Some recent pizza tastings have identified some not bad slice places. All of these are of a benchmark "plain slice", just cheese sauce & dough. Here's our thoughts:
1) Food Life's pizza station. Water Tower Place. Big slice, plenty of near-tasteless cheese. Another big, globby, uninteresting slice.
2) Slice of Italy. 435 E. Illinois, basement of the Fox & Obel building. Folds medium soft with slight cracker effect, med-low grease. Tasty. More sharply-flavored than D'Agostino's. Somewhat less cheese also (though certainly a sufficient amount). Sauce has an annoying "ring of paste" around the crust. Sauce is not as pronounced as the spicy cheese so out of balance in that regard. Overall quite good with more of a "New York" taste than D'Agostino's. Just needs a bit more of the nice sweet (if pasty) sauce). Very sensible price at $1.85. Also have good-looking thick & stuffed slices (only $1.95!!!) that I'd like to try against Philly's best on Belmont. Drawback is that this place is pretty out of the way unless you live in Streeterville and closes at 6PM or so.
3) D'Agostino's. S.E. Corner of Southport and Addison. Bar wasn't open but they have a "pizza by the slice" sign by their pick-up door on Addison. Mild, lingering flavor... low to medium grease... folds soft, very thin crust. Could use less cheese and more sauce. Cheese is very nice & chewy... let it cool a couple mins. Cheese has a nice but unusual taste that is not reminiscent of any other slice or style.Overall very pleasant and great deal at 2 slices for 2.50.
4) Chi-Town Pizza, Division East of Rush near Leg Room. I think this might be associated with a similar place near Wrigleyville. Outrageous price at $3.50 to begin with. Folds with a medium cracker crust. Low grease. Good amount of cheese. Not unpleasant. Very little sauce. Definitely prefer Slice of Italy or D'Agostino's to this, but it is better than alot of NYC slice places.
Overall my favorite of the lot is D'Agostino's or SOI, the flavor difference makes direct comparison a bit difficult. I could see the mood striking for either depending on taste objectives. D'Agostino's a bit milder, SOI a bit bolder also.
Still, while chowing on these slices I was struck at how S'barro's might beat both of them. However with so many horrible places in town it's great to find any tasty slice.
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