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Chicago 2013 Pizzeria Recommendations - Much Appreciated!
« on: March 01, 2013, 11:05:18 PM »
Heading out to the Windy City next week for business.  Never been there, so I thought a Pizza Tour with be a great way to be introduced to the city and the deep dish pizza.   

The Chicago Pizza Tour busses their guests to Pizano's Pizza and Pasta, Coalfire, Pequod's Pizza, and Flo + Santo's.   (By the way, the bus is named Dough Force One)

The Slice of Chicago Pizza Tour walks to Boiler Room, Pizza Art Cafe, and Pequod's Pizza.  l

Recently, I found a "Best Pizza in Chicago" list posted by the HuffPost Chicago editor:

Piece Pizzeria
Boiler Room
Lou Manalti
Spacca Napoletana Pizzeria (heard this is a must)
Pequod's Pizza ( listed 3x ---must be good)

Anyone care to agree or disagree?  Experiences? Recommendations?

Thanks!


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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2013, 11:24:17 PM »
I wish I had my oven, I'd cook some pizza for you while you were here!

I really like Coalfire and Pequods. It's been a long time since I've had pizza at Pizza Art, but if you go definitely get some cevaps! Spacca is good and Jonathan has always been very hospitable and willing to chat when I go. Nella at Pizzeria da Nella is one of the best pizzaiola in the city and her husband is a member here. If you get to the south side try and check out Vito and Nicks for great thin crust.

Now I'm hungry for pizza.
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2013, 12:09:54 AM »
SPACCA , for sure . Met the owner very cool guy !
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2013, 12:32:50 AM »
I wish I had my oven, I'd cook some pizza for you while you were here!

I really like Coalfire and Pequods. It's been a long time since I've had pizza at Pizza Art, but if you go definitely get some cevaps! Spacca is good and Jonathan has always been very hospitable and willing to chat when I go. Nella at Pizzeria da Nella is one of the best pizzaiola in the city and her husband is a member here. If you get to the south side try and check out Vito and Nicks for great thin crust.

Now I'm hungry for pizza.

Wow, you make artisan pasta.  I just liked you on FB!  Will have to try some of your pasta. Thanks for the suggestions - now I'm really excited about the Tour.

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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2013, 12:51:25 AM »
Wow, you make artisan pasta.  I just liked you on FB!  Will have to try some of your pasta. Thanks for the suggestions - now I'm really excited about the Tour.
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2013, 09:53:57 AM »
CopperTop,

If you plan to go to Spacca Napoli, you may want to call the restaurant to see if Jonathan will be there. I spoke with him about a week ago and he told me that he was heading to Naples.

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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2013, 10:22:45 AM »
and her husband is a member here.

 :-D
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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2013, 10:21:34 PM »
You boys are bad.... ;D
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2013, 10:46:30 PM »
You boys are bad.... ;D

Bad? No.

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« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2013, 01:01:01 AM »
You guys...what is so funny!?  Ok, there must be an inside joke  ::)

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« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2013, 11:59:26 AM »
You guys...what is so funny!?  Ok, there must be an inside joke  ::)
Even Bob ain't goin no where near that one.... >:D
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« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2013, 12:10:17 PM »
You guys...what is so funny!?  Ok, there must be an inside joke  ::)

Somewhat. I've met Frank in person and he was very hospitable and treated me great.
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« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2013, 07:26:56 PM »
I liked Coalfire OK. 

Lou Malnati was the deep dish I ate there and enjoyed it. 

I really liked Vito & Nick's on South Pulaski. 

I spend a lot of time for work near Midway so that limited my choices. 

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« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2013, 12:14:16 AM »
down town Naperville or St. Charles   NEO's    very good

 Nella"s is good needs to crisp the bottom a bit more its too soft for my taste don't get me wrong it is good
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« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2013, 06:50:24 AM »
I'm not going to repeat what's said on here, but I"ll give you one more burb tip if you make it out of the city:

Parkers (south burbs) is phenomenal... while they don't just serve pizza (and all their food is pretty good), they have a bar menu that features four Neapolitan pizzas.  They are also VPN certified, and what I personally believe is the best Neapolitan pizza in Illinois that I've tried.  (Yes, I've been to Nellas and Neo and other spots... this one has consistently been better in my humble opinion).

http://www.selectrestaurants.com/parkersamerican/menu.php

Another key - If you go between 2-7 PM Mon-Fri, the bar menu is half price.  My wife and I go about once a month at the minimum, just because it's such a great deal.  (Except the fish and chips... they're pretty tiny, even at the half price point).

If you decide to go, let me know and I'll point you out to some of our favorite dishes there.

Enjoy your Chicago visit!

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« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2013, 09:29:45 AM »
I'm not going to repeat what's said on here, but I"ll give you one more burb tip if you make it out of the city:

Parkers (south burbs) is phenomenal... while they don't just serve pizza (and all their food is pretty good), they have a bar menu that features four Neapolitan pizzas.  They are also VPN certified, and what I personally believe is the best Neapolitan pizza in Illinois that I've tried.  (Yes, I've been to Nellas and Neo and other spots... this one has consistently been better in my humble opinion).

http://www.selectrestaurants.com/parkersamerican/menu.php

Another key - If you go between 2-7 PM Mon-Fri, the bar menu is half price.  My wife and I go about once a month at the minimum, just because it's such a great deal.  (Except the fish and chips... they're pretty tiny, even at the half price point).

If you decide to go, let me know and I'll point you out to some of our favorite dishes there.

Enjoy your Chicago visit!

Never even heard of that place and I will be in Carol Stream tomorrow. Thanks!
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« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2013, 12:23:00 PM »
Ach-N-Lou's out in Aurora make awesome pizza...
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« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2013, 02:45:32 PM »
Thanks for all the great suggestions!!  So many options, so little time.  After changing airport, airlines, lost luggages,... 12 hrs later, we arrived in Chicago late last night.  In time for a Laphroig and a French Martini!  Turns out, the Pizza Tour first meets at Pizzano's  tomorrow. And it's literally right Round the corner from the hotel!!!  Who knew!

Tonight, I think we will hit Spacca.  I can't believe all the eating options in the city.  I think I've become a new fan of this city - lots of attractions, and lots of ethnicity - Polish, Chinese, Germans, Scottish, Irish, Middle Eastern, Italians... And it all means amazing food!!

Two full days in Chicago warrants a return in the Spring for a longer stay.

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« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2013, 03:04:09 PM »
Thanks for all the great suggestions!!  So many options, so little time.  After changing airport, airlines, lost luggages,... 12 hrs later, we arrived in Chicago late last night.  In time for a Laphroig and a French Martini!  Turns out, the Pizza Tour first meets at Pizzano's  tomorrow. And it's literally right Round the corner from the hotel!!!  Who knew!

Tonight, I think we will hit Spacca.  I can't believe all the eating options in the city.  I think I've become a new fan of this city - lots of attractions, and lots of ethnicity - Polish, Chinese, Germans, Scottish, Irish, Middle Eastern, Italians... And it all means amazing food!!

Two full days in Chicago warrants a return in the Spring for a longer stay.
Sharlene,
I hope you have a great time and are maybe able to return in July....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taste_of_Chicago
Bob
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