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Remembering some great Chicago Pizza

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Freddy L. Dec 19, 2003 01:17 PM

Do any of you old timers out there remember a pizza place that I used to frequent in the 60's. It was on the north side just off Howard Street on the street just east of the tracks. You had to walk down some stairs to the place which was below streeet level. The name of the place was Villa Girgente (or something like that). They served a fantastic thin rectangular pizza cut into squares with corn flour on the bottom. It was the best I've ever had. The place is no longer there (hasn't been for decades). Have they moved? Or is there an alternative place that serves pizza in that style?

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    seminole phil Aug 25, 2011 08:35 AM

    we had a little place in skokie on church street called il forno, was great thin pizza for our local fix if we didnt want to drive down to lou's in lincolnwood

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      SusanLenihan Aug 17, 2011 04:29 PM

      Gosh, I had forgotten about this great pizza place. Yeah, we used to go all the time in the mid 60's. Excellent pizza and garlic bread. Great atmosphere. Loved it!!

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        Sweet Willie Dec 22, 2003 07:39 AM

        I don't remember that one, I am missing Joe's Pizzaria which was on Wolf Rd, just north of Dundee in Wheeling.
        Great thin thin crust. Building is still there with signage, last time I passed by, but it hasn't been open for years.

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          Artie Dec 21, 2003 10:52 AM

          "The name of the place was Villa Girgente (or something like that)."

          It may have been spelled Villa Girgenti but that's the place you're thinking of. It was around 7629 Paulina. I have no idea whtever happened to them.

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            Ed Foster Dec 19, 2003 10:15 PM

            If you're talking about the L tracks, the first street east of the tracks is Paulina. I lived a few blocks away on Juneway in the late 60s, and I don't remember any below-ground places along Paulina.

            If you mean the Northwestern tracks, that would be Clark Street, and I don't remember one there either.

            On Howard itself, but west of both these tracks, was Gulliver's Pizza, which had pretty good food back then.

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              dan Dec 19, 2003 02:22 PM

              Other than the name, you're describing Welcome Inn Pizza. They had a downstairs, plus main floor dining. They were in the building just north of Midas on Western near Howard.

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