No Man's Land Pizza & Grill's dough spinners quell saucy appetites with crispy thin-crust pies, slinging circular comestibles for dine-in or carryout. The menu bursts with slices, fractioning pizza and providing practice for upcoming geometry tests with flavors such as buffalo chicken, hawaiian, and the NY White, which layers spinach and tomatoes atop a garlic sauce and a sprinkling of ricotta and mozzarella cheese ($14.50–$26.99 depending on size and crust). A thin crust or Sicilian-style's thick, bready base serves as a foundation for customized pizza creations ($14.99 for a 16" thin crust or a small sicilian pan, $2–$3 for each topping), decorating dough in 21 edible accessories, such as pepperoni, blue cheese, diamonds, and pineapple.
The menu at Big Tomato Pizza tags three distinct species of pizza pie: thin, stuffed, and Chicago-style deep dish. Diners can adorn their pies with more than a dozen toppings, including pepperoni, giardiniera, and pine nuts. To entertain pintsize taste buds, the kitchen bakes pizzas into kid-friendly shapes such as dinosaurs, teddy bears, and, since they suggest clown noses and games of ring around the rosie, circles. Stuffed pastas such as ravioli and manicotti brim with creamy cheese and a choice of five sauces, and local, organic coffee couples nicely with international desserts such as chocolate cannoli.
The scents of homemade pan pizzas, pastas, grilled focaccia sandwiches, fresh salads, and desserts fill the air at Father & Son Italian Kitchen. Working with recipes perfected over years of experimentation at Father & Son Italian Kitchen and Marcello's locations, chefs craft every item on the Italian-focused menu item in-house. The selections, which were developed with one of the founders of Potbelly Sandwich Shop to be prepared as quickly as possible, range from pastas to four-corner flatbread pizzas. Abbe's gluten-free menu is also available.
Pizza purveyors will devour Edwardo's all-natural pies, made with 100% pure aged cheese, crisp crust, and a sweet n' secret tomato sauce. Those perusing the menu will swiftly find Edwardo's signature stuffed cheese and spinach pizza, a two-inch-tall tasty treat packed with enough hand-selected spinach to finally let Popeye defeat Emperor Palpatine ($17.25 for 9"). Edwardo's thin-crust pizzas are just as delectable, with the Hawaiian Luau pie hosting generous chunks of pineapple, savory Canadian bacon, monterey jack cheese, and sweet n' sour sauce ($12.25 for 10"). Gobble up the Chicken Pesto Passion calzone, brimming with tender grilled meat, mozzarella cheese, and homemade pesto ($7.29), or pick up two chunky meatballs, smothered in marinara sauce and roasted red peppers ($4.79), for a kicking kickoff or a supportive side dish to your meal.
For more than four decades, the Salerno family has been catering to peckish Chicagoans' cravings for fresh, homemade Italian cuisine. Michael Salerno's Pizzeria in Glenview continues the family tradition, specializing in Southern Italian comfort fare, as well as customizable thin- and thick-crust pizzas. The menu showcases a lip-smacking litany of authentic dishes and saucy specialties, including the seafaring linguine with mussels ($13.95) and the sautéed veal scallopini, replete with garlic, mushrooms, and onions ($16.95). Ricotta-and-mozzarella-stuffed shells with marinara or meat sauce ($10.95) provide a cheesy counterpoint to baccala, baked fillets of codfish with black olives, capers, onions, and sliced potatoes ($13.95). Meat-free diners can feast on vegetarian paninis ($7.50), and meat-loving diners can stuff maws with meatball sandwiches ($6.50). Salerno's offers dough-disk aficionados a completely personalized pizza experience, allowing diners to choose between thin and thick crust, as well as a hodgepodge of fresh toppings. Create an aromatic and amorous atmosphere with a large cheese pizza ($16.50) piled with fresh garlic, hot giardiniera, anchovies, and onions ($0.75 per topping), and conclude your meal with a sweet bite of a homemade cannoli ($2.50 each) or gelato ($3.95 for a small) before carving your initials into your significant other’s smartphone.
For more than three decades, Mario's has been a neighborhood staple, serving a unique menu brimming with affordable, Chicago-centric fare. Sink incisors into italian beef sandwiches, made with meat Mario's roasts in-house ($5.90), or pinch pearly whites into a juicy polish sausage ($3.65). Patriotic palates can puncture Old Glory deep into the meaty center of a grilled jumbo hot dog with fries ($4.55). Appease heartier appetites with equally affordable entrees, such as spaghetti with meat sauce and garlic bread ($5.35), or a 21-shrimp basket with fries ($5.95). Mario's specializes in pizza made from fresh dough and stretched into four different styles: thin crust, pan crust, Sicilian style, and stuffed. Choose a slice ($3.20+), an individual 8-inch pie ($4.60+), or customize a massive 20-inch behemoth ($17.25+) that doubles as a tasty tarp to cover Skidoos.
At Cheesie’s Pub & Grub, cheese is sacred. A large portion of the menu is devoted to reinventing classic cheese sandwiches, a feat detailed in both the RedEye and Time Out Chicago. Diners can embark on ambrosial adventures by biting into two of Cheesie’s most popular handhelds. The archetypal Classic fuses bacon, tomato, and ham slabs to a duo of american and Merkts cheddar, all cuddled between slices of cheddar texas toast. Alternatively, the Melt's marinated chicken breast and bacon float languidly in a lake of molten chihuahua and american cheeses. To pair with the portable eats, the kitchen doles out baskets of seasoned french fries and dipping reservoirs of homemade soup such as meat chili or tomato basil. Throughout the restaurant, cheddar-colored walls provide a pleasant reminder of childhoods spent on the moon.