Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder is a joint with a very cosy cottage like feel with its high ceilings, pine paneling and majestic wooden booth. Filled ... More
Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder
Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder is a joint with a very cosy cottage like feel with its high ceilings, pine paneling and majestic wooden booth. Filled with couples or groups, the rooms are buzzing with conversations throughout the day. The absolute show stopper is the Pizza Pot Pie made with light and fluffy Sicilian bread-type dough, a homemade sauce, tomatoes, cheeses, sausages and mushrooms. Oven Grinders like Meatball is delicious. Finish with Tortoni, a rich Italian frozen dessert flavored with rum, macaroons and almonds! If loved the food you can always take the pot pies available frozen to take home.
Tucked away and nearly hidden, refusing to be co-opted over the years, this restaurant offers the most exquisite pizza in a bowl you will ever taste. You gotta try it at least once! Be prepared to wait to tast the delights of this Chicago Institution. Better yet, go before the rush. Share the Med bread and the 1 pounder. Yum!
Banish all thoughts of Swanson's and your grocers freezer... A Pizza Pot Pie is food from the heavens. They are addicting!
A little expensive... $9.75 for a half size pie but oh! so! delicious! Remember to bring cash because credit cards are not accepted.
IMO... if you are coming to Chicago from out of town and want to experience a great Chicago Pizza... skip the way overrated Gold Coast places and head up to Lincoln Park. A big plus, is that you can also buy frozen pizzas and take them with you.
Although it wasn't a factor when we went, I've been told that the wait can be outrageous and there is only neighborhood parking. There is valet service.
My #1 favorite restaurant. It's kinda small, so the wait can be outrageous sometimes, but trust me...it's well worth it. Also, no credit cards accepted, only cash. Don't worry if you forget cash, the bar across the street has an ATM. They're pizza is definately unique in that it's a pizza bowl. Haven't seen that anywhere else. They're salads are fresh, cold, crisp and huge. Sometimes we go for just salad and mediterranean bread. Other times we go, get a half pounder each and split a grinder. Needless to say we have left overs for the next day. The price in my opinion is actually way under what I would expect for the amount/quality of food. Staff is very friendly, they do not take reservations, they don't even take names, they just somehow remember . It's scary at first, you're thinking they'll forget about us, but somehow it works. It's not a quiet romantic location, it's loud and busy but really really good.
When I was 11 years old my friend took me to eat here, and ever since then I've been spreading the word. It's a great place to go if you love pizza as much as I do, and want to try something a bit different.... or if you just want to go out with your friends!
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