Craft Pizza- Pizza Walk 2015

And then there were 6. Our official last stop on the pizza walk was Pizza House 1647, but our friends Jon and Bri were up for more (Disclaimer: they own a pizzeria, so it makes total sense), and six of us headed for a few more pies.

We went to Craft Pizza, which is a counter-style BYOB pizzeria a few blocks south of Big Star Tavern. Picked up some beers, ordered some pies, and had a great final bunch of ZA.

The staff was great, and because we were ordering two large pies, we ordered 1/2 and 1/2 pies so had the option to try 4 different styles!I already had a good feeling about this spot since I appreciate their sister restaurant Pizzeria Serio, but the six of us agreed that the pies were fluffy, flavorful, and satisfying as a final ode to ZA for the day.

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1/2 Bacon Bianca (whole milk mozzarella, pecorino romano/grana padano, lots of fresh garlic, herbs, black pepper, extra virgin olive oil & our cured bacon -no sauce) 1/2 White Truffle Pie (whole milk & fresh mozzarella, pecorino romano/grana padano, truffle oil & sea salt -no sauce)

1/2 Bacon Bianca (whole milk mozzarella, pecorino romano/grana padano, lots of fresh garlic, herbs, black pepper, extra virgin olive oil & our cured bacon -no sauce)
1/2 White Truffle Pie (whole milk & fresh mozzarella, pecorino romano/grana padano, truffle oil & sea salt -no sauce)

Jon believes this (or we wouldn't be allowed to get married)

Jon believes this (or we wouldn’t be allowed to get married)

Chalkboard menu=stellar

Chalkboard menu=stellar

Prep area

Prep area

Cutest Menu Description

Cutest Menu Description

Love the decor

Love the decor

1/2 Craft Margherita (tomato sauce, whole milk & fresh mozzarella, pecorino romano/grana padano, extra virgin olive oil & fresh basil) 1/2 Devil In the White City (whole milk & fresh mozzarella, pecorino romano/ grana padano, lots of fresh garlic, herbs, black pepper & extra virgin olive oil, hot capicollo, hot cherry peppers, peperoncinis, red onions, sauce)

1/2 Craft Margherita (tomato sauce, whole milk & fresh mozzarella, pecorino romano/grana padano, extra virgin olive oil & fresh basil)
1/2 Devil In the White City (whole milk & fresh mozzarella, pecorino romano/ grana padano, lots of fresh garlic, herbs, black pepper & extra virgin olive oil, hot capicollo, hot cherry peppers, peperoncinis, red onions, sauce)

Pizza Walk April 2015!

My posts are quite delayed, so I apologize! I took my friends on a great tour of pizzas from Logan Square through Wicker Park & Bucktown back in April! The weather was perfect, we walked, talked, and ate some good pizza throughout the day. I am so lucky to know such nice people… so to those of you who came on the tour, THANK YOU!

Our lineup was a goodie, as I had never been to any of these pizzerias. I was so impressed with the restaurants and how they were able to accommodate our large groups and awkward timing.

The list= Reno, The Boiler Room, Dante’s Pizzeria, Pizza House 1647, Craft Pizza.

I have posted about each of these separately because I have plenty of pictures to cover the experience, but here are a few highlights!

Boiler Room Craft Pizza Dante's Pizzeria Pizza House 1647 Reno Chicago

Reno Chicago- Artsy

Reno Chicago- Artsy

 

Pizza House 1647- Pizza Walk 2015

What can I say about this great business?  We had a long walk from Dante’s to Pizza House, and our crew arrived hungry and looking for a few other food items to complement the pizza intake. I must say, the response on other dishes was wildly positive. The salad in particular had rave reviews! Thanks to the great staff at Pizza House 1647 for being the most polite and proud of their cuisine. You can tell there is a great deal of passion at this shop.

For the pizza, votes were split across the Frenchman(Creamy Bechamel Sauce, Parsley, Thyme, Rosemary,Bay Leaf, Peppercorn, White Onion, Garlic Turkey Sausage, Caramelized Onion )and the Veggie (Tomato Sauce, Oregano, Romano Cheese, Fresh Garlic,Fresh Basil, Sauteed Spinach, Part Skim Mozzarella,Fresh Tomatoes) specialty pies.

With the owner!

With the owner!

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This oven reminds me of Barnaby's pizza! Same tavern-style pizzas although different crust.

This oven reminds me of Barnaby’s pizza! Same tavern-style pizzas although different crust.

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Dante’s Pizzeria- Pizza Walk 2015

Honestly, the weather was so beautiful outside, and we loved strolling from the Boiler Room (on Humboldt Blvd) to the Dante’s location on Armitage Ave. Large pizzas once again, and a fan favorite for a few people in our group. Their awesomely designed menu,  6 tables, and barstool seating area was plenty for our third stop on the pizza walk. Our group topped out at 21 people here… pretty awesome! Thanks everyone for coming out to support my love for pizza.

One survey respondent had great feedback about Dante’s “Way better than expected! Good, simple slice of pizza. Crust was awesome – love that it was garlicky.” People preferred the cheese pie over the pepperoni.

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Boiler Room- Pizza Walk 2015

We had a nice stroll to the Boiler Room to grab some more ZA on our pizza walk. The boiler room had MASSIVE pies. So we only ordered 2 for our large group of 15+ people.

People weren’t as impressed with the crust, but some loved its comparison to New York pizza. Survey respondents liked the crazily topped pie which included homemade sauce, house blend of mozzarella and provolone, pbr (yes, pabst blue ribbon infused) meatballs w/ homemade giardinara. Wild times, large slices. Also, a few people commented on the ambiance… cool atmosphere for a beer and some pizza.

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Stacked pre-stretched dough rounds

Stacked pre-stretched dough rounds

Loved the balsamic reduction drizzle atop the 'purist' pie

Loved the balsamic reduction drizzle atop the ‘purist’ pie