Chicago pizza: The best slices in a city just learning the trade
Pizzas sold by the slice are rare in our great, pizzacrazed city, but “they’re out there if you look for them,” said Bill Daley in the Chicago Tribune. Next time you hit town on a frenzied New York–style schedule, consider a quick stop at one of these places. Their slices might persuade you to sit down another time, like a real Chicagoan, for a whole pie. Meanwhile, they’re “putting speed, savoriness, and some Big Apple sass” into the local slice trade.
Craft Pizza This Wicker Park pizzeria has one of the best basic gas oven–made slices in town. The crisp, textured crust “with its little touch of char from the oven,” is topped with a threecheese blend and a sauce that’s “neither too sweet nor too tart,” and actually tastes like a tomato. “Sounds easy, but often difficult to achieve.” 1252 N. Damen Ave., (773) 442-7238
Jimmy’s Pizza Café This tiny new Lincoln Square storefront also crushes the New York– style slice, thanks to the “outstanding” thin crust undergirding every option, from whitegarlic to goat cheese and red pepper. 5159 N. Lincoln Ave., (773) 293-6992
The Art of Pizza The $4 deep-dish slice at this Lakeview shop looks like a red-sauce avalanche has obliterated a vegetable village. But it’s also “deep dish done right,” with a “buoyant, even springy, crust underneath all the sauce, cheese, spinach, onions, and mushrooms.” 3033 N. Ashland Ave., (773) 327-5600
Dimo’s Pizza The “must-try” slice at Dimo’s is a combo of chicken, green curry, crunchy fried onions, and tamarind chutney. Other out-there toppings at both the Wicker Park and Wrigleyville locations include mac-and-cheese and chicken-and-waffles. 1615 N. Damen Ave., (773) 525-4580 and 3463 N. Clark St., (773) 525-4580