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.
Soooooooooo tasty! They have good service and serve quickly because there is usually a line out the door for a table. I would advise not going near dinner or lunch hour or anytime on the weekend, you will be waiting. Some couples have waited 2.5 hours, NO LIE! It is very good though! They only accept cash, and the free chocolate mint at the end is the BEST!!! So tasty.. anybody know where it is from???
Folks, this ain't pizza ...
That said, the pot pie 'pizza' is tasty. The sauce is similar to spaghetti sauce IMO. The crust was delicious and there was plenty of cheese (always a good thing) in it. The salad was nothing special and the dressing rather lackluster. The bread (which my friends were raving about) more than lived up to expectations and was the best part of the meal.
We had a surprisingly short wait for a table, maybe 15 minutes. Like others have said, the dining room is cramped, the booths uncomfortable and the place is loud. The service we received from the waitress was pretty bad. She never told us about soda refill charges (and the soda was flat), never returned to ask if everything was alright or if there was anything we needed.
I absolutely, positively love this place. My parents have been going since their first date 26 years ago and I've been going since I could hold a fork. It has a diffrent and unexpected flavor that you will come to crave.
looking at all the reviews I'm a lil surprised why this place is so popular. This is the second time I have been here as my brother told me about this place.I wanted to treat my lady to a nice place to eat and i felt this was not the place.First off we got there and the place was packed but they were able to sit us right away,which was great cause i hate to wait.The booth though was very small,comfy for a midget but not a regular size person.This place was very loud too,so if your wanting a place to take a date or to talk don't go here.Then we waited 15 minutes before we got waited on and were already hungry.While were waiting we were in need of another pop and we were told no free refills,which that upset me considering there charging over 2.00 for a 10 oz. pop anyway.We waited over 30 minutes for our food which i was irritated by then.When we got are food it was good and we both got the pot pie pizzas. Its neat to try but nothing really special in my eyes.To me its just like eating a calzone, so not really sure what the hype is. In a nutshell this place offers no refills on pop(must be living in the 70s still),possibly long wait to be seating,slow getting the food out, and a pricey place.Oh by the way we took the bus there, but i can tell that parking wold be very tough too,not very many places to park.good luck.
I have been going to the Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company for about six years. The food is phenomenal- I can't get enough of their mediterranean bread and yummy salad dressings. The pizza pot pie is great, too, I prefer the vegetarian. I have tried all the oven grinders and they are all pretty yummy, always splitting material. The fact that everything is so big and filling makes it easy to split with friends and still be very satisfied- making it a great value! Of course, there is always the wait to deal with, but the anticipation of the food often makes it better!
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