1. Pizza By Alex5040 W Montrose Ave, Chicago
2. My Pie Pizza2010 N Damen Ave, Chicago
3. Pizza Art Café4658 N Rockwell St, Chicago
4. Pizza Rustica3908 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago
5. I Monelli Trattoria Pizzeria5019 N Western Ave, Chicago
6. La Gondola2914 N Ashland Ave, Chicago
7. Marie's Pizza & Liquors4127 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago
8. Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.2121 N Clark St, Chicago
Having grown from a carry-out/delivery spot into a full service restaurant (with BYOB), super-thin brick oven pizzas are the norm for this place. Look for simple staples like the bruschetta pizza and Mexican variants, as well.
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.
Owned by Bosnian natives who worked their way through Milan’s pizzerias, their art of pie-making involves a quick-cooking wood-burning oven and 12in pizzas topped with the likes of four cheeses, seafood, house-cured smoked beef, and more.
If you're looking for something that is exactly what it sounds like, then this is your spot. Rustica is a true option for good Chicago pizza, wine, and ambiance.
Right off Lincoln Square, you'll find Southern Italian cuisine including appetizers like suppli (rice, mozzarella cheese, and marinara sauce rolled in breadcrumbs and fried) and crispy, thin-crust pizzas.
La Gondola has high quality pies that bely its strip mall surroundings: fill up on generous slices of oily, thin crust pizza topped with BBQ chicken and bolognese.
Marie's is an old school Chicago Italian in Albany Park known for its tavern-style thin crust pizza. To enter, walk through the liquor store entrance and turn right to find the retro dining room that's hasn't changed much since the 1970s. The menu is filled with Italian-American staples like chicken parm, lasagna, and Italian beef sandwiches, but the wonderfully greasy pizza is the star. The namesake Marie's Special pie, topped with sausages, green peppers, onions, and mushrooms, is a classic.
Located in an old brick townhouse in Lincoln Park, Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder is a cash-only Italian eatery famous for its pizza pot pies. Available in half-pound or one-pound portions, each pie is made of triple-raised Sicilian dough and filled with house-made tomato sauce, a blended mix of cheeses, whole mushrooms, and sausage. The menu also features oven grinder sandwiches stuffed with Italian meats, and if you're scared of carbs, don't worry, there's a whole category of salad dinners as well. You should definitely get the pot pie though -- you can't say you've conquered the Chicago pizza landscape without it.