It's an attractive brick cafe behind shrubs, the kind of smart place that makes this Jolietan feel like he's traveled to the better-off parts of California or Connecticut. A surprising amount of dishes beyond pizza, e.g., "Wood Stone Roast 1/2 Chicken roasted in our massive stone oven, finished Forestiere style, bacon, mushrooms & shallots." Tiers of liquor not often seen in pizza places, such as Bombay Sapphire Gin. Teenage servers.
Four types of pizza: Thin Crispy Crust, Old Fashioned Thick Crust, Sicilian Thickest Crust, and Chicago Deep Stuffed. (The menu says the middle two are available by the slice.) We chose the first, expecting something to rival Vito & Nick's. Instead, the crust of the Thin Crispy Crust pizza is half an inch thick with a wide, rolled, puffy edge. A beautiful underside with char marks and burnt corn meal. The topside of our pizza with sausage, tomatoes, broccoli, and black olives was even more beautiful, looking like Tuscan pottery.
The crust tasted better than the cheese or the toppings. If you like chewy Italian bread crust, like D'Amato's or Turano's biggest, crustiest round loaf, you'd probably like this. I did.
Other than the crust, the flavor of the pizza didn't jump out at us. Maybe we need to hit on a better combination of toppings. The sausage, by the way, is thin slices set atop the pizza, neither crumbled nor immersed in the cheese and yielding little flavor.
We began with small garden salads. They aren't tiny and were well composed of leaf lettuce and artfully sliced cukes and mushrooms. Before that, we were given very good made-on-site rustic dinner rolls and a loose pesto dipping sauce.
Paremsans definitely holds promise. We'll be back even though this restaurant doesn't have really thin crust pizza.
Parmesans Wood Stone Pizza
10235 W. Lincoln Hwy./Rt. 30 (One mile west of LaGrange Rd./Rt. 45 and immediately east of Avanti Furniture, both on the south side of Rt. 30)
"Open for Lunch & Dinner 7 Days"
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