As a younger, cuter Macaulay Culkin once showed us, ordering pizza delivery is a good way to make a night-in feel special. Since every night is a night-in at the moment, getting some phenomenal pizza helps break up the monotony, and supports local restaurants at the same time. Below, you’ll find a list of some great options in Chicago that are still up and running.
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Eating Pequod’s at home (preferably on the couch) is encouraged because it makes your transition to the inevitable deep-dish-induced nap very easy. This is pan-style pizza, and what sets it apart is its “caramelized” crust, a.k.a. the burnt edges of crispy cheese surrounding the pie. Also good to know - they have wine and beer for pickup and delivery, too.
If you want deep dish that’s not the pan-style variety, order Lou Malnati’s. It’s the best version of classic Chicago-style pizza, meaning its sauce is on the top with the cheese and toppings underneath. And right now, all of their locations are offering no-contact delivery.
We generally avoid getting traditional Neapolitan pizza to go - it doesn’t usually travel very well. But it’s a new world now, so you’re going to find quite a few spots with it on this list. And Spacca Napoli in Ravenswood has great Neapolitan pies available for takeout. They have bubbled, puffy edges and the thin crust is just perfect. In other words, you’re probably going to end up eating it in the car on the way home.
Forno Rosso in the West Loop also makes fantastic Neapolitan pies. And if we want to eat one without leaving the house, this place delivers.
During these uncertain times, you can still count on Bob’s Pilsen-style pizza, which is available for pickup and/or delivery. Remember: it’s certainly not a real style, but it does have a wonderfully chewy, thin crust. Order the pickle pizza - not only is it surprisingly delicious but gives you the opportunity to try something new, unlike those sweatpants you’ve been wearing for two weeks straight.
Piece has New Haven-style pies, which have a soft and chewy crust, lots of red sauce, and parmesan cheese instead of mozzarella (if you do want mozzarella, you have to ask for it). The pizzas are large, and their topping list is extensive enough to allow you to create some interesting combinations.
Nelle Pizza E Pasta is a fantastic Neapolitan pizza place in Hyde Park. The pizzas are cooked in a wood-burning oven and have the perfectly-charred crust you hope for in a Neapolitan pie.
Pizza is universally appealing, so we’re not surprised that even non-pizza spots have started delivering it. Table Donkey & Stick is one of those - it’s a European wine bar that’s started making thick, rectangular Sicilian pan-style pizzas. And you know what? They’re really good.
We’ve always liked the thin-crust pizzas at Siena Tavern and always made sure that one (usually the burnt pepperoni or the truffle mushroom) was on the table when we ate here. The same is true now, except the “table” is in our house instead of at the restaurant. And if you’re looking for a DIY project, you can order their “from scratch” pizza kit that comes with dough, sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni.
The pizzas at Robert’s have an airy, crispy crust that holds up well to toppings. And this place has a variety to choose from - like fennel with pepperoni and honey, and sausage with caramelized onions. During the shutdown, they’re having people submit topping ideas via Instagram and making the winner the special of the day, which is just fun.
When you eat the pizza at Coda Di Volpe, you have to cut it yourself with scissors provided at the table. But now you can order the pizza without worrying about performance anxiety - it comes pre-cut. Plus, it’s chewy and crispy in all the right ways. And this Italian restaurant also has great pasta dishes, so consider ordering one of those too.
Vito and Nick’s has been around since the 1950s and is a Southside institution. Their specialty is cracker-crust, tavern-style pizza - which is super thin and crispy, with bubbly browned cheese and spicy tomato sauce. This is the best kind of bar pizza, even if the “bar” is a plastic jug of Smirnoff and some Tropicana you bought at CVS.
The pizza at Roots is Quad Cities-style, which, in case you don’t have an encyclopedic brain that keeps track of all the different pizza styles, means it’s cut into rectangles and the toppings are located underneath the cheese. Their menu is long, with lots of salads and a rotating list of specialty pies inspired by local chefs and restaurants. Also important: they have a fruity pebbles cheesecake for dessert.
D’Agostino’s is great office party pizza - the kind that manages to still be satisfying hours after it’s been left to congeal on a conference room table. This applies to your WFH office too - it’s thin, cut into little snackable squares, and has a thick layer of cheese that still tastes good cold. So you can keep eating it in between daily Zoom meetings. Or, let’s face it, during your Zoom meetings. No one cares anymore.
Remember how you felt in college when the doorbell interrupted Madden, and everyone was happy because the pizza had arrived? Having pizza delivered from Homeslice is like that. It’s the best version of pizza like the kind you’d order in college - think Domino’s if Domino’s was awesome. And right now they have survival packages that include quarantine essentials: two pizzas, a six-pack of White Claw, a tub of cookie dough, and a roll of toilet paper.
Parlor falls into the “college dorm delivery pizza” category along with Happy Camper. It’s the same kind of non-polarizing (no debates about deep dish vs. thin crust) pizza. So go ahead and order one of their pies (the River North and Wicker Park locations are open right now), along with mozzarella sticks and nachos, and turn your house into a college bar for the night.
Speaking of bars, this is drunk food at its finest. Big G’s offers the kind-of-weird-but-actually-pretty-good pizzas that sound like they were made using a Chopped basket, with options like BBQ beef and french fries, s’mores pizza, and mac and cheese. They’ll also deliver by the slice, so you don’t have to wake up and face the fact that you ordered a whole pizza topped with lasagna the night before. Which, honestly, sounds pretty amazing right now.