Like a good record album, a good pizza is well-balanced, is easy to enjoy, and reveals subliminal messages when spun backward. Serenade your taste buds with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pizza, pasta, drinks, and more at Gulliver's Pizza & Pub, which has locations in Chicago, Glenview, and Oakbrook Terrace. Gulliver’s entices eaters with a wide-ranging menu of accessible fare anchored by an assortment of pies. The pan pizza, Gulliver's signature dish, has remained unchanged since 1965, the first year pizza was available in color ($14.45 for a medium, extra for toppings). The restaurant’s brick pizza oven also pumps out thin-crust and stuffed varieties, and each flavor frisbee can be decorated with toppings ranging from sautéed onions and spicy sausage to sliced beef and eggplant ($1.50–$2.25 per topping, depending on the size of the pizza). Other offerings include soups, salads, sandwiches, and traditional Italian entrees.
- Gulliver's serves a very good deep-dish pizza that has earned the praise that so many Rogers Park residents heap on it. – Daniel Zemans, Slice
- However, I've sampled several menu items and was pleased each time. The burgers are good. Lots of sports on the many televisions. I've had terrific service every time. – Laurie H., Oakbrook Terrace location, Yelp
Even if Gulliver's ovens went cool and the warm-weather chatter on its back patio went silent, visitors would still be drawn through the unassuming façade to witness the sights inside. Dozens of antique lamps from the 19th and early 20th centuries hang from the walls, casting a delicate light on the restaurant's cozy, wood-and-leather interior. Fortunately for hungry patrons, the kitchen continues to operate 47 years after its founding, quieting stomachs' growls with its take on Chicago-style deep-dish pizza.
After slapping a mound of their housemade dough into the pan, chefs carefully contour the crust to leave thick, chewy edges and a thin, golden bottom—a tasty compromise for lovers of thin and thick pies. Next, layers of cheese, fresh veggies, and meats such as ham and homemade sausage form a base, covered by a zesty garlic sauce that earned praise from the Chicago Reader. Thin- and stuffed-crust pizzas round out pie offerings, and a tasty cornucopia of Italian soups, sandwiches, and entrees sates pizza-averse diners.