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Dec 19, 2003 01:17 PM

Remembering some great Chicago Pizza

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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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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. "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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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!!