Since 1972, this underground institution has been luring Chicagoans with the promise of famous sandwiches and pizzas. Its “Pizza Pot Pies” are in no way, shape or form actual pizza—they’re more like bread bowls filled with pizza sauce and melted cheese. But the grinders, such as the Italian combination that piles on Genoa salami and smoked ham, are so mammoth, crispy and warm, and the salads topple with such insane quantities of artichoke hearts, olives and peppers, that we’ll forgive the false advertising.
|Venue name:||Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.||Contact:|
2121 N Clark St
|Cross street:||between Dickens and Webster Aves|
|Opening hours:||Lunch (Sat, Sun), dinner|
|Transport:||Bus: 22, 36, 73, 151, 156.|
|Price:||Average main course: $12|
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I have absolutely no idea how their host remembers every single guest in the order that they came in because this place is a mob scene every time I drive by, and for good reason. This pot-pie style pizza is a truly unique, and cheesie experience that everyone should try. They have a very limited menu, so you know that its going to be good because this is basically all that they do.
For the Pot-Pie's they come in either a half or whole pound option, white or wheat crust, and two filling options, Traditional which includes cheese, tomatoes, garlic, onions, peppers, sausage, whole button mushrooms, or the Vegetarian option which just removes the sausage.
Also, it might sound simple, but their Chef's Salad is ridiculous. I did not believe it before I got it because it is basically just Iceberg lettuce with some veggies, but the dressings are STELLAR together (they are equally as great on their own)
This is my absolute favorite pizza in Chicago, maybe anywhere! I love the old school feel and the wait staff is so, so nice! I get a pizza pot pie at least once a month and it makes the wait SO worth it!
I've lived in Chicago for a while and I can't believe I just heard about this place. I love the original ideas of the pizza pot pie and you have to try the Mediterranean bread. The spice combination on the bread is irresistible. The only downside is they don't take reservations so if you come with a larger party you might be waiting a while but in my opinion it is worth the wait!