For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked POSE to share his favorite place to eat. POSE is a Chicago-based graffiti writer and fine artist, known for his progressive lettering style, technical precision and pop-culture references. His exhibition, White Wash, is on view at Known Gallery through December 10.
Continue reading for his answer.
“My favorite place to eat is Bari foods,” POSE says. “It’s a small family owned Italian grocery and deli on Grand Ave in Chicago. Although most of the day it’s packed and there isn’t room to eat there, they serve the best Italian sub I’ve ever had, hands down. The bread is made fresh daily at D’Amato’s (which is an old Italian bakery next door), and filled with Capicola, Genoa salami, Mortadella, provolone and Bari’s homemade Giardiniera (I highly suggest getting the hot Giardiniera). My lunch combo consists of an Italian hot with a side of olive salad and an Aranciata to wash it all down. If you’re scared of this killer combo, the homemade sausage and peppers comes in at a close second.”
“I fell in love with this place as a teenage gopher/bad construction worker who had to go pick up the sandwiches for everyone on the job site. Although the social club across the street no longer exists and the neighborhood has changed quite a bit, all you have to do is walk past all the double-parked Cadillacs through the door and into the back. There at the deli counter, as you pick your order from the hand-painted menu hanging behind cured meats, the ‘old neighborhood’ atmosphere instantly resurfaces.”
1120 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622