Choosing pizza toppings is a lot like being married: if there is an irreconcilable disagreement, both parties take half. Grab a piece of the pie with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Brazilian-style pizza and drinks (or $25 worth if redeemed Monday through Thursday) at Fogo 2 Go in Lincoln Park.
Fogo 2 Go owners Daniela and Brad deck out pizzas with an abundance of tasty and uncommon toppings, inspired by the pies of Brazil and the recipes of Daniela's grandfather, Camilo. Wielding Camilo's original sauce recipe and sporting a brick oven to bake more than 60 kinds of specialty pizzas, Fogo 2 Go fires up cheesy feasts including the six quejos pie with homemade catupiry, blue cheese, fontina, emmenthal, mozzarella, and provolone ($16.99+). Meat lovers can fling their fangs at the Portuguesa pie, which features a heavy helping of tender ham, mozzarella, eggs, red onions, and black olives ($16.69+). Fogo also tops its oven-baked creations with fresh seafood, offering personal pizzas such as the Lisboeta, crowned with codfish, catupiry, eggs, green peppers, and red onions ($10.99). Full-size vegetarian pies, such as the Familia Bettinazzi ($16.69+) with blue cheese, roma tomatoes, reggiano parmesan, and fresh basil, keep vegetarians happily crunching ($16.69+). Opt for the special Brazilian charbroiled chicken, which comes whole, halved or quartered with sides and sauces such as black beans, rice, salsa, pita, or hot sauce.
During the meal, diners can rinse their mouths between bites with gulps of guarana ($1.75 for a 12 oz. can) or grab a fountain drink instead ($1.27). Bring a companion to dine in with you, call in an order for carryout, or have a specialty pie delivered right to your favorite residence ($2.50+).
- Although I love the thick Chicago pizza, we have been looking for a place in Chicago that has a great thin pizza and this definitely hits the spot. – Jeremy C., Yelp, 2/11/11
- The Buffalo Chicken Pizza was the best I had ever had. The chicken is real tangy and juicy and all the ingredients are fresh. – Pat M., Yelp, 2/15/11
Fogo 2 Go
Not a lot of ideas dreamed up on a first date come to fruition. But for Daniela and Brad, their first date in a Sao Paulo pizzeria grew into more than just a romance. With every successive date, their wouldn't-it-be-nice dream of opening a Brazilian-style pizzeria grew too shape. Not too long after, they decided to use the recipes handed down from their Italian ancestors to create their pizzeria, Fogo 2 Go.
In their cozy store-front—taken up by a main counter and an enormous brick oven—they bake crispy, Italian pizzas paired with unique Brazilian influences. Their pies come layered with everything from classic Italian sausages to more unique brie margherita and shrimp scampi toppings. True to the idea's Brazilian roots, they also cook up treats such as coxinha—an empanada filled with seasoned chicken and mashed potatoes—as well as desserts such as flan and Nutella & Banana pizza.
Aside from the Brazilian-Italian comestibles, Fogo's crown jewel is the brick-fired, charbroiled whole, half, or quarter chicken. Thanks to the intensity of the oven's heat and the incantations of the bistro's house shaman, the chicken quick-cooks, leaving a bacon-crisp skin and sealing in juices. What they never decided in their dream was the type of beverages to serve, so the pair let customers make that choice themselves with their BYOB policy. Fogo 2 Go even satisfies late-night hungers by staying open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.