Pizza and sports have always gone together, like rock and roll, yin and yang, and bald eagle hatchlings and William Howard Taft's toupee. Reacquaint yourself with a dazzling duet with today's deal: for $10, you get $20 worth of pizza and more at Village Inn Pizzeria, with locations in Skokie and Glenview.
The friendly staff at Village Inn Pizzeria serves pizza and classic bar fare in a relaxed, family-friendly setting. Pull up a stool by one of the bar's televisions and order up a shareable starter such as crispy onion rings, available by the foot ($4.50 for half foot, $8.50 for whole foot). Pie-philes will savor freshly made pizzas such as the Village Inn special, a cheesy wheel of mushrooms, onions, green pepper, and sausage on thin, thick, pan, or stuffed crust ($20 for a large). The menu offers multiple takes on the standard burger, including the Rocky Mountain, a half-pound patty topped with ham, mozzarella, cheddar, tomato, scallions, and barbecue sauce ($9.50). Diners can also dig in to a house-specialty entree such as grilled or Cajun prime rib ($17.95) and Mama's meat loaf ($10.50). Pool players can bet a delectable dessert, such as a Reese's peanut butter pie ($4.95), to make a game a little more interesting, or put the plate on the felt to make it considerably more interesting.
The Village Inn
The Village Inn may look like an simple country kitchen, but the food is nothing short of gourmet. Chef and owner John A. Martino calls on his training at the Culinary Institute of America and Le Cordon Bleu to craft a menu of contemporary American Continental cuisine, which ranges from potato-crusted Chilean sea bass to a veal porterhouse topped with sautéed mushrooms. After the chef inspects the dishes for quality, presentation, and political leanings, they emerge from the kitchen to waft gourmet scents through four separate dining areas. Everyday diners sidle up to white-clothed tables amid floral carpets and drapes in the Fireplace Room, while top-shelf liquors come together to form a host of creative cocktails in the wood-lined bar. For private occasions, groups of up to 20 gather at a long oak table beneath the cozy, low ceilings of the Wine Cellar Room, and large events bask in the glow of a towering chandelier in the bright and airy expanse of The Great Room.