What happens when a Polish woman (Flo) meets and marries an Italian man (Santo)? You get Flo & Santo's Pizza & Pub. I heard about this one because it is on the list of the Chicago Pizza Tours website
. I've never been on an official pizza tour, but I figured they might know about good pizza places to try. The website author says the pizza there reminds him of "southside" pizza so I decided to give it a shot.
The Flo & Santos interior is modern with exposed duct work and fresh looking coats of paint on the walls. The sign outside the building says "Flo & Santos Pizza & Pub," but inside a similar sign reads "Flo & Santos Pizza and Peirogi" The menu is also modern with offerings such as a pizza with eggplant, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and sweet corn, topped with sriracha .
I wanted to try a more traditional pie, but was also curious about some of the modern toppings. In the end I decided to try some of each by ordering a small pizza with half Italian sausage and sautéed onions and half of their daily special: pesto, fire roasted tomato, chicken, mozzarella, and goat cheese.
I noticed a dough sheeter and a white dough docker with spikes in use as can be seen in the photo next to the Hobart mixer.
I thought the pizza crust was very good and it reminded me of Vito and Nick's. Like Vito and Nick's, I think this dough probably has some milk in it also. The pizzas were baked in regular Bakers Pride deck ovens. And I think cornmeal was used on the paddles to launch. Burnt bits of cornmeal can be seen in some of the photos. I couldn't taste any char, however.
The pizza I ordered looked a bit strange with its 2 totally different halves. The half with the sausage and sautéed onions didn't look very good to me because the sautéed onions turned totally black during the bake. (Note to self: If using sautéed onions on a pizza, ALWAYS add them post-bake!) The sausage was good and not overly greasy. It tasted strongly of fennel.
To my surprise, I liked the pesto and fire roasted tomato half of the pizza better than the sausage. The goat cheese really rounded out the flavors, providing a nice, salty taste to counter balance the pesto.