Eat, Drink and Get Ready.
Saturday night there are going to be 45,000 hungry athletes carbing up for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
If you are looking for a few good recommendations to put on the feed bag, we have a few spots for you to check out. However, our best bet is to do it yourself and cook up something yummy at home.
Chef Joe Campagna, The Chicago Food Snob has cooked us some great recipe ideas for endurance athletes.
The first is a healthy Stir Fry and the second, a healthier version of my favorite Olive Garden dish Steak/Chicken Gorgonzola Alfredo.
Speaking of Olive Garden, don't count it out. The wait is short, there is loads of pasta, salad and bread sticks and it's fairly affordable. Click here for local locations.
If you live North, The Italian Kitchen in Deerfield, is my pre-big race place to eat. They have a dish called Tortellacci, it's like a giant tortellini stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese that is 100% yummy and one of my pre-race favorites.
West- Moretti's in Schaumburg is a great spot to feast on your favorite Italian food and keep your wallet in check. Make sure to check out the Rustic Penne Pasta.
Chicago- Volare is right off Michigan Avenue, but still has a neighborhood restaurant feel. Big portions and an amazing menu, 201 East Grand Avenue, reservations
are recommended, the food is outstanding.
In the city, there is the usual fair of Rosebud, Maggianos and Buca de Beppo. However if you are looking for some of the best pasta in town, then Rose Angelis
is hard to beat. More than just piled on pasta, the art of of great Italian cooking is top notch at Rose Angelis. Tortellini con salsa di noce is a gorgonzola filled tortellone tossed with grapes in a walnut
pesto cream sauce and will fill you up full of carbohydrate goodness. The wait is usually a little long on the weekends, so make sure to wear
comfy shoes. If the weather is good, you can sit outside.
Cooking at home before a big race, always a good idea, but if you do venture out, these spots should give you the nutrition you need without the lines or long wait.