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Paula & Monica's Pizzeria offers late-night eats

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A slice of thin-crust pizza at this new West Town takeout/delivery joint will cost you upwards of four bucks. But before you dismiss the place as a rip-off, know that the slices are the size of at least two slices from most anywhere else and comes with a can of pop, making it a bargain for late-night feeding frenzies. The oddly mirrored storefront is named for the wives of the owners, who also have ties to Natalino’s across the street and Johnnie D’s Pizzeria in Schaumburg. Pizza toppings include lots of options for meat lovers (bacon, Italian beef and ham among them) but veg-heads don’t get lost in the shuffle—there are six kinds of pepper alone. The pizza comes in thin and pan varieties, and both are equally serviceable (if not quite delicious). Rounding out the menu are salads, roasted chicken dinners and a slew of hot and cold sandwiches (try the chicken Italian made with a breast topped with roasted red peppers, fresh spinach and mozzarella on warm focaccia bread, but skip the ho-hum Italian sausage if you’re picky). There’s also ice cream, gelato and Italian ice if you’re craving something sweet, and complimentary coffee by the door if you need to start fighting that hangover while you wait for your order.

For more late-night eats, check out Cat's Meow and Ian's Pizza.

1518 W Chicago Ave between Armour and Greenview Sts (312-929-3615). El: Blue to Chicago. Bus: 9, 56, 66 (24hrs). Average slice of pizza: $4.50. Lunch, dinner (Closed Mon).

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