Tops among the thin crust pizza joints in Chicago is Coalfire, a little spot in West Town that turns out blistered pies with a chewy, slightly crisp edge from its 800-degree coal oven. While the crust is a work of art itself, toppings are inspired—soft whipped peaks of ricotta balance coins of spicy pepperoni; thin slices of fiery 'nduja, a spreadable Calabrian salami, with fresh mozzarella; and a garlicky white pie are among the standouts. The restaurant fills up fast, but there's take-out, and a second, larger location coming soon to Lakeview.
1321 W Grand Ave
|Cross street:||between Elizabeth and Ada Sts|
|Opening hours:||Lunch (Wed–Sun), dinner (Tue–Sun) (closed Mon)|
|Transport:||El stop: Blue to Chicago. Bus: 9, 65.|
|Price:||Average pizza: $16|
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