Z - I used to lived a few miles from Matteson for quite a number of years. When I lived there it was pronounced like "Madison," but afterwards it became like "Matts - son." A lot of insurance company business there for some reason (even tho it's out in the middle of nowhere!).
Jeff V mentioned two good places. From what I remember about the hotels there, Nino's
is likely to be the closest to them. See some info at http://www.merchantcircle.com/business/Ninos.Pizza.708-747-4210
. It has all style pizzas but their best is thin crust by far. It is often-times excellent, with a few off nights not being so good. I'd often ask for them to make a "real
thin crust" pizza, cooked well done and for me and it usually turned out great. The famous and great original Aurelio's of Homewood Pizzeria
is about 5 miles from there in Homewood, Illinois(http://www.aureliospizza.com/aurelios/homewood.nsf/fCNTDspRead1W?OpenForm&Cat1=LA9
) and is a really good, large restaurant that's worth the dining experience, I think.
Other recommendations include the Chicago Dough Company
in Richton Park (about 3 or 4 miles away), which is extremely good, too. See http://www.chicagodough.com/html/rp/index.html
. About 10 miles west of Matteson is Frankfort, IL and there are 3 great pizza places there also. First being another Aurelio's
(good, but not as great as the original). Second being Enrico's
, which has great pizza and other Italian food which is really good. See http://www.enricositalian.com/
. And third is a branch of the famous Vito & Nick's
thin crust pizzeria from the southside of Chicago. It belongs to another family member, but is just about as good as the original. See http://www.vitoandnicksii.com/default.asp
and it is technically in Mokena, IL, just a block or two outside of Frankfort.
Except for Nino's, it will be difficult to get around without a car or other transportation I'm afraid. And none of these restaurants serve a good Chicago Style deep dish pizza. For that style, there are no good ones in the south suburbs of Chicago, despite what you may see on their menus. Let us know if you get to try any of the good pizza places around there. (Of course, stay away from the Pizza Hut and many chains there.) --BTB