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Pizza in or around Oak Park

extra_everything | | Mar 17, 2010 12:15 PM

Hi, I am wondering if anyone has a recommendation for good pizza (delivery or pickup) in the Oak Park area (and I know there are a ton of places in Elmwood Park, probably some great, but I have no idea where to begin).

We moved there in the fall and we have tried a few but have not been blown away yet at all.

Pizza is so subject to personal preferences, it is hard to go by reviews!

Here are some of my feelings on pizza in case it helps trigger any ideas:

I am from New Jersey originally, so I do prefer NY style if it is good but that is so rarely the case... I like Santullo's in Wicker Park okay. Venice Cafe, when it used to be on the NW corner of Wacker/Jackson was good for a slice (haven't been since it has been inside "Willis" - may still be). But I can't fully get excited about any NY style here, really. I just LOVE the chewy, bubbly crust of a pizza made from dough that has really been allowed to rise properly and has been stretched and tossed.

I also like Neapolitan pizza, also has the beloved bubbles - but there are not a ton of places that are great at this, even in the city. We used to live in West Town, so we got spoiled being near Coal Fire.

I am not a deep-dish/stuffed hater, but I am a Giordano's hater - I just think the crust is awful. I like Gino's, Uno's, Malnati's deep dish once in a while, nothing wrong with that.

I like a good regular ol' pan pizza though and I am totally fine with that being what we find in OP. I LOVE Art of Pizza for this. I cannot say enough - I think it is delicious. I also like My Pie. My husband likes Salerno's (on Grand), which I think is just okay. We both agree that the Oak Park Salerno's is crap.

One other thing I could really do without is cracker-style thin crust pizza. Even if it is not super thin, there is something about certain "thin" crusts that I just cannot stand. I can't think of a particular place, but usually this holds true:

If it is a round pizza cut into squares, I probably won't like it much.

So after that long pizza monologue, anyone want to point me toward some pizza in or around Oak Park?


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