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May 31, 2010 05:21 PM

Looking for specific Pizza joint

Quite a while ago (years) there was a review of a Chicago (in the city) 'ma and pa' hole in the wall (my description, having never been) pizza joint. The review may have been on metromix or maybe the Tribune. It was somewhere on the north side and the description was that it was fairly small. The proprietors sounded like pizza fanatics and you had to get there early or miss out on the pizza. Anyone have any idea of what place this is, is it still open, and where it is? I know this is not much info ... my wife and I were discussing pizza and this place came up. I THINK it was in the area of Broadway and north of Foster.


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  1. The pizzeria in question is called Great Lake. I believe it is open from 5-9:30 (or so) Wednesday through Saturday. It's worth the trouble.

    1477 West Balmoral Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60640
    (773) 334-9270

    1. yes, great lake. each pizza is hand made & timed for their limited space. i would read the yelp reviews about this place (with a grain of salt) so you know what you're in for. the pizza is quite good, and though i like to support my neighborhood family businesses, the price is a little steep. it's worth a try though, but be prepared for the wait. or, since it's nice out, call ahead & phone in an order, wait the 1.5 hrs doing other things, then eat it outside!

      i would ignore the negative comments on yelp about the "pizza nazi" rudeness. they are busy, working hard, and trying their best. i found them pleasant & courteous. the reviewers were probably unaware of the wait/small shop & hangry.

      3 Replies
      1. re: bbc

        For me it's the reverse, the price doesn't bother me, it's the wait that isn't worth it.

        1. re: Vlajos

          I'll take Spacca Napoli nearly any day. While still occasionally a hassle nowhere near that at Great Lake. And I think their pizza is excellent.

          Spacca Napoli
          1769 W Sunnyside Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

          Great Lake
          1477 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

        2. re: bbc

          Thanks guys. This is the place I was looking for.