Homeslice

Restaurants , Pizza Lincoln Park
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Big Teve pizza at Homeslice

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Sheffield Salad at Homeslice

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Homeslice

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Beer-basted breadsticks with goat-cheese marinara at Homeslice

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It's a log cabin inside and a patio area outside at Lincoln Park's new pizzeria, Homeslice. 938 W Webster St, 312-789-4600.

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Homeslice

What is Oregon-style pizza? If the pies at Homeslice, a new DePaul-area pizzeria, are a true indication of the genre, it's not worth investigating. After two friends and I slogged through a menu that can’t seem to make up its own mind (30 pizzas and a build-your-own option with five types of sauces listed, plus ranch, buttermilk or barbecue if you ask), it turns out our careful deliberations didn’t matter: A puffy, bland dough overwhelmed all the other ingredients on the pizzas we tried—save for the harsh overdose of artichoke hearts on a white pizza called the Miller. After several pies, I still have no idea how the house sauce, allegedly a pesto-marinara blend, is different from the regular marinara.

Co-owners Josh Iachelli and Clay Hamilton, two pals from Oregon with a longtime dream of opening a pie shop, put an admirable amount of elbow grease into this one, creating seats, tables and a back bar out of Pacific Coast–sourced logs varnished with a glossy sheen. And there are many reasons why Homeslice will do well. For large groups of students, it’s paradise found: a 120-seat restaurant with tables that can fit 16, a wall of 80-inch TVs and a nice chunk of sidewalk seating. There are 12 beers on tap, approachable wines by the glass or bottle and a small selection of sugary cocktails. Prices are decent; Hamilton and Iachelli offer salads for, as Homeslice’s Facebook page touts, “under 10 bones.” And they use words like bones, and put novelties like cream cheese on their pizzas, and launched a website with the URL getsomehomie.com. This is clearly a restaurant built for its market—the crowds carbo-loading before getting sloshed next door or across the street at McGee’s or State.

In that case, those partyers should load up on the beer-basted breadsticks, which come out warm with a tomato dipping sauce featuring huge chunks of creamy goat cheese. The Sheffield salad has plenty of Gorgonzola, avocado and bacon bits to stand up against the rich lemon-poppyseed dressing. Skip the giant calzones, which have disappointingly limp crusts. There’s work to be done there, and on the pies. I had read Homeslice uses a brick oven, but, wanting to make sure, I asked our cheerful college-aged waitress. She seemed befuddled. “I think it’s an…oven oven?” Sounds about right. 

Venue name: Homeslice
Contact:
Address: 938 W Webster Ave
Chicago
60614
Cross street: at Bissell St
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop:Brown,Purple (rush hrs),Red to Fullerton. Bus:8,37,74.
Price: Average pizza: $17
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Chelsea M
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Homeslice is everything you'd expect from a college area restaurant - decent pizza, large noisy tables and plenty of drinks flowing! We came on an ungodly hot day but chose a table (with fans!) outside to forgo the insane weekend wait times. It's a very fun patio with picnic tables, seating in an airstream, and strung lights setting a camping vibe. The Da Duba had a tasty crust and sauce, but an overwhelming amount of whole roasted garlic and not enough artichokes. The salad dressing ratio wasn't on point either. As for service, this was hit or miss as well - one waiter was incredibly disinterested and rude, another friendly and helpful.

Kathryn K
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The atmosphere at Homeslice is tops. Their patio is open air and cute (although a bit train noise riddled because the L is right there) and a perfect spot for a larger group of friends as they have expansive picnic type tables.  The decor is young and fresh with neon lights, an old school camper, and cozy wicker hanging rocking chairs.  Their wood fired pizza can run up your bill but it is tasty and you have both vegan and gluten free options.  I am not a big fan of their shaved chicken (instead of chicken pieces) but their vegan cheese is Daiya brand which makes a yummy lactose free pizza. I also sampled the Asian wonton salad.  The portion was very large and filling with veggies galore.  For dessert, try their eggless chocolate chip cookie dough.  We got some for free because our waiter messed up our order 3 times(=4 stars instead of 5). I have been to Homeslice on several occasions and never had that happen.  The waiter was super nice and we were feeling relaxed though so it wasn't a big issue.

Carrie G
tastemaker

Homeslice can get pretty crowded, but it's worth it. Try and snag a table on their back patio if the weather is nice (or even if it's chilly they have heaters!). Bottled beers come with a take home koozie and who isn't a fan of that?! Also, for anyone who needs a gluten free diet, their gluten free crust is quite good - I split a small with a gluten-intolerant friend and it was the perfect amount!

Madeline N
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My friends and I go to home slice all the time. They have a super fun atmosphere with campers and cool wall decorations plus the pizza is really good! They have unique toppings that you wont find at most places, and their bloody mary is out of this world (a pizza slice is one of the many garnishes they include!)