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Paula & Monica's: When an Italian Beef Makes Love to a Pizza

Paula & Monica's 1518 W Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL 60622 (Armour Street/Greenview Avenue); 312-929-3615; paulaandmonicas.com The Skinny: Worthy newcomer with an unusual "Combo" hybrid pie that combines Italian beef and pizza Price: 10-inch Combo, $10; 14-inch Combo, $17 As happens every spring in the midst of the NBA, NHL, NCAA sports championship hoopla, mayors in every major city hunker down and waste public tax dollars trying to feed the PR machine with cheeky side bet offerings of their particular cities culinary offerings. Just before the Blackhawks–Canucks game, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley promised Vancouver's mayor Red Hot Chicago hot... More

Ian's Pizza: Built for Drunk College Students, But Good Enough for the Rest of Us

"Drunk customers would be far more likely to think that pizza toppings like mac and cheese are a good idea." Serious Eats contributor Daniel Zemans checks in with another piece of intel on the Windy City pizza scene. Daniel also blogs about Chicagoland pizza with his friends on the Chicago Pizza Club blog. —The Mgmt. Ian’s Pizza 3463 N. Clark Street, Chicago IL 60657 (map); 773-525-4580 Getting There: Red line to Addison, walk one block west and one block south; or Brown or Purple line to Belmont, walk 3 blocks north, including soft left onto Clark from Sheffield; or #22... More

Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizzeria: Small-Town Indiana's Gift to the Pizza World

Serious Eats contributor Daniel Zemans checks in with another piece of intel on the Windy City pizza scene. Daniel also blogs about Chicagoland pizza with his friends on the Chicago Pizza Club blog. —The Mgmt. Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizzeria 500 S. El Portal, Michiana Shores IN 46360 (map); 219-879-8777; stop50woodfiredpizzeria.com Getting There: Car required Pizza Style: Artisanal Oven Type: Wood The Skinny: Outstanding pizzas with fresh, high quality ingredients; it would be selling it short to declare it the best small-town pizzeria in the country Price: All pizzas are 11 inches and range from $12 to $17 For more... More

Awesome Assyrian Pizza in Chicago

"The lahmim beajin is not a study in confusion, rather an inspired flatbread that borrows the best of all cultures." If you’re hungry and you can’t choose between a hankering for a kabob, some French patisserie, or a pizza pie, you no longer have to. In Chicago, all you have to do is head over to Sahara Kabob, aka Big Buns and Pita (heh), for some lahmim beajin. Lahmim features finely ground, charcoal-roasted beef blanketed in a rusty rich tomato sauce studded with tomato, onion, parsley and aromatic sweet and hot spices like cumin and allspice nestled inside a buttery... More

Italian Superior Bakery

View Larger Map Each year in December, I drive around the city, buy up platters of some of my favorite eats and invite friends over for a holiday noshing party. This year I rounded up lumpia from Isla Filipina; Chinese soy garlic chicken wings, aka "Little Hotties," from Take Me Out, Let’s Eat Chinese; the undisputed deep-fried doughnut champion of the world, aka the apple fritter, from Old Fashioned Donuts; and a sheet pizza pie split into sausage and onion and fresh ricotta, basil, and tomato topped halves from Italian Superior Bakery. All these goodies are the best of the... More

Is Chicago's La Madia a Pizzeria or Restaurant? Who Cares?

Jonathan Fox was the CFO at Maggiano's Little Italy when decided to go back into the kitchen. Trained at the Culinary Institute of America, he had previously spent time working in a variety of cuisines, including French, Greek, and New American. He did not have a professional background in pizza before opening La Madia last October, but you wouldn't know that after trying his pizzas. Fox did extensive research and travel, particularly in Italy, before opening La Madia, but he was surprisingly slow in answering when I asked what his favorite pizzerias were. He eventually settled on Da Michele in... More

Caffe Florian: A Tourist-Free Gem in Hyde Park, Chicago

Caffe Florian 1450 East 57th Street, Chicago IL 60637 (Hyde Park; map); 773-752-4100 Each year, nearly two million people visit the Museum of Science and Industry. And though I don’t have the numbers to back it up, I think it’s safe to say a significant number of those visitors decide to enjoy a Chicago-style pizza during their stay in my hometown. But I would guess that virtually none of the out-of-town visitors to the museum know that there is an outstanding pizzeria just a few blocks directly west of the museum. I grew up in Hyde Park, and Caffe... More

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