Returning from Lou Malnati's ( https://www.chowhound.com/post/lou-ma... ), I circled back to Dante's Pizzeria that I had noticed in my walks. One of my missions was to suss out some neighborhood places nearby for my friend who would be based there for nearly three months and this looked like a good candidate. On this, my fifth and final day in Chicago, I was kind of regretting that I had not squeezed a Chicago hot dog nor Italian beef into my chowing. You see, finding these in the San Francisco Bay Area, my home board, has been an ongoing theme over the years.
So I was delighted to discover that Dante&#39;s slice of the day, &quot;The Old Style&quot;, $4.50, for the World Series game had all the flavors of a Chicago hot dog!
That glowing yellow hue came from the mustard squirted atop and bonded with the melted cheese layer. The other toppings were thin cross-cuts of Vienna hot dog, garlic sauce, relish, dill pickle, red onion, celery salt and Roma tomato.
Where&#39;s the poppyseed bun, you ask? Checking the well-mottled pizza upskirt, the poppyseeds on the crust can be seen readily. However, no sport peppers. I liked this quite a bit, odd as it sounds.
And I tried a cheese slice as well to get a better sense of the basics here. Nice crisp crust with a bit of chewiness and easy to fold, intense tomato sauce, and good ratio of cheese. Most of this went home for my friend.
I was kind of surprised to learn that Dante&#39;s was fairly new to this venue, less than five years. The dark, funky interior felt like it&#39;s been here forever.
I enjoyed both pies, as far as slices go, certainly more than Bartoli's thin crust slices. The ultra-thin crust was a solid effort though I would have liked them fired a little darker. Opinions?
Dante's Pizzeria - Logan Square
3028 W. Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
Daily 11 AM - 11 PM