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Heading towards the Fatherland - Chicago
« on: March 31, 2009, 09:58:12 AM »
This is a carryover topic from a previous thread, better suited for here:

http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,7683.msg66016.html#msg66016

I am working on a trip up to the fatherland of pizza (Chicagoland) around the weekend of Memorial Day.  I have some family business to take care of in Dixon, IL so I thought I would try and get as close to Chi-town as I could and check out at least one pizza place in that area.  Along the way, I plan to stop at some other places (e.g., Des Moines).  I will probably try to hit at least one Happy Joe's on my way up since I have not had any for over 20 years and am feeling a little nostalgic.  I would also like to hit as many independent pizza places as possible.  My goal is to eat pizza once a day while we are on our trip and try to make it a different place each day.  :pizza:

Any suggestions?  We'll be taking the I-35 to I-80 route.  Also, how about any suggestions for other places in Illinois like Freeport or Madison, WI?  ???

Thanks in advance,

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Re: Heading towards the Fatherland - Chicago
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2009, 10:17:39 AM »
I have not been but I am really impressed by what I have read about Great Lake. Maybe something different to try in the land of deep dish.
See link below for more info.
http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2009/01/great-lake-stunningly-good-pizza-in-andersonville-chicago-il-review.html

Plus this one has some mouth watering photos.
http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=17988&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

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Re: Heading towards the Fatherland - Chicago
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2009, 11:57:41 AM »
Cool, Robert! :chef:  That looks awesome! :pizza:  Thanks! ;D

I am not necessarily looking for deep-dish pizza.  I am well familiar with that style, it's cousin the stuffed pizza, and the proud patrons who peruse pizza parlors throughout the land, praising its virtues.  :angel:

I am simply looking for good pizza to try on our trip in May.  If it's thin - great.  If it's thick - great.  I like it all.  I am not prejudice against or particular to any particular style of pizza.  As long as it is good. 

Do pizza however you want, just do it well.  That's my motto.  :D

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Re: Heading towards the Fatherland - Chicago
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2009, 12:22:03 PM »
Glad to help! Another that I would love to try in the deep dish category is Bert's Place. Maybe some Chicago readers will chime in with first hand info.

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Re: Heading towards the Fatherland - Chicago
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2009, 12:26:13 PM »
I am Jealous Ernie!! I wanna  go I wanna to go  :'(
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Re: Heading towards the Fatherland - Chicago
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2009, 12:27:29 PM »
Luv to have ya, John, but we might have to tie you to the bumper   ::) :-D
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Re: Heading towards the Fatherland - Chicago
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2009, 12:30:10 PM »
Now that would shed a few pounds of Deep Dish wouldn't it ;D
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Re: Heading towards the Fatherland - Chicago
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2009, 11:27:22 AM »
ME, I don't know why but I hadn't noticed your posting on this before and I'm surprised that there haven't been many follow ups.  I'm probably repeating myself with some of my postings referenced above, but if I were taking a trip to the Fatherland of Great Chicago Pizzas (my wife and daughters' would say its the Motherland), my top 10 best thin crust pizzas to visit would be as follows (in no particular order because on any given day any one of them could be No. 1):
 
Home Run Inn
4254 W. 31st Street
(http://www.homeruninn.com/)
Chicago, IL 60623
Phone: 773-247-9696
 
Lou Malnati's (yes, for thin crust, too)
(http://www.loumalnatis.com/default.aspx)
6649 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincolnwood, IL  60712
847-673-0800
 (many other locations)
 
Villa Nova Pizzeria
(no known website)
6821 Pershing Rd
Stickney,IL 60402
  708-788-2944
 
Vito & Nick's Pizzeria
(http://www.vitoandnick.com/)
8433 S. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL  60652
(773) 735-2050
 
Fox's Restaurant & Pizza
(http://foxsrestaurant.com/pages/locations.htm)
9240 S. Cicero Ave.
Oak Lawn, IL  60453
(708) 499-2233
 
Aurelio's Pizza
(http://www.aureliospizza.com/aurelios/homewood.nsf/fCNTDspRead1?OpenForm&Cat1=LA1)
18162 Harwood Ave
Homewood, IL 60430
(708) 798-8050

 
Marie's Pizzeria, Restaurant & Lounge
(no known website)
4129 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL  60630
(773) 725-1812
 
 
Ed & Joe's
(http://www.ednjoes.com/Contact_US.html)
17332 S. Oak Park Ave.
Tinley Park, IL  60477
(708) 532-3051
 
Joe's Pizzeria
(no known website)
57 N Wolf Rd
Wheeling, IL  60090
(847) 537-8110
 
Candlelite Chicago
(no known website - but see http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2009/02/candlelite-pizza-far-north-side-chicago-il-review.html)
7452 N Western Ave.
Chicago, IL  60645
773-465-0087

 
For deep dish pizzas, my list is, of course, Malnati's, Pizzeria Due's, Pizano's, Gino's East, Giordano's, Louisa's, and Burt's.
 
I remember Happy Joe's when I used to travel on business in Iowa  -- fun place with Banjo music, straw hats and all, and the pizza was similar to a Shakey's or Pizza Inn as I remember it, but that's been quite a while ago.  Pizza was good but not great.
 
Dixon is a long way from the Chicago pizza places, however, and I don't know of any good pizza places around there.  There's a Giordano's in Sycamore, a Malnati's in Naperville, a Home Run Inn in Darien, and a Vito and Nick's in Lamont -- all on the west or southwest edges of the Chgo metro area.  But I don't know if your plans are to come into the Chicago area or not.  I wasn't certain from reading your posting exactly where you were meaning to go.  Sorry I have no knowledge of anything around Freeport or Madison, WI.               --BTB

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Re: Heading towards the Fatherland - Chicago
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2009, 02:39:09 PM »
I have not been but I am really impressed by what I have read about Great Lake. Maybe something different to try in the land of deep dish.
See link below for more info.
http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2009/01/great-lake-stunningly-good-pizza-in-andersonville-chicago-il-review.html

Plus this one has some mouth watering photos.
http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=17988&st=0&sk=t&sd=a
Now that a certain fellow from GQ named it the best pizza in the country I may never get in.

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Re: Heading towards the Fatherland - Chicago
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2009, 04:07:11 PM »
I am going to be making my trip with the family starting this coming Thursday.  It looks like we are not going to be making it into the fatherland of Chi-town after all.  But I hope to have some pictures and reports of places we do visit along the way.  I convinced my wife to add a pizza pilgrimage to this trip, and here are the rules:

1. No pizza places that we could eat at (or from) at home - basically nixing the big chain pizzerias, as well as a few smaller ones like Godfathers.

2. Whenever possible, eat at mom-and-pop/independent place as opposed to a chain.  We may be limited to location by our 20-month old little girl, so I needed to leave us a bit of an 'out' just in case.  Although one thing in our favor is she loves pizza. :pizza: :D :pizza:
Who do you suppose she takes after? ::)

3. At least one pizza restaurant per day of our trip. 

That's basically it.  I am not going to force my wife to eat pizza every day, but I will have put myself on a pizza strike for about almost 2 week by the time we start out, just so I have no problem going out for pizza six days in a row (I don't think I would anyway, but I wanted to ensure my appetite for some Midwestern-Italian pie).  First stop: Des Moines, IA.  Trip starts this Thursday, May 20.  Get on board the pizza train - it's leavin' the station! ;D
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Re: Heading towards the Fatherland - Chicago
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2009, 04:08:44 PM »
Now that a certain fellow from GQ named it the best pizza in the country I may never get in.

Yes, I hear you.  It's going to be like the second coming of Bianco's in Phoenix.
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Re: Heading towards the Fatherland - Chicago
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2009, 12:22:01 AM »
Now that a certain fellow from GQ named it the best pizza in the country I may never get in.
I plan on trying Great Lake Pizza maybe as soon as this weekend if i can get in. I have tried a few of the wood oven pioneers in the city. So far none have struck me as the best in the country. I am however looking forward to trying this place.
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Re: Heading towards the Fatherland - Chicago
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2009, 11:03:43 AM »
I just got back yesterday afternoon from being on the road for almost an entire week.  Hard to keep up on forums when you're moving from hotel to hotel.  ::)

But, I'm back from the Land of Lincoln, the Dairy State, and other places within the cornbelt.  I plan on posting separate entries here about the different pizzas I tried from 3 different Midwestern states.  Stay tuned. :chef: :pizza:

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Re: Heading towards the Fatherland - Chicago
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2009, 11:37:28 AM »
ME
Waiting Patirntly,
Did you count calories  :-D
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