As countless slumber parties and divorced parents will tell you, pizza is a great takeout food. This means it’s pretty much pandemic proof, so it’s no surprise that a bunch of new pizza options have been popping up all over the city - from takeout windows to virtual restaurants to weekly pop-ups. Here are 10 of our favorites we’ve had recently, and make sure to check back for updates.
Paulie Gee's Wicker Park
Surprising exactly no one, Paulie Gee’s in Wicker Park makes an excellent New York-style pie. After all, the original Paulie Gee’s is in Brooklyn. And unlike the one in Logan Square, this new location focuses exclusively on New York-style pizza that you can get as a pie or in foldable slices that come on little paper plates. Classics like the pepperoni are great, but so are the more interesting varieties like roasted pork topped with a pineapple habanero salsa and cilantro sauce.
Chef Bill Kim's Pizza & Parm Shop
If you feel like this city needs more Detroit-style pizza you’ll be happy to hear about Pizza And Parm Shop operating out of Urbanbelly in Wicker Park. All the pies here are Detroit-style, with flavor combinations like Korean BBQ with kimchi, along with toppings like smoked pork and pineapple. The crust is airy and crunchy, and has caramelized cheese on the sides and on the bottom of the pie - something we didn’t know we needed, but absolutely do.
While we’re at it, let’s throw another new Detroit-style into the mix. Dough Daddy’s is a delivery-only restaurant operating out of The Press Room in the West Loop. And these pies rival a deep dish from Lou Malnati’s in terms of heft. They’re very cheesy and rich, with fun flavor combinations like “A Perfect Pear,” topped with butternut squash, roasted pear, pancetta, and gouda. The crust is doughy and thick, which helps it hold up to the generous amount of toppings. It’s also worth noting that the pies don’t feel too pricey, ranging from $13-$16, especially considering that your pizza might last you a week.
Out of all the new options Pizza Friendly Pizza is our favorite. This carryout-window in Ukrainian Village sells Sicilian pan-style pizza by the slice (you can also pre-order a full pie) and it’s f*cking fantastic. The thick crust is incredibly light and airy with a slight sourdough-y flavor, and the tomato sauce is rich and spicy. They have a few varieties available, like the charred pepperoni (that are perfect little grease cups) and one of our favorites, the Ruben’s Special - topped with sausage and a delicious housemade giardiniera. Do yourself a favor and just go for a full pie (or two).
Milly's Pizza In The Pan
Milly’s is a brand new carryout-only pizza place that takes its inspiration from Burt’s Pizza (FYI, Pequod’s was started by Burt). This means Milly’s has the same kind of pan-style deep dish with a caramelized crust that we all know, love, and make all our visiting friends and families eat. What makes Milly’s different is that this pie has dollops of mozzarella, making it a bit cheesier than its predecessors. There are only a few pies available from Milly’s every day, so order ahead of time.
You might already be familiar with the New-York-style pizza at Pizza Lobo. It’s from the now-closed Bad Hunter team and got its start serving slices out of Lone Wolf in the West Loop. Now the pies have their very own place in Logan Square, and we couldn’t be happier because the pizza here is great. You’ll find delicious red sauce options like the “amatrice yo-self” (roasted tomato, pancetta, and Calabrian chile), and white pies like the spicy broccoli rabe with garlic jam, creamy pesto, and fresh mozzarella. For now, this place is carryout and delivery only, but will be opening a patio for outdoor dining soon.
This is another spot selling Sicilian-style slices out of a takeout window. Pizza Fried Chicken Ice Cream is in Bridgeport, right next to Maria’s. The standout feature of the pizza here is the thick crust’s wonderfully golden brown undercarriage - almost like it’s been fried, but not too greasy. There are four kinds to choose from (cheese, sausage, veggie, and a weekly special like soppressata with fennel), and you can either order a full pie or by-the-slice. They also have a great back patio, perfect for enjoying your pizza and a cocktail from Maria’s.
Table, Donkey and Stick
What’s this? This European wine bar started selling pizza? It’s 2020, you bet your ass it did. Table Donkey Stick in Logan Square recently started making pan-style “grandma pies” (which look suspiciously like Sicilian-style) and the ones you’ll find here are intense. With flavorful cheese blends (with things like gruyere) that are so burnt, the pizza’s surface looks like Freddy Krueger’s face. But we promise all that caramelization tastes delicious, and all their pies are made with housemade charcuterie (like ’nduja with smoked onions) and a dense crust that can hold its own against the flavorful toppings. This is not a casual pie - it’s the kind to get you through a winter in the Alps.
Summer of 2019 (now known as the Season Of Innocence), we put Ludlow Liquors on our summer Hit List because of its fantastic back patio. Well, they still have that patio (which is currently open), but now this bar is making Sicilian-style pizza available for carryout. Ludlow’s has a fluffy, ultra-crunchy crust that goes heavy on the olive oil (if you’ve ever eaten a focaccia breadstick from Biaggi’s you get the idea) and is topped with a light tomato sauce. It also comes with a spicy pepper sauce and - most importantly - ranch. In other words, this is good beer-drinking pizza.
Five Squared Pizza
This pizza spot is a little more elusive than the others. Five Squared Pizza operates out of a virtual kitchen in The Hatchery on Fridays only, the menu changes weekly, and you have to order via Instagram. But if you like tasty and interesting Detroit-style pizzas, it’s worth seeking out. Their long menu has fun varieties like cheeseburger (American cheese, caramelized onions, and beef patties) pimento mac (topped with Cheez-it crumbs), and spicy housemade meatball.