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Four Things to Know about Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.
Walking up to Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co., you’ll soon realize that this restaurant is unique: first off, it’s in a restored Victorian house, sharing space with a law firm. Second, it’s an Italian restaurant that doesn’t serve any pasta. Read on to find out what else makes this place special:
- You can re-invent the wheel—or pizza. The restaurant’s signature dish is a pizza pot pie. It’s just like pizza, except the bready triple-raised Sicilian dough is cooked on top of the sauce, cheese, and toppings. When it gets to your table, the waiter will flip it upside-down, essentially creating a bread bowl of pizza.
- The mob could be watching. Rumor has it, the restaurant’s home at 2121 N. Clark played a significant role in the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. The mob murders took place in a garage across the street, and it’s believed that Al Capone’s henchmen may have used the house as a lookout that night.
- Jesus will get you in. If the restaurant is open, you can expect a wait. But Jesus, a front-of-the-house fixture, greets everyone and asks how many are in the party. Only catch: he doesn’t write anything down. Even when the wait stretches to an hour or two, he remembers the exact order of customers, their party size, and their faces, and seats them right on time.
- Cash is king. In fact, cash is everything—the restaurant doesn’t accept anything else. And the nearest ATM is a hike, so don’t forget to bring enough.