnuts works especially well, adding a creamy, hazelnut note on top of the unique tread.
Choco-Banana Empanada at Lito's Empanadas ($2.49)
As much as we love Nutella, an entire empanada's worth would be a bit much. Lito's Empanadas solves this problem by adding banana to the equation. The crust is golden and flaky, giving way to a molten Nutella center, with banana bulking out the mixture, while also adding creamy texture and fruitiness. Sort of like the King-approved peanut butter and banana sandwich, except with 100% more chocolate. Not a bad trade.
La Bomba at Bar Umbriago ($7.00)
Served as a dessert, the La Bomba features a doughtnut that's just a little too crunchy filled with nutella and chocolate. Slice into it with a knife and the filling rushes out of the doughnut onto the plate—you're going to want to scoop this up.
Deluxe Nutella and Brownie Shake at Cookie Bar ($5.99)
To be honest, I went for the Nutella cookie, but Cookie Bar was sadly sold out. Luckily, I could get my chocolate hazelnut craving addressed in shake form. Fudgy brownie bites join ice cream and a generous helping of Nutella. It's decadent and slightly impossible to finish, but definitely worth it if you find yourself in a similar situation.
Nutella Mocha at Ipsento
I know that Ipsento takes its coffee very seriously (that's obvious enough due to the roaster in the middle room), so is it wrong of me to think that the shop's Nutella Mocha tastes sort of like how I remember a mocha from the local gas station—you know, the kind that spurts out of a machine? Okay, so this thought only lasts for a second or two, and then I realized this is tasty and not the least bit revolting, with a haunting hazelnut aroma lingering in the background.
Vanilla Crepe topped with Nutella at Frog N Snail ($8.00)
The brunch dish ($8) lays three folded vanilla crepes atop a thick smear of Nutella with a scoop of milk chocolate cream cheese, crunchy hazelnuts, and bruleed bananas so good they made me forget my bias against the fruit. It's all dusted with powder sugar, and ready to be paired with a cinnamon malt latte.
The Ferrari at Baladoche ($12.76)
This special from Baladoche features a Belgian waffle topped with heaps of crunchy Nutella, gelato, and more Bailey's whip cream than any human should eat in a year. It also comes in a box that is an absolute pain in the ass to eat while standing. Still, there is no doubting the deliciousness of the experience. The waffle stands up firmly to the gelato, only softening slightly. Read more here >>