Serio's Italian Villa - Tinley Park
Back in December, I was home for the holidays, and one night I was left to my own devices, and went exploring. I had a hankering for pizza, a frustration with the inconsistency I've experienced at the Aurelio's in Homewood (did quality control and consistency die with Joe Aurelio a few years back?) and one of those "coupon/card" book things, so I went exploring. In looking through the coupon book, I noted the blurb on Serio's said it had been around since the 50s or some such, so I decided to give it a try.
In short, it was a nice find. A true hole in the wall, there's only about six or seven tables in the place, but they turned out a really nice thin crust pizza. It was the sort of non-chain neighborhood "pizza and Italian" place with few pretensions that used to be common before the big-box-store-and-chain-restaurant strip mauling (yes, I meant maul, not mall!) of America. I only had the pizza (sausage and onion), so I can't speak for anythig else on the menu. Some of these places turn out good Italian as well, and in some of them, the rest of the menu is only there as an option for those who don't eat pizza. Can't say which type Serio's may be.
And as always, pizza is a "personal taste" thing, so what I like may not suit your fancy, but I'd put Serio's pie on a par with Aurelio's and Sanfratello's, to name two of the better known south suburban options for thin crust pizza. Why not give the underdog a try?
I'd encourage those with a taste for good thin crust pizza in the south 'burbs to check it out. It's the kind of place that is sadly dying out in this day and age, and I'd like to steer some business to those examples of the "Mom and Pop neighborhood restaurant" genre that remain. We may not be able to stop the inevitable economics of chain restaurant domination of at least the lower end of the dining-out market, but we can certainly enjoy these places and give them our dining dollars while we can.
There's a carry-out-only Palermo's pizzeria in the strip mall on the northwest corner of LaGrange Rd. (Rt. 45) and US 30, across from Enrico's, in Frankfort. The pizza is thin, not cracker thin, and tasty except that the sauce is sweet. This Palermo's is a progeny of the 63rd St. Palermo's, not the 95th St. Palermo's.