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Offline zalicious

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Pizza in Matteson, IL?
« on: January 14, 2009, 10:26:38 AM »
I'll be in Matteson next week for a few days on business. Unfortunately, I won't have a car, & I don't know what will be available for transportation. IF I can get around, any recs for good pizza close by?


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Re: Pizza in Matteson, IL?
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2009, 11:27:15 AM »
I was back in Matteson this summer, and about the only place I can think of is Aurelio's. I drove up and down Lincoln Hwy looking for places and settled there- They have a good thin crust. There is also a place called Nino's that I ate at when I lived near there but didn't care for much, although some really like it.

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Re: Pizza in Matteson, IL?
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2009, 10:38:08 AM »
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
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Re: Pizza in Matteson, IL?
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2009, 06:40:06 PM »
Thanks so much, Jeff & BTB :D. I will hit Map Quest to see where these places are in relation to my hotel. I'll also check online for subway/bus info. If I'm lucky enough to get to try some good pies, I will let you know; & I promise not to go to Pizza Hut :P.

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Re: Pizza in Matteson, IL?
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2009, 08:04:14 AM »
Z - I remembered after writing the comments above that there is one great Chicago deep dish style pizzeria in the far south Chicago suburbs and that is Louisa's, which is excellent.  Louisa, who used to be a cook at the famous Uno's and Due's pizzerias on Chicago's near north side, went off on her own a number of years ago and started a very successful deep dish style pizza restaurant in far off Crestwood, IL.  (See some information at http://chicago.metromix.com/restaurants/italian/louisas-gourmet-pizza-and-crestwood/138065/content and at our website here at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,3228.msg49996.html#msg49996.)  Louisa is there almost every night, is getting up in age, and her great restaurant is on 140th and Cicero Ave, but that's about 10 miles due north of Matteson (straight up one of the main streets that runs through Matteson, tho).

I'm sorry to tell you that public transportation is almost nil in and around Matteson, IL.  There isn't a subway for 30 miles or so and when I was last around that area, bus service didn't exist.  You may want to check with the hotel, but I think it would be limited at best even years later.  And another challenge you'll face if going to that area at this time is that they are having over 100 year record-setting subzero temperatures and almost record-setting snowfall, too.  Without a car, getting around will be problematic I'm sorry to say.

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Re: Pizza in Matteson, IL?
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2009, 10:53:06 AM »
Well, I'll just cross my fingers & hope for the best.

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Re: Pizza in Matteson, IL?
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2009, 02:29:14 PM »
Got back from my trip a week ago, and wanted to thank you guys again for all the leads. Unfortunately, I was not able to get out & about much.
One day, some pizzas from Chicago Dough Co were delivered to our group; but by the time we were called for lunch, they were already cold  :(.  I did, however manage to get to Nino's. Wow, what a jumpin' place that is! I was there on a Thurs night & it was crowded & LOUD. I ordered a sausage deep dish & was very pleased. Have not had the better known deep dishes, so I don't know how it compares to the others, but I was happy :).

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Re: Pizza in Matteson, IL?
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2009, 03:01:24 PM »
Glad you got to have a little pizza while there.  Nino's is actually a very good place with alot of good food.  It's been a while since I've been there, but I, too, remember nights when they were packed with pizza and pasta loving customers.  It made you think . . . they must be doing something right.              --BTB


 

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