Food & Drink

The 9 best places in Chicago for pizza by the slice

Published On 11/13/2014 Published On 11/13/2014
Dante's Pizzeria Chicago
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Villa Palermo
My Pie
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Salerno’s
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1. Dante's Pizzeria 3028 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

This Logan Square pizzeria -- with another location in Avondale -- serves New York-style pizza with a quirky punk rock/heavy metal-themed vibe. Available in extra-large 20" pies or by the slice, the pizzas are made with a notoriously strong and foldable crust ready to handle an abundance of toppings. Though cheese, sausage, and pepperoni pizzas are on the menu, Dante's speciality is unusual pies topped with anything from shrimp and prosciutto to sausage and broccoli rabe. Your best bet is to trust whatever the kitchen is cooking up and order the slice of the day. The spot is super laid-back and has some old-school arcade games to play while you wait for your pizza.

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2. The Art of Pizza 3033 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

This simple and unfussy counter-serve pizzeria in Lakeview serves quality deep-dish pizza without the tourists and crowds. The Art of Pizza gets everything right, from the flaky crust to the brightly spiced tomato sauce on top, and even serves pan pizza by the slice for those who don't want to commit to the entire thing. Even though the spot is known for its deep-dish pies, it also makes thin-crust and stuffed pizzas.

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3. Villa Palermo 2154 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659 (West Rogers Park)

There may not be a ton of options for by-the-slice pizza at this no-frills, old-school joint -- either pan pizza or thin crust, and your choice of cheese, sausage, or pepperoni. Then again, you don’t need many options when the pizza is this good.

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4. My Pie Pizza 2010 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Bucktown)

My Pie opened their first pizza shop in 1971 and the haven't quit crafting quality pies since, and they still use same delicious ingredients and old-school recipes today at their Bucktown location.

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5. Santullo's Eatery 1943 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

Perhaps Chicago’s finest example of New York-style pizza by the slice, the options here are ridiculous. Choose from daily specials including Flat Iron BBQ, Brickhouse, Bluebird (roasted chicken and bacon), white pizza, meatball pizza, and more.

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6. The Boiler Room 2210 N California, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

This industrial restaurant-slash-bar in Logan Square does pizza, beer, and general comfort food (fried cheese balls, poutine, mac & cheese) really really well. The pizza options are staggering: aside from simple cheese, pepperoni, and sausage pies, there are more than 15 specials and a build-your-own options. The Boiler Room's real claim to fame is its PB&J special: a slice of pizza, PBR tall boy, and a Jameson. There's plenty of communal tables and a great outdoor patio, and if you couldn't tell from the aforementioned PBR and whisky special, this place is a hipster destination.

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7. Pizza Metro 1707 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

This neighborhood takeout mainstay keeps it interesting with a crazy array of slices, from potato rosemary and prosciutto di parma/arugula, to the Garbage Pizza (zucchini, black olives, blue cheese, mushroom, pepperoni, sausage, tomatoes). All that said, their simple grilled chicken slices may actually be the best.

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8. Salerno's 1201 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (West Town)

One of Chicago’s most unsung pizza makers deals, surprisingly, not in the way of the deep dish, and while it does offer thin crust as an option, Salerno's really shines when it comes to traditional, thick-crust pizza (a bold move, for Chicago). This predominately take-out operation offers surprisingly upscale appetizers like calamari, fried clams, and stuffed artichoke as a warm up for the Hawaiian, Sicilian, or Veggie pizza you pick up.

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9. Pompei 1531 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607 (Little Tuscany)

This Italian joint's got delicious pastas, pizzas, and meat entrees.