River West/West Town

Photograph: Martha Williams
Nduja pizza at CoalfireCoalfire sources meats for its blistered pies from local butchers, and the nduja, a spreadable pork sausage, comes from Publican Quality Meats. You haven't had a sausage pizza until you've had this earthy and savory one. $18.

Time Out says

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. 

Posted: Sunday, July 5, 2015


  • Venue name:
  • Contact:
  • Address:
    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