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Chicago Pizza Showdown Pt. 2: Tony’s Little Italy in Placentia


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Chicago Pizza Showdown Pt. 2: Tony’s Little Italy in Placentia

Dommy | Mar 29, 2007 01:50 PM

I was just starting to go though DEEP Chicago Pizza withdrawals when I first heard about Tony’s Little Italy. I was so excited because Placentia is SO close to my parents house! So I’ve taken quite a few trips to visit them and then ‘treat’ them to Pizza from Tonys… For me, Tonys was OH so close, but still missing that soul of real deep dish Chicago style. The sauce was generic and not chunky. And my biggest issue has always been that the toppings were always ‘meh’ and slight, the cheese on his pies have always been WAY too overpowering… So it always feels like it too much cheese and not and the toppings. However, it had been a while since my last trip to Tonys. And I had heard they got new digs, my parents were having guests over for the big game and so we went to go pick up the pie to see if they had perhaps also raised the level on their pie…

The new digs are a much improvement over the old place which was basically a storefront. It’s not a full deal restaurant, but there are a good amount of tables, a decent selection of beers and TVs to watch the game. They seem to be doing very well in the location too. The ovens were as busy as ever… so if you plan to order in, realize it’s going to take some time…

We called in our order, large stuffed with sausage and green peppers and when it came up, I asked P. to carry it just to see the expression on his face. He gasped at it’s heft… The darn thing must have weighed like 15lbs. When we got home he gasped again for she was a thing of beauty…

But upon closer inspection… something became blantly obvious… It was like the old Tony, but WORSE…. there was hardly any sausage or green peppers on each slice!! I took the first slice:

And my fears were confirmed. Tons of GOOEY cheese. Thick Hefty buttery crust, but hardly any sausage of green peppers!!! I joked with SO that I think that slice at Zelos had more sausage than this whole darn pie!!

So once again, I have to admit Tony’s is as close to what I’ve been able to get that is like Lous or my favorite My Pie. Especially in appearance, but still just keeps missing that mark with the ingredients. So for this battle of the Chicago Pies… The clear winner is Zelos…



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