Jimano's Pizzeria's deft dough-tossers craft homemade crusts, succulent sauces, and pies layered with fresh ingredients for an oven-fresh menu of Chicago-style pizzas. Top a thin-crust cheese pizza ($15.80 for a 16") or piñata-pack a pan-baked deep-dish cheese pizza ($17.95 for a 16") with a panoply of ingredients, such as pepperoni, mushrooms, bacon, or pineapple ($2.10 per ingredient for a 16" pizza), ensuring that modest pizzas don't have to arrive at the table undressed. Cooks also create stacked delights such as the italian beef ($5.85) or the crispy buffalo chicken sandwich ($5.99); baby back ribs ($16.99 for a full slab, $14.99 for a half slab) offer carnivorous sustenance coated in a homemade St. Louis–style barbecue sauce. The pizzeria's famed bread sticks ($3.99) satisfy carb cravings alongside a slew of pasta dishes, which arrive with sides of saucy banter and cheesy dialogue.
For more than 30 years, Pop's Italian Beef & Sausage has served up a Chicago-centric menu of beef sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs. Silence empty-belly rumblings with one of Pop's delectable beef sandwiches ($4.19–$6.35), such as the italian beef, heaped with mounds of succulent, thin-sliced beef soaked in special spices and natural gravy. Windy-city visitors can delight in the classic Chicago hot dog and the savory polish sausage (each around $2.29–$2.99, depending on location), each nestled underneath mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, pickles, and the looming shadow of oscillating skyscrapers. Other handheld fare includes the meatball and corned-beef sandwiches, which can be upgraded with a variety of extras, including red sauce, sweet peppers, hot mix (all free on sandwiches, extra as a side), feta cheese, and bacon. A fleet of made-from-scratch soups and salads is also available, and includes such options as the hearty cream-of-chicken rice soup and the large garden salad ($2.09–$3.99).
Paul Heatherington’s Ats A Nice Pizza serves homemade pizzas decorated with hand-braided edges. The cooks even craft specialty shaped-crusts on holidays, such as a heart for Valentine’s Day, or the entire Mount Rushmore on President’s Day. Classic pizza toppings share crust space with hot pepper juice, garlic powder, and barbecue sauce. Pasta-laden house specialties range from homemade meat lasagna to veal parmesan nestled in a pile of mostaccioli.
Mrs. T's Pizza has been family owned and operated for 30 years. Cooks slide thin, pan, and stuffed pizza crusts into ovens, each crowned with a custom-built combination of toppings ranging from green peppers to fresh garlic and bacon. Along with the pies, cooks also load italian beef on crusty rolls and bake pans of mostaccioli under a bubbling layer of cheese. The freshly homemade dishes cover high-top tables filled with diners watching sports on flat-screen televisions and sipping draft beer. Customers may place carryout or delivery orders to enjoy their meal at home or in a neighbor’s mansion. There is no additonal fee for delivery.
Alliteration isn’t all that Papa’s Pizza Place does well. The pizzeria’s chefs also have a penchant for sprinkling just the right amount of cheese, sausage, bacon, and green peppers on pies before popping them into the oven to bake to a golden crisp. If their ratios seem absurdly perfect, consider that they have had more than 35 years to get them right. When they aren’t making pizzas, they pile meatballs onto sandwich rolls and dress Vienna beef hot dogs with chili, cheese, and miniature turtleneck sweaters.