Food & Drink in Crestwood

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Despite the name, Simply Slices parcels out pizza in nearly any form desirable—by the slice or by the pie, and for dining in, picking up inside, or driving through. Pie twirlers heap a selection of 13 ingredients on crust spread thin, fluffed to form a deep basin, or stuffed with toppings. Meanwhile, sister store Sno Biz pipes in sweet shaved ice to accompany special combos that get customers more food for their dollar or doubloon.

14208 Cicero Ave
Crestwood,
IL
US

Nonna’s Pizza

The rules to Nonna’s Challenge are deceptively simple: eat two slices in half an hour. Every last bit of pizza must be finished, and you can only get up from the table to refill your drink. So what’s the catch? Well, for starters, the slices are gargantuan––each constitutes a quarter of a pie and measures nearly an inch thick. None of this could dissuade pizza aficionado Tim Brown, who polished off two slices in less than four minutes. Thankfully, not all meals at Nonna’s Pizza have to be so intense. Though the pizzeria has been serving up enormous slices for more than four decades, its menu has a lot more to offer. Hearty pastas, 8-inch Italian sandwiches, and sauce-slathered wings are just some of the dishes that fill tables beside the dining room’s large picture windows. Nonna’s even brews a special house cola, which gets its distinctive spice from being fired in the same oven as the pizzas.

13636 Cicero Ave
Crestwood,
IL
US

At Omega Restaurant Pancake House & Bakery, sizable omelets, skillets full of hash browns, and fresh eggs are mainstays on the menu no matter the hour—and the dining room is open until midnight every day. Sweet options range from oven-baked apple pancakes to crepes, including one stuffed with Montmorency cherries and an imported Danish wine. There's also the onsite bakery, which produces delectable pies, danishes, and pastries.

The new owners of Omega Restaurant Pancake House & Bakery have instructed their chefs to be just as detailed with their afternoon dishes. Each burger patty is ground in-house, and homemade soup specials rotate daily. Alongside a sprawling list of sandwiches and wraps, dinner plates such as veal parmesan, and Athenian-style skirt steak bring an international touch to the table.

13233 South Cicero Avenue
Crestwood,
IL
US

Labriola Bakery Café's owner and namesake, Rich Labriola, began baking artisanal breads at his Oak Brook store in 2008. The son of a pizza maker, Rich knows exactly what makes a perfect bun or baguette: the crackle of the crust, the large crumbs, the earthy flavors trapped inside. Everything that comes out of his oven—from the wood-fired pizzas to the flaky almond croissants—is a work of art that began back when Rich learned the secrets of bread making from masters of French, Italian, and German traditions. Chicago magazine has hailed his bakery as a destination for gelato made fresh daily in seasonal flavors, which include fruity summer selections and a cold variety that celebrates winter.

5324 W 123rd Pl
Alsip,
IL
US

Since starting his business in 1988, Dr. Dennis Gaeta has honed the vision of more than 18,000 active patients. He makes each pair of eyeglasses himself to ensure the accuracy of the prescription, which can be presented in digitally processed lenses, no-line bifocals, and Transitions lenses that adjust to the amount of light both outdoors and inside the car. These lenses get fitted into fashionable frames from brands such as Bellagio, Mandalay, and Modern Optics.

4350 W 129th St
Alsip,
IL
US

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