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  • Fran D May 14, 2004 12:00 AM
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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?

Thanks!

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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
      k
      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
          k
          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.
            Skokie
            847-675-3737

            Candlelite
            7452 N. Western Ave.
            773-465-0087

            Link: http://www.eatchicago.net/

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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
                stirs-the-pot

                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.

                STP

                1. No delivery, but Tonelli's in Northbrook (Waukegan Rd.) was my family's absolute favorite when I was growing up. Sausage & provolone -- thin crust only. Awesome.

                  1. The name is escaping me presently but the pizzeria adjacent to the Hungarian Kosher grocery on Oakton in Skokie makes some of the best pizza I have had in a long time. Of course, sausage and pepperoni are not an option, being that it is Kosher, but the cheese pizza was to die for.

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                    1. re: winebabe

                      D' Nali's is the name of the pizza place -

                    2. Just wanted to say thanks to all the posters. I'd be willing to give Pequod's and Village Inn a try despite some of the negative comments. I remember Pequod's from the Clybourne corrider, and they were decent. I've also seen Madhu's and wondered....hmm, middle eastern pizza, anyone?

                      I think someone was also recommending DaNali's, which is next door to the Hungarian Kosher Restaurant. I've also seen Eastern Style PIzza, another kosher option, in the area, which I'll try to sample as well.

                      I guess I could be mildly "scientific" (or at least chowhoundish) and report back the findings with taste tests and all.

                      Thanks again everyone.

                      Also, in total agreement about Tonelli's. Great pizza there, but a bit far for us.

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                      1. re: Fran D

                        Regarding Barnaby's in Niles, I had the thin crust sausage pizza last week and I was delighted.

                        You spoiled Chicagoans don't know what it's like not to eat sausage for a whole year. In Lost Angeles, we have spicy Italian sausage, but it's not the same. The fennel sausage in Chicago, the meat covering the Barnaby's pie, is one of a kind, succulent, anise-infused, lean and juicy.

                        The Barnaby's crust is so thin it looks like a mistake. Unfortunately, they cover the edge with a dense thick, chewy brocade of crust that is artless and nearly destroys the entire effect. However, forgiving that one small mistake, this pizza is amazing. The Barnaby's Italian beef sandwich is uninspired, however. Also, the line chefs at Barnaby's are an odd lot, unapproachable and mute. (It's not the ESL issue, either. They responded to my compliment with a shrug and a standoffish "okay". I didn't even try to kiss them or anything. The guy bussing tables, however, was buoyant and knowledgeable about the pizza.)

                        So, Chicagoans, shut up and recognize that you live in the food capital of the world. Spoiled brats. :)

                      2. Trattoria DOC in Evanston on Main if you would like to try Neapolitan pizzas. However, they probably don't deliver and, besides, the character of the pizza changes (not for the good) if it's not eaten right out of the oven.

                        Otherwise, Giorgio's might deliver. It's located in downtown EV by Bennison's.

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                        1. re: u.of.c. eddie

                          Trattoria DOC is excellent and they do have carry out - and you're right, they don't even slice it, since that will effect how it cools down.

                          It's Gigio's at 1001 Davis and they have one of the closest NY style pizza in the area (not thin, but not thick either). Philly's Best in Evanston also has a similar pizza.

                          If you're really talking thin pizza (like matzoh bread), Candlelite wins.

                          Word is the people from Campagnola will open a wood-fired pizzeria on Chicago and Dempster called Wild Geese sometime in January 08.

                        2. Don't know if they deliver to Skokie, but Piero's on Ridge in Wilmette makes a great thin crust. It's not the cracker thin neapolitan more like old fashioned south side of the city thin crust.

                          1. Well. Growing up in Skokie, I've eaten at Eastern Style, Barnaby's, Pequods, Pinnochio, Lou Malnati's, Village Inn, and Gulliver's and every other Pizza joint that has come and gone..oh by the way, you didn't miss anything when it came to Madhu's pizza..Pizza and Pita that came after at the same place...not that great, though I heard the falafels were good. Anyway, I have recently tried Burt's Place, right by Pequods. They were written about in Gourmet's Chicago 2007 issue, and were actually on the cover. Its an interesting decorated joint. Can't spoil the shock, so check it out. Mom and Pop place through and through. Decent Pizza. Ingredients are very fresh. It doesn't deliver. For delivery, try Mama Gigio's. Good pizza. Good Thin Crust. Its in Niles, by Super H and Home Depot on Oakton. They are really good. Hopefully that helps.

                            1. Try La Rosa on Golf just west of Crawford. Their thin crust sausage is better than Barnaby's. Also great is the pepperoni. I recommend getting just one ingredient. However, sausage & onion is very good as is pepperoni & green pepper.

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                              1. re: honus

                                I second La Rosa on Golf. Very good thin crust. I get the cheese and love it, my husband loves the sausage.

                                1. re: Lilybeth

                                  I can't actually remember tasting Barnaby's pizza. I always burned the roof of my mouth on the first bite. Sometimes, the cheese would even fall and burn my lower lip. For some reason, I went back often.

                                  1. re: donna5657

                                    "I can't actually remember tasting Barnaby's pizza. I always burned the roof of my mouth on the first bite."

                                    As a 30 year regular of Barnaby's Touhy in Chicago (until they closed), we use to call that the Barnaby Burn. It's what happens when you can pick up your pizza at the window less than two minutes after it comes out of the oven.