Anybody care to mention pizzarias they remember from the past.
In Bucktown in the 60's, I remember a pizzaria now long gone I think at Damen and Wabansia named J&J's. On Western and Charleston there is John's which I visited a few years ago that looks like it hasen't changed since the 50's. Old counter stools and booths with a jukebox. Another pizza place I remember was Congress pizza on Milwaukee located on the ground floor of a building that housed Congress bowl and at one time I believe banquet halls.
Currently one of the places I try to get to a couple times a year is Martino's in the 3300 block of Peterson.
In my neighborhood (Garfield Ridge) An-Jeans Pizzeria was the best by far. Nice quiet neighborhood bar with lots of booths too. When the original owner sold out she stayed in an apartment at the rear of the building and still made the homemade sauce for the new owners. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Another favorite was the pizza at Alferno's which was on north Clark, maybe 2000-3000 N.? Too many years ago, can't recall exactly where it was. In Brighton Park the place to go was Chesdan's, they are still around, out in the southwest suburbs on Bell Road just off 159th Street.And lastly we used to visit Connie's at the original restaurant on 35th Street long before they expanded and opened multiple locations.
I use to go to Martino's all the time back in the mid 1980's. They had great pizza.
Did anyone ever goes to MYIII's (My Pie's) Pizza on Sheridan Road just across from Loyola? This would be in the 1970's. They use to brag about there fabulous sound system there with the Bose 901 Speakers.
@fleurblue, I remember when Father & Son was next to the Logan Square CTA terminal building before there had a fire. There was a liquor store next to them as well they caught on fire as well. This had to be the late 1960's.
On the southwest side there was Buddy's at 79th and Hermitage and Onesti's on 71st just east of California. Back in the day, virtually all neigherhood pizza on the southside was thin crust. I don't recall ever having deep dish until I got old enough to drive and would take a date to Gino East,Uno's or Due's. In fact, to this day thin crust remains far more common and popular out south. Fox's, Rosangelos, Vito & Nick's (very thin) and several others still make great thin crust pizza. I've got nothing against deep dish, but it kills me when the media always refers to deep dish when talking about Chicago style pizza.
My parents used to work at Alferno's in the early 80's. My mom was a waitress and my dad was one of the pizza cooks. I guess the place was owned my the mobbed. It burned down. Probably in an attempt to collect the insurance.
My family actually liked the old Logalbo's at 6111 W. Belmont. :-)
However, our neighbors preferred Frank's, which is still located at 6506 W. Belmont.
We also used to get an awesome stuffed pizza from a place called Mangia (which is now closed and a different pizzeria has opened in its place). They were on Addison just west of Oak Park Ave. then moved to 6944 W. Belmont.
Bellarosa's (sp?)....It was on the corner of Long and Irving (SE side). You entered from the side of the building on Long. I know there was some sort of small store in the front facing Irving Park. It was not there that long, but it had the best tasting sauce that I can remember...I was just a kid, but can still "taste" it when I think about it.
We also went to a dine-in pizza place...it may have had all kinds of Italian Food, but I only remember getting pizza there. It was on Irving Park Road on the south side of the street. Definitely west of Cicero and east of Lavergne.
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I am really going to date myself on this one...I remember the old "Pizza Palace" that was at the southeast corner of Narragansett and Diversey, across from the old Carey Brick Company claypit which eventually became the Brickyard Mall. That would have to have been in the 1950's, and I remember going there was quite a treat. The restaurant eventually became a diner called Mr. Edwards, then a currency exchange. The building was recently torn down for a Bank of America branch.
I also remember Mangia Pizza that was on Addison, later Belmont Avenue. After Mangia moved, the son of the building owner ran it as a pizzeria for a while, but it did not last long. The building is now a printing shop.
Getting a little out of the area, I lived in the Bensonhurst area of Brooklyn for about ten years, and I remember going into the original Sbarro's, which was at the corner of 17th Avenue and 65th Street. I often was served at the counter by Mr. Sbarro himself. Last time I visited back there, the original store, which was more of a salumeria than a pizzeria, was gone, but I always remember Mr. Sbarro when I visit one of their pizzerias today.