Culinary scientists once believed all food to be flat—a theory that was eventually disproven by the discovery of edible basketballs. Circumnavigate culinary discoveries with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pizza, Italian fare, and drinks at Jimbo's Pizza in Lemont.
Jimbo's Pizza's family of dough stretchers top authentic sauce-slathered disks with a compendium of premium veggies and meats. Fluffed-up traditional and gluten-free ($10.99 for a 9") pizzas garner inspiration from popular laser-disc technology to play tasty tales, arriving in sizes ranging from 12 inches ($11.99 for a thin crust; $14.99 for a Sicilian crust) to the signature 19-inch Lemontster ($19.99+). Toppings in traditional ($1.25+) and premium ($2.50+) varieties compose personally pleasing symphonies on a cheesy stage. Specialty concoctions ($22.99 for a 16" thin crust) play time-tested renditions, including Jimbo's pick of sausage and veggies and the sauceless Corleone. To calm pizza-free cravings, diners can opt for a bread-bordered chicken club ($4.99), a plate of mostaccioli ($6.99), or a rock 'n' roll beef pocket, which replaces pocket protectors with less nerdy combos of italian beef, toppings, and garlic-butter pizza dough ($15.99–$17.99).
When he lived on the South Side of Chicago, James “Jimbo” Mandra had his pick of pizza joints––until tragedy struck. His family relocated to the burbs, suddenly leaving James deprived of the quality thin-crust slices he’d enjoyed all his life. Never one to turn down a challenge, he rolled up his sleeves and began baking his own pies. From that endeavor came a line of pizzas that fit his passionate standards as well as his original creation, the Lemontster: a 19-inch pizza that claims to be the biggest available in Lemont. Today, Jimbo’s cartoon likeness stands as a proud emblem on the tomato-hued walls of his own pizzeria, which recently added a full dining room. Natural light pours through large front windows as thin- and thick-crust pizzas arrive laden with pepperoni, spinach, and spicy hot giardiniera. After finishing off one of Jimbo’s beef pockets, diners may also surprise a date with a Chicago-style hot dog or impress the kitchen staff by getting the pizza oven to play fetch.