The restaurant itself is quite small with about 12 or so tables and they do not take reservations. My friend and I showed up around 7:30 pm on a Saturday and only had to wait about five minutes. The decor is minimal but the one thing that draws in your attention is that burning coal oven that is in the back of the one-room restaurant. In fact, I'm pretty sure they keep the restaurant extremely dark in order to make that coal oven stand out even more (hence my terrible iPhone photos below).
The menu is simple and small featuring specialty and make-your-own pizzas, calzones and salads. We started out with a couple bottles of beer and the house salad. The salad featured chopped romaine covered in freshly sliced mushrooms, onions and tomatoes. I enjoyed the light homemade vinaigrette and you could definitely tell the vegetables were fresh. The salad itself was gigantic and big enough to share with a group.
|House Salad with fresh tomatoes, mushrooms & onion, tossed in a house vinaigrette|
The pizza came out piping hot and with flecks of coal "dust" on the crust. I really enjoyed how they place your pizza atop an empty can of peeled plum tomatoes, which I'm sure they go through quite rapidly. The pie featured blankets of fresh mozzarella on marinara sauce, with a sprinkling of romano and large leaves of basil on top.
I really enjoyed the crispiness of the crust but let me warn you, this is probably the thinnest pizza you'll ever try. The pizza was so thin, you could easily roll up a slice and eat it. Personally, I thought it was a little too thin but I loved the crust. While the margherita was tasty, I regretted not getting a more adventurous pizza. It was too plain to say it was an amazing pizza.
|Margherita Pizza with fresh mozzarella, grated romano, olive oil and fresh basil|
1321 West Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642