Chicago Street Pizza owner Emin Aljic wants you to have as many toppings on your pizza as you want. Though it takes 40 minutes for each deep-dish pie to bake, he makes sure the wait is worthwhile by letting patrons choose any number of his 16 available toppings for one fixed price. In addition to the monstrous Midwestern-style pies, diners can also pile thin-crust pizzas with their favorite ingredients or let the chefs anoint either crust style with one of their specialty topping combinations. A BYOB policy rules the dining room, which reflects the menu's Chicago vibe with Cubs and Blackhawks posters and italian-beef sandwiches delivered to tables via ferris wheel.
Many of the 90 hand-selected wines at Josephine's Italian Bistro are from Italy, making them all the more appropriate to pair with regional Italian dishes. Villa Pozzi pinot grigio, for example, crackles with floral notes and acidity crafted by a Sicilian family, allowing it to pair well with lobster ravioli and fried calamari. Fresh herbs and cheese heighten flavors of other dishes made with seasonal fish and meats, hot sausage, tomatoes, and basil. Sun-dried tomatoes, gorgonzola cheese, and pine nuts add to the palette of time-tested Italian ingredients. During Sunday brunches, omelet sizzle in skillets alongside fresh fruit, and a waffle iron cooks dough into crisp treats or maps for checkers.
Drawing on years of experience in the kitchens of Nobu, Nine Steak House, Nove Italiano, and Ampm Restaurant, Chef Tony assembles a host of fresh ingredients to craft his artisanal pizzas. He enhances the crispy prosciutto pizza with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil and layers provolone cheese and yukon potatoes over the marinated chicken pizza. Additionally, gourmet salads provide an opportunity to sample house-made dressings and roasted-garlic vinaigrettes without the awkwardness of ordering them “on the rocks.”
The family behind Broadway Pizza and Pasta has been baking New York-style pies since 1985. Fresh ingredients are the foundation of the restaurant's Italian-American eats, adding robust flavor to the house's pastas and homemade marinara. Signature dishes include the lasagna calzone, with three cheeses and homemade meat sauce, and the white spinach pizza, a sauceless pie with two cheeses and fresh spinach, tomatoes, and garlic. A BYOB policy encourages diners to linger over their meals, and a 4 p.m. opening time on weeknights discourages early birds from becoming even earlier birds.
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