Pizza quickly became one of America's most popular foods, trading on its portability and tastiness, as well as its hip clothing, the new car its parents gave it for Christmas, and its steamy relationship with the high school quarterback. Treat palates to popularity-prizing pizzas with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of brick oven pie and Italian fare at Pizzeria Serio.
Pizzeria Serio specializes in Neapolitan-style thin crust pizza made with hand-stretched dough, fresh San Marzano tomato sauce, and authentic Italian ingredients. Mouths water as fingers pore over the restaurant's menu filled with savory appetizers and unique specialty pies. Begin bellies' journeys with a starter, such as miniature calzones filled with mozzarella and ricotta ($7) or garlic twists ($4), knots of chewy garlic bread that inspired a 1950s dance craze called the garlic hand jive. Customize a pizza or calzone (starting at $13) with gooey cheese, peppery meats, and fresh vegetables, or choose one of Pizzeria Serio's specialty pies, baked to bubbly perfection in an 800-degree brick oven so hot that it's capable of melting both cheese and Grinch hearts in under two minutes. The classic margherita ($15) showcases simply dressed mozzarella and basil, while the big cheese ($17) treats lactose tolerant tasters with aged provolone, asiago, mozzarella, and freshly grated grana padano. a protein-packed punch of meat your heart out pizza ($18), loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, and Canadian bacon, or feel the spicy sensation of the diavolo pie ($16.50), topped with hot sopressata salami, pepperoncini peppers, and red onion.
Named one of Chicago's best destinations to watch football by Yahoo Sports, Pizzeria Serio serves sports fanatics tempting tailgate specials and craft beers from their second floor sports bar. Gridiron gurus can gaze upon the pixilated splendor of a 65" HD plasma television, set to Sunday afternoon athletics, or during the off-season, the competitive mystery solving of Murder She Wrote.
- The main attraction is the fearsome 800-degree oven, turning out eight kinds of 14-inch specialty pies, from basic margherita to the Meat Your Heart Out (with pepperoni, sausage and Canadian bacon). It also promises authentic New York-style pizzas in the heart of Chicago. Score one for having big doughballs, we guess. – UrbanDaddy
- their pizza is FANTASTIC. i love thin crust, and theirs is possibly the best i've had in chicago. it's not too crispy, more chewy, not greasy or heavy, with lots of air pockets and of course the lovely wood-fired flavor. great sauce, not too sweet (you can actually taste the spices). we had the diavolo and the big cheese and both combinations were spot on. – Amanda s., Yelp, 1/12/2011
Pizzeria Serio’s sauce-slinging chefs stretch fresh dough by hand each day, slipping it into an 800-degree brick oven for savory East-Coast-style pies. Whole plum san marzano tomatoes and 100 percent mozzarella shimmy into the mix for build-your-own or specialty pizzas whose toppings include spinach and sopressata salami hotter than Hades in a tanning salon. Salads with roma tomatoes and goat cheese pave the way for the pies as patrons wait with watering mouths.
The interior of Pizzeria Serio boasts dark wood booths, exposed brick, and flat-screen televisions primed for pro-sports viewing parties. For spirited cheers, servers pour out an extensive roster of wine and craft beers including pale, amber, and golden ales, plus stouts, porters, and a dozen palate-cleansing wines.
1708 W Belmont Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657Get Directions