The only thing that could get me out of the house during my winter hibernation are three things. Pizza, wine and maybe a manicure. If I’m desperate enough. There are so many good places in Chicago to eat a good slice, except I can’t stand deep dish. Except, maybe when I’m hungover. Or pregnant. One of those happens more than the other. But really, I’m a Neapolitan and thin crust kind of girl. Check out some of my favorite places.
In the heart of Lincoln Park, Pizzeria da Nella has not only amazing pizza, the outdoor patio for the warmer months is a hidden gem. The Neapolitan pizza is similar to Spacca Napoli in Ravenswood and that’s because the owner used to work there. It is very family friendly and easy to bring my little one. Their kids menu includes a Mickey Mouse pizza. He’s too young for pizza now, but you can make a bet his first pizza experience will be here and it will be the shape of Mickey. My favorite here is the burrata and Diavola pizza, nice and spicy 🌶, but really their salads and pasta are legit too. Hint- Margherita Mondays $7 dollars
With two locations, Coalfire pizza in Lakeview and West Town, this pizza ia best know for their whipped mountains of ricotta. It’s a thin, cracker crust and they have some unique pies like Lasagna and Pistachio Pesto, there is something for everyone. They use all locally sourced ingredients and serve Bang Bang pie dessert. It’s a win, win really.
Head over to Osteria La Madia on Grand Avenue in River North. A modern, trattoria kind of place, but definitely not pretentious. More of a date night kind of place, think low lighting and lots of wine. This pizza has a thin, chewy crust and the best here is their pepperoni. Oh my, is it mouth watering 🙀🙀.
They also have a wild mushroom bruschetta that I could eat for an entire meal. There a many vegetarian options, if that’s your thing here.
Some other spots for thin crust are Mama Milanos and Sono Wood Fire in Old Town and Lou Malnatis (duh).
Until next time!