Vicki works with my mom and dad and is one of my most dedicated blog readers. I always joke she’s my biggest fan, even more so than my parents!
Vicki is also a huge fan of pizza, so when she recommended Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company I knew it would be delicious! My parents, Greg and I eagerly headed there one Saturday to try the pizza for ourselves.
The restaurant is located across the street from where the notorious St. Valentine’s Day Massacre occurred, so it’s right smack dab in the middle of Chicago history. Rumor even has it the restaurant’s building was used as a lookout post during the crime.
We started with the Mediterranean Bread, another of Vicki’s recommendations. It’s the restaurant’s most popular menu item, even more so than the pizza!
We were shocked when it arrived nearly double the size of the plate it’s served on! And Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company doesn’t stand on ceremony. You’re meant to tear the bread with your hands and eat it without plates, stuffing the hot, flavorful bread directly in your mouth. Delicious isn’t a big enough word to describe how good this bread is!
And then it was time for the main event: the Pizza Pot Pie!
When you order you choose your size (the half pounder or the one pounder – we chose half pounders) and indicate whether you want meat and/or mushrooms. Then the chef prepares individual servings with triple-raised Sicilian bread-type dough, a homemade sauce with olive oil, fresh garlic, onions, green peppers, whole plum tomatoes and a special blend of cheeses. Then, depending on your preference, the chef also adds sausage and doorknob-sized whole, fresh mushrooms.
And the most fun part is the restaurant makes the pizza in bowls, with the ingredients at the bottom and the golden crust at the top.
Then the server flips the pizza over and removes the bowl, leaving you with pizza that is now right-side up!
You can see a video of it here:
Vicki was right – this pizza is fabulous, especially when you add the restaurant’s special blend of herbs.
Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company doesn’t take reservations so I definitely recommend arriving right when it opens, if possible. We arrived the minute it opened and all of the tables were already full and we had to wait 35 minutes. That’s not a bad wait, but people who got there even a few minutes after us had to wait a lot longer.
When you arrive, you’ll tell the host how many people are in your party. He may ask for your name, he may not. And he never writes anything down. But don’t worry, because he has mad skills and somehow manages to remember everyone, the number in their party, and when they arrived. He’ll then call you in order, still without any notes, and you’ll rave about his impressive memory. That is until your pizza arrives and you rave about that instead!
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Thank you Vicki!
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