Chicago Style Pizza - Wicker Park/Buckhead
My wife and I will be visiting my brother-in-law next week, who lives in Wicker Park/Buckhead. We're chowhounds from Seattle, and we're looking for great Chicago style pizza in the area.
After a quick search of the board, I saw a lot of recs for some New Haven or NY style places, which is great - but it seems silly to focus on that while in Chicago.
Any ideas? Or places easily accessible by transit (I think he's on the Blue line) or car that would have a great pizza/authentic Chicago experience?
I'd also love any other recs for food in the area that seems typical of Chicago's character/gastronomic delights. We have two solid days to fill.
Bucktown, not Buckhead
Piece is mentioned in the same breath as Wicker Park and Bucktown b/c it's in the neighborhood, but it's not typical Chicago pizza.
There are several Giardanno's and Gino's pizzas in town for that (or Lou Malnati's or the the original Uno or Due). I can't think of any in the neighborhood, though. The blue line gives you a quick ride downtown for that, though.
Although it's not "typical" Chicago food, if you have time for breakfast, I would suggest the Bongo Room on Milwaukee.
I would have to also agree with the other reply.... Lou Malnatis, Ginos East, Giardannos, Edwardos, and if you do Uno's make sure that is the original downtown, not the chain.
I can't think of any standout Chicago-style pizza in that area. The good thing is that it is easy to get anywhere from that part of town. So if your focus is pizza, you're going to want to go elsewhere. That being said, here are links to 2 recent discussions of Chicago area pizza (note that there are several styles of Chicago pizza - deep dish, stuffed, pan, cracker crust, etc)
I like Pequod's which is north of Bucktown on Clybourn, just north of Webster. The pizza is great and it's quite close to Wicker Park/Bucktown.
Try Irazu (Costa Rican) on Milwaukee. It might not be a Chicago dog or Italian Beef but I think of Latin American cuisine as Chicago since their are a ton of good Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban places to eat.