Monday, March 28, 2016

Another Slice: A Pizza Place Update

Since Jesus and I moved to the Old Irving Park neighborhood, we've been trying out new restaurants to turn into our local favorites. We have plenty in the running (and more to test in the warm months to come!), but there are already a few standouts. In the pizza category we have new options for deep dish, a cracker crust stand by, a new to Chicago standout, and redemption for an honorable mention from my last pizza post.

Chicago's Pizza
Good For: traditional Chicago deep dish, plus a million other Italian options.
Ambiance: casual and familial. The Irving Park location is small, so prepared to be cozy on a busy day.
Notes: BYOB at the Irving location.

La Villa
Good For: the whole family, and then some (or delivery).
Ambiance: old school charm, complete with checkered table cloths and plenty of bread sticks to go around.
Notes: La Villa is open and delivers late, and they also feature a banquet hall, catering services, and lunch.

Warehouse Bar & Pizzeria
Good For: watching the game, especially if it's the Badger game, and drinking beer (16 on tap).
Ambiance: modern yet country, with great Wisconsin-caliber service.
Notes: if you didn't guess, this is a Wisconsin bar that specializes in pizzas - I recommend trying a red and a white sauce specialty pizza.

The Boiler Room
Good For: Happy Hour and a slice after work.
Ambiance: much more relaxed on a weekday evening than it is on weekends - The Boiler Room redeemed itself with it's PB&J (slice of pizza, PBR, and a shot of Jameson for $8.50) and easygoing weeknight atmosphere.
Notes: cash only, but using their ATM gets you a free shot of Jameson.

Coming Soon:
Lou Malnati's: this deep dish carryout/delivery only location is almost complete, and I'm sure Jesus and I will be testing it out when the weather is nice and we don't want to cook.

To Try (Still):
Pizzeria Da Nella: It has now been seven (7!!!) years since my last slice of true Neapolitan pizza. 

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