Inspired by several recent board exchanges on Chicago thin crust pizza, I tried Marie's on Lawrence Ave. last night. The pizza is definitely solid--above average, but not great. The thing I liked best about the pizza was the very thin, crisp crust--it gave the pie a sturdy, substantial feel without being "bready", a good thing, in my opinion. The sauce and cheese seemed OK, although the cheese was a bit soupy. It was "toasted" but not really crisp, which struck me as odd; I think Marie's could stand to upgrade its cheese quality. The sausage was satisfyingly dense and added a good flavor. Overall, I would recommend Marie's if you're in the neighborhood looking for a good pie, but wouldn't call it a destination spot.
Marie's has a cool time warp type decor--lots of bright red faux leather and huge walls of mirrors painted with the various cityscapes. The bar is also pretty cool, and the decor combined with the friendly service make this a pretty fun neighborhood spot. I will definitely go back for the food and the atmosphere, but nevertheless find the Lou Malnati's thin crust a more satisfying pizza.
4137 W. Lawrence