Handmade pizza dough and family-forged recipes suffused with fragrant spices and homemade ingredients await eager Italian appetites at Al's Pizzeria. An opening order of stuffed mushrooms buttresses its borders with a hearty meat and seafood mixture to increase its chances at vegetable strongman competitions ($5.50). Dough developed from scratch cradles a bubbly bed of Wisconsin mozzarella and a selection from more than 20 toppings in thin-crust, pan, and stuffed pizzas, such as the taco pizza with lettuce, tomato, and olives atop sizzling ground beef and american cheese ($15–$21.50). Customers arm themselves with forks and mental fortitude to take on helpings of homemade lasagna ($9.95) or chicken vesuvio, a boneless chicken breast, potato wedges, and green peas sautéed in a white wine and garlic sauce ($11.95–$13.95), recalling ancient Vesuvius erupting garlic-scented magma from within the earth's chardonnay interior so long ago.
Since its first pizza went into the oven in 1961, Palermo's has been crafting Italian favorites from scratch with recipes passed down through the generations. The restaurant's pizza makers blanket pies in the classic flavors of homemade italian sausage and pepperoni, or glean inspiration from other dishes in Chicago-style beef or barbecue-chicken pizzas. Meanwhile, other Italian staples—all of which are also available for takeout and catering—fill out the menu with such classics as chicken parmesan and penne primavera.
The succulent odors wafting out from Suparossa's kitchen herald the arrival of wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and more. Browse a delectable bevy of appetizers that includes rolled eggplant laden with ricotta and marinara ($7.95). Shrimp and asparagus can frolic on a playground of fettuccine, watched over by trusty salad and soup supervisors ($14.95). Dive into the toothsome depths of pizzas in thin-crust ($8.45+) or deep-dish ($9.95+) stylings, awash with melted mozzarella and teeming with toppings such as pepperoncini, homemade sausage, and bacon ($1+). A brood of italian wines and domestic and imported beers salves pizza-singed tongues, preparing them for desserts as soothing and sweet as a lullaby sung by Mickey Rooney. Call to see if Suparossa's culinary couriers deliver to your area.
Hollywood Palms Theater, modeled after Hollywood Boulevard and the legendary Chinese Theater, engages moviegoers with its opulent design, a restaurant and bar, and seat-by-seat service. Winning praise from myriad press outlets, the movie house boasts nine distinctive auditoriums, each dressed to a cinematic theme, including Coconut Grove and The Rainbow Room. Within the confines of each theater, rows of high-backed leather chairs comfortably cradle bodies, while the latest Dolby surround sound swathes ears in the tummy rumbles of on-screen actors. An attentive wait staff takes orders throughout films from an extensive menu that includes burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, beer, wine, and cocktails.
Roundhead's Pizza Pub keeps head holes stuffed with an assortment of menu items as patrons affix their sight-spheres on one of the sports bar's more than 28 TVs. Roundhead's special pizza, packed with sausage, green peppers, onions, and mushrooms (12", $16.25+), silences the grumbling bellies of Blackhawks and Bulls supporters as they argue about whether hockey players or basketball players make more capable museum docents. Kick off a Thursday night trivia session in Lombard with a generous portion of meat-filled homemade lasagna ($11.59) or an order of ultimate nachos, an assortment of cheese, chili, sour cream, and jalapeños perched atop a tortilla chip-mountain like a gooey, amorphous Sherpa ($9.49). Roundhead's also offers a formidable lunch buffet ($7.99), served weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., which turns growling midday munchies into whimpering afternoon siestas.
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.
Franco’s chefs draw culinary inspiration from Italy, folding housemade sauces, fresh mozzarella cheese, and olive oil into a variety of specialty pizzas, pasta dishes, and hot Italian sandwiches. To craft their paninis, they layer freshly baked Italian bread and ciabatta rolls with vine-ripened tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and slices of turkey breast, chicken, and ham. For dessert, the skilled chefs assemble plump cannolis before dipping them in chocolate.