Pizza Quest Underway

Coalfire

In case you haven’t been following me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you probably haven’t realized there’s a Pizza Quest underway. It all started last weekend, after I read a particularly troubling listicle of the city’s hottest pizzas. I figured since I did the Ultimate Italian Beef Roundup in the Spring, and I’ve never tackled pizza, now would be as good a time as any. What I didn’t realize was how many more pizza places there were, and how many styles I would have to cover (tavern, thin, pan, deep, Neapolitan). So I’m on my way, so to speak, having covered about a dozen this week. I figure I’ll hit 40 – 50 places in all, when it’s done, and hopefully will have the results for you here right after Labor Day. The plan is to break up categories into THICK and THIN, with subclassifications like “tavern-style” “thin” and “Neapolitan” vs. “deep” “stuffed” and “pan.” Until then, keep your suggestions coming!

29 Comments

  1. Chuck Jamieson

    July 31, 2015 at 10:59 am

    If you get out to the western burbs check out Cassano’s (Downers Grove or Naperville) and Roberto’s in Elmhurst. Both have excellent thin crust and order it well done.
    Long time favorite Armand’s in Elmhurst – but they have expanded to other locations – is another excellent thin crust pizza.

    • Steve Dolinsky

      July 31, 2015 at 11:33 am

      Thanks for the suggestions. Yes, definitely going to head West.

  2. Tom

    July 31, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I’m a simple man.

    D’Agastino’s does it for me with their thin crust, square cut, slightly sweet sauced pizza. Tavern style.

  3. The Don

    July 31, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Al’s pizza in Warrenville for old school thin pizza. Some of the best anywhere. Fasanos pizza in Justice also rocks it out (carryout only)

  4. Tara

    July 31, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Pyramid pizza in Addison!

  5. Phyllis

    July 31, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Capri Pizza of South Chicago! 57 years of the pizza in Chicago!

  6. Amber

    July 31, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Calo Restaurant in Andersonville is without a doubt a great Chicago pizza

    • Steve Dolinsky

      August 6, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      I actually disagree, but thanks for your suggestion.

  7. Christa

    August 1, 2015 at 8:26 am

    You have to try Capri Pizza in Chicago’s South (far south) side!!!! 88th and Commercial Ave to be exact! Best dough, best cheese, best sauce and best toppings in our parts!!!! You won’t be disappointed and you’ll wonder why this wasn’t the first stop on your pizza quest! Hope to see you there real soon!!!

  8. Cristina

    August 5, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Best Kept Secret in the Suburbs… “Bertolli’s River Pizza” You have to head to River Forest to have the best pizza you will ever eat! Whether you order thin, pan, stuffed you will not be disappointed! Let me recommend a secret pizza not on their menu it’s called the “Flying Saucer” order it with sausage, spinach, and garlic and you will be there once a week for it. A true Italian pizzeria from the pizza to the commentary you will hear from the owners in the back – you will leave satisfied and full of laughs!

  9. kiki

    August 6, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Have you tried the White Pizza varieties at the Candlelight on North Western Ave near the border with Evanston? Very thin and delicious. They also have nice draft beer selections.

    • Steve Dolinsky

      August 6, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Yep, I’ve been to Candlelight, and will go back for another check-in.

  10. MaryJo

    August 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Capri’s on the South Side of Chicago all the way!

  11. Ria Majeske

    August 15, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I love all types at Art of Pizza near Barry and Ashland. In ‘burbs, I like Parmesans on Lincoln Hwy in Frankfort.

  12. Alberto

    August 17, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Been following along on Instagram, nice work! Check out ForzaPizza.com and browse the map for some more places to add to your quest. View the pics before you go!

    Thanks,
    Alberto
    http://www.ForzaPizza.com

    • Steve Dolinsky

      August 18, 2015 at 8:19 am

      I did look at the map. Searched “Chicago” and only saw 10 places. Not exactly a thorough effort.

      • Alberto

        August 18, 2015 at 10:20 am

        Steve,

        Thanks for checking out the map. I think an explanation would help quantify the effort you mentioned. Forza Pizza is not my own review site or blog or pizzeria tracker. It’s a social pizza network open to the public to add a pizzeria, like photos, comment, and connect with fellow pizza lovers. It’s based entirely on the pictures as you can see.

        It’s been live for only four months and has collected over 1,500 pizza pics and over 120 pizzerias from the 100+ users around the world. So, it is a fast growing group effort to showcase the world’s greatest food. This is only the beginning!

        I understand I only get one first impression. I take your feedback seriously and I’m sorry I didn’t impress. I appreciate your visit and if you give it a second chance, I encourage you to zoom in and out of the map on your desired area. You will have a better experience and it will help you find hidden gems like Adreani’s in Des Plaines. Of course, if you want to contribute in any way, all you have to do is sign up!

        Thank you very much. I look forward to hearing from you.

        -Alberto

  13. Doug

    August 20, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Bricks Pizza gets my vote for best thin. Very thin but sturdy crisp crust.

  14. Kara fitzgerald

    August 20, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Gotta try Louisa’s in Crestwood the best pan pizza ever ! Hidden gem on the south side ! Buttery crust and fresh tomatoes fresh ingredients .

  15. Mike K

    August 20, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Love the deep dish pizza . Been a loyal customer for years . They only use high quality ingredients and you can tell the difference and the crust is the best ever I can just eat all the crust off the pizza and be happy

  16. Mark F

    August 27, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Steve, Where is the pizza in the picture from? Looks fantastic. Thanks!

    • Steve Dolinsky

      August 31, 2015 at 9:28 am

      That was from Coalfire.

  17. Jen

    August 28, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Bartoli’s in Roscoe Village. Our Friday Night go to.

  18. Jim Beilfuss

    September 30, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Saw a recent show where you featured Ted’s Pizza in Elgin. I have tried many ways to find a listing but to no avail. Could I impose on you to send me their address and phone number. I think it was on Main Street and yet, everyone tells me that there is no Main Street in Elgin. Please help. Thanks.

    • Steve Dolinsky

      October 1, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Sorry, wrong show. I haven’t done a story in Elgin in years. Probably on WGN.

  19. Suzanne

    October 2, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Nick & Vito’s on the southwest side is the best for thin. The Silo in Lake Bluff for pan pizza is delish!!

  20. Karen Natash

    October 10, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Perhaps you should blog under the table about what you dislike as you did at Charlie Trotter. about the one you hate….not what you ate. You don’t belong to the food industry, that also is a mistake.

    • Steve Dolinsky

      October 11, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      Not sure I understand. I’ve been commenting all along, after every one of the 74 pizza places I’ve visited on this experiment.

  21. Betty

    November 2, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Just Had Ed and Joes Pizza in Tinley Park, last night the thin pizza crust was excellent and sauce and cheese just melted in yout mouth. Just try it you will love it!

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