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May 14, 2004 12:00 AM

Skokie Thin Crust Pizza

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Looking for your suggestions on good local-type pizza in the Skokie area. Close-by suburbs are welcome also (Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Wilmette, Evanston) but I'm definitely looking for a place that delivers.

Much as I love Malnatis for deep dish, their thin crust doesn't do it for me. The crust is too rich.

Any suggestions on delivery pizza in Skokie with good cracker-y style thin crust?


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  1. As someone who worked in Skokie for 20 years before we were merged out of existence, I can honestly say I never ate any thin-crust 'za in Skokie. With Edwardo's and Malnati's close by, few people were ever interested in the thin stuff.

    Those that did tended to go to the Village Inn, mostly for its proximity -- it was competent, but not great. My sister, who also works in Skokie, likes Madhu's at Lincoln & Skokie Blvd.

    The one nearby place I can recommend is Pequod's on Lincoln in Morton Grove. Classic thin crust, crunchy and decent cheese and sauce.

    But come out further west to the Des Plaines/Mt Prospect border, and I'll offer up some Mugavero's. Mmmm.

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    1. re: JoelF
      Kenny from Rogers Park

      Re: The Pequod

      Wow, my mom lives near the Pequod, and so I've sampled the thin crust a couple of times. I will not repeat the experience. First, I wouldn't really call the crust "thin"--it is "bready" and thick. This wouldn't necessarily be a problem if the crust flavor didn't resemble what I imagine super-inflated cardboard would taste like. I found the sauce similarly bland. And the sausage was nothing to write home about, either. I've heard the pan pizza here is better, so maybe I'll give it a shot sometime. But I certainly wouldn't recommend Pequod's thin crust. I'd much rather have the mediocre thin crust at Barnaby's on Caldwell southeast of Oakton before again subjecting myself to the Peqoud thin pie.

      1. re: Kenny from Rogers Park

        I will admit it's been some time since I've been there, but I knew of folks who went there regularly -- avoiding the Village Inn that was much closer.

        But Barnaby's? No. When I grew up in Northbrook, they were about the only place open past 9PM that under-21s could get into, and we'd go there just to complain about the pizza.

        1. re: JoelF
          Kenny from Rogers Park

          "But Barnaby's? No. When I grew up in Northbrook, they were about the only place open past 9PM that under-21s could get into, and we'd go there just to complain about the pizza."

          In my experience, the quality of Barnaby's pizza varies widely by location and over time. The last time I tried the Barnaby's in Niles, it was clearly superior to the current rendition of the Pequod thin crust.....But it still was still pretty bad.

          1. re: Kenny from Rogers Park

            Does anyone remember the Capri restaurant on Howard near the Lake during the early 60s? The crust was crisp, the dough chewey and the mushrooms and sausage combo could not be beat. The owner, Vince, was exceptionally nice. Ahhh, the good old days.

        2. re: Kenny from Rogers Park

          The Pequod's in Morton Grove is known for their excellent pan pizza, which is what most people order. They put cheese around the outside rim of the pan, and then basically incinerate it in a very hot oven. That produces a crispy carmelized crust. I think their dough and their ovens are configured for their signature pan pizza recipe, which makes for a very mediocre thin crust. They should probably just stick to what they do well.

          1. re: Kenny from Rogers Park

            Duuude . . . I haven't been to the Barnaby's you're talking about, but the one on Skokie Blvd in Northfield serves up a VERY good thin crust sausage pizza.

        3. there's a restaurant called viccino's in glenview that sells thin crust pizza. it's honestly not as good as lou's but i think it's worth trying because the crust is super thin and crispy.

          1. Try Village Inn Pizza on Lincoln Ave. My grandmother lives nearby, and I've stopped in for some thin crust once or twice when I had the chance. I remember enjoying it very much.

            The old Candlelite on Western (just south of Howard, close to Evanston) has re-opened. I haven't tried their pizza under the new owners, but I loved their thin-crust before. I hear that it's pretty much the same.

            Village Inn Pizzeria
            8050 Lincoln Ave.

            7452 N. Western Ave.


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            1. re: eatchicago

              For fans of the old Candlelite pizza. One of the former owners owns the Bluestone on Central in Evanston. They serve that same ultra-thin crust pizza. The crust is so thin, it is almost transparent. Definitely Atkins friendly pizza. I don't think they deliver though.

              I have not been to the "new" Candlelite, yet. I have so many fond memories of the original. The food was never that great (it was OK), and I am not a fan of paper-thin crust pizza, but it was a great place to watch a ballgame and tip a few beers with neighbors. It was a real Rogers Park institution.

              1. re: DaveC

                I've been to the new Candlelite twice. The first time they didn't quite have the pizza down. The second time it was dead on. I think, but I am not sure, that the original owners are involved in this operation, as well as Bluestone on Central St. FYI, Tuesdays are 2 for 1 pizza at the Candlelite. All that being said, I wish someone could resurrect the super thin pizza that came from Welcome Inn that was once across the street from Candlelite.

                1. re: dan

                  Do they still have the Turkey Club pizza with the shredded lettuce on top? Or how about the Italian beef pizza, with the big slices of Italian beef covering the entire surface?

                  I guess the guy who originally was going to buy the place lost his financing. The owners of the business then negotiated with the owner of the building about re-opening the place. At some point, the landlord figured he could do it on his own without them. Then the place just sat empty for a year. I don't know what the eventual outcome was. I will have to make a trek up to the Bluestone to get the skinny from John.

                  I guess it doesn't really matter who ended up with it, as long as it stays open. It would have been a shame to lose another neighborhood family tavern to new development, like the Pinewood on Touhy.

            2. I too have been searching for a decent non-stuffed or non-pan pizza in Evanston environs. I think it is a testament to how lousy the pickings are that people are recommending Candelite. I feel like their pizza is on a par with a frozen Tombstone brand.

              Are you people sure they make it themselves? The crust and all toppings in their kitchen? I find that hard to believe.

              Im not knocking Candelite as a place to hang out and drink, but as a pizza place? No way, in my opinion.

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              1. re: beergeek

                Different strokes for different folks, I guess. But, yes, belive it, they made their own crust.

                I grew up in the neighborhood and their thin was a staple for us. I went out of my way for it up until their closing, but haven't been to the new one yet. My family also had many friends from deep in the suburbs who would always insist on us getting a pizza from there when they came into RP for a visit.

                Sorry you didn't like it. Hopefully some of the other recommendations are more to your liking.

                (Personally, I think Lou Mal's makes great thin crust, but the original poster specifically wanted something else.)

                1. re: eatchicago

                  That's the way it was with the Candlelite pizza, you either loved it or you hated it. I remember hearing people demand their money back after trying a bite. I always thought it was like cheese melted onto a cracker, but I have friends from the 'thinner is better' school of pizza that raved about it. To me it was like the Bucket o' Suds pizza, just something to soak up the beer. Although, I did kind of like the turkey club pizza with chilled shredded lettuce piled on top. It was more like a cross between a quesadilla and a tostada than a pizza. The hot melted cheese with the cool lettuce and the ultra-thin crispy crust made an interesting combo.

              2. s

                The La Rosa pizza on Dempster is long gone (saw Florence Henderson eating there once) it was the benchmark Skokie thin crust pie, heck, it got Mrs. Brady's seal of approval.

                There was another La Rosa at Golf and Crawford that may still be open, not quite as good as the original, but still a decent thin crust pizza.