The absolute best, not just in Chicago, but in the whole USA is Nick and Vito's at 85th and Pulaski. I have had pizza all over Chicago and in most parts of the US, and nothing compares. I can't wait to get up there again.
My comments from an earlier topic on pizza..... On the southwest side there was Buddy's at 79th and Hermitage and Onesti's on 71st just east of California (still there, but undoubtedly under different ownership). 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 on Western, Rosangelos at 95th and California and 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.
THIS PLACE IS LONG GONE BUT THEY HAD A GREAT PIZZA 50s 60s
BERNIE AND BETTY'S LOCATED AT 76TH SO. HALSTED.
ONESTI ON 71ST AND CALIFORNIA HAD SOMEONE FROM BERNIE'S IN THEIR OPERATION IF MY MEMORY IS CORRECT' MAYBE THEY WERE RELATED.HELP ME ON THIS ONE
Vito and Nick's, later just Vito's, at 5640 S. Ashland, not the same people as 85th and Pulaski also had great pizza. It was where I learned to like it. I always kind of turned my nose up at it, until 1 halowee when we went in there and they gave us slices of cheese pizza. I was converted.
One of the owner's was always in the front window making the pies. They used sliced Mozzerella, not the crumbled stuff in use today, homemade bulk sausage, their own sauce and other freshe stuff. When done, they would remove it from the oven to the work table and cut it with a large shears. No pizza cutter.
I think they only served pizza, mostaciolli and spaghetti, and sandwihces like beef and sausage. No alcohol. They did not deliver, but we only lived 2 doors down from them
The best? Palermo's on 63rd & Hamlin! Unfortunately due to relocating to the suburbs I haven't had theirs in 13 years! They've had some of their relatives open locations in the various SW suburbs but by far the original owners of 63rd made the best!!!
[b][color=#FF0066]THERE WERE & STILL ARE SO MANY GREAT PIZZA JOINTS IN CHICAGO AND THEY ARE MOSTLY ALL GOOD. PIZZA IS A VERY INDIVIDUAL TASTING FOOD & WHAT ONE SAYS IS THE BEST ANOTHER ONE WILL NOT. HOWEVER THIS IS DIRECTED TO TOMMY YOU MUST HAVE GROWN UP IN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD I DID IF YOU REMEMBER THE BUSY BEE UNDER THE L TRACKS WHERE ALL THE COPS USED TO EAT, AND DR. LUCIAN WITKOWSKI WAS THE DOCTOR AND WANDA WAS HIS NURSE AT THE CLINIC JUS SOUTH ON DAME , THEY WERE PERSONAL FRIENDS OF MY MOM. HER NAME WAS NINA CZUWAROWA AND SHE WORKED FOR EMIL DENEMARK CADILLAC ON 3860 W. OGDEN AVE. DENEMARK SQUARE CHICAGO. BACK TO THE DIVISION STREET STUFF WE HAD THE D&D RESTAURANT AND TO DIE FOR CORNED BEEF I CANT REMEMBER THE NAME OF BUT THEY HAD ALL MALE WAITERS. GOING WEST ON DIVISION ST. YOU ARE SO RIGHT ABOUT NATES BARBER SHOP AND WEBERS POOL HALL ACROSS THE STREET AND RICKIES RESTAURANT WHERE ALL THE POLITICAL DEALS WERE DONE BEFORE THEY WENT TO COURT. LOL THEN AT DIVISION & WASHTENAW WAS JOE PIERCES WHO ALSO HAD GREAT CORNED BEEF AND JOES HARDWARE STORE WAS ACROSS FROM MY HANGOUT THE VISION SHOW NEXT TO HARRYS ICE CREAM PARLOR. THEN THE DIME STORE I THINK WAS ACROSS THE STREET FROM THAT AND IM GETTING TOO LONG WINDED FOR THE AVERAGE READER BUT THEM WERE THE DAYS...I WILL POST TO YOU AGAIN TOMMY :)-D[/color][/b]
I GREW UP ON THE SOUTHSIDE 69TH PAULINA AREA
I DEL. MILK ALL OVER THE CITY AND BECAME SOME WHAT OF A FOOD JUNKY
SO I KNEW ALOT OF THE GOOD JOINTS RECENTLY HAVING A COVERSATION ABOUT
ROCKY'S SHRIMP SHACK JUST SOUTH OF NAVY PIER 142 STRETTEVILE ON THE LAKE FRONT
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN .GREAT SHRIMP.
SO MANY PLACES GONE FOREVER'AT LEAST WE WERE THERE.
My favorite used to be Santucci's which used to be located at about 60th and Cicero, then next was Chesdan's in Brighton Park also gone now (relocated to suburb's). I guess now it would be Danny's Pizza on Archer and Menard or Obbie's also on Archer a little further west.
[b]I grew up in Burbank IL, and my all-time favorite pizza is still and always will be Phil's Pizza on 89th & Ridgeland in Oak Lawn. Superb toppings, perfect sauce, and lots of cheeese makes this pizza a true Chicago area classic. Try it one time and see what i mean! (The sign says "Since 1970" , but i thought it opened a littler later than that) Enjoy![/b]