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Apr 12, 2007 10:13 AM

Very old Italian/pizza joint in Chicago

Several years ago I went with a friend to Chicago. HIs sister turned us on to a great little Italian/pizza joint that I believe was in Lincoln Park. I don't remember much about the place except that the owner greets every customer that walks through the door and that he was very old. I think I remember hearing that this was the oldest Italian place in chicago. What I really remember was that the pizza's were served in bowl and turned out onto a plate at your table. I know its not much to go on, but hopefully some of you diehards will know the place and I certainly will remember when I hear the name. Thanks hounds.

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    1. re: louweezy

      It's almost certainly the above. It's in an old building although the establishment is probably not the oldest pizza joint in Chicago.

    2. Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder has the pot-pie style of pizza. But it is certainly not the oldest Italian place in Chicago. Their website has their history about the building which is interesting if you care to read about it.

      1. bowl?

        sure you don't mean deep baking pan?

        How long ago was this? Prior to 1978?

        The first Lou Malnati's was in Lincolnwood and Lou was a host --some claim Rudy (Lou's dad) invented deep dish:

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        1. re: renov8r

          No Im am sure it was a bowl, much like the "pot pie pizza's" referred to above. It was definitely not prior to '78 however. I feel like it had a name like "129" or "Trattoria 29" or something like that. I know those names sound way too modern to be the place but my memory is weak on that whole evening....could have been the grappa.

          1. re: renov8r

            Just to clarify: Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder make their pizza starting with a little bowl. They put the cheese at the bottom, sauce and mushrooms on top of that, then they stretch dough over the top of the whole thing. It gets baked, then turned out (as described above) "upside down" on to the plate tableside. So, when it's served, it looks kind of like pot pie pizza with the dough on the bottom and cheese on top. You don't eat it out of the bowl it was baked in.