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Grotto pizza- clumsily-worded report

JohnJeter | Feb 6, 200411:48 AM

I finally tried the Grotto's pizza, delivered. (I had mentioned before that I thought it was an odd direction for that type of place to go.)

"Chicago's Best Pizza" (snicker) was fairly standard issue Chicago thin crust. The cheese was fairly non-descript, not in a bad way- I'd liken it to Pat's. The homemade sausage was decent, but didn't possess any outstanding seasoning (e.g., fennel) that I could notice. The pieces of sausage were too big, by my standards. I like smaller pieces, rather than getting a giant hunk of meat smothering the other flavors you should be enjoying in a bite. The crust was above average for the type of "cracker" crust that gets discussed here. More flavor than Pat's or Salerno's, a bit more substantial as well. . . ever-so-slightly thicker. It supported its payload better than the thinner crusts that get discussed here. The crust was the highlight.
My big problem was with the sauce, and this reflects personal taste only (of course!). Too garlicky- I prefer a "clearer", somewhat sweetish tomato taste. Others may love it. Mrs. JohnJeter enjoyed it much more than I did, for instance. For reference, I have the same problem with Chi-Town slices- too much garlic in the tomato sauce.

Apologies for the rather "non-descript descriptions" but other than the crust, there was nothing noticeably great or terrible. All in all, you could do much worse getting pizza delivered in this neigborhood. I'd say it's worth a try for a delivered 'za, but don't expect "Chicago's Best Pizza".

1030 N. State St., Chicago, 312-280-1005

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