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“Amazing thin crust pizza with fresh mushrooms!” 5 of 5 stars
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Il Forno Pizza & Pasta
750 Osterman Ave Ste A, Deerfield, IL 60015-4302
(847) 940-8611
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Ranked #21 of 55 Restaurants in Deerfield
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Dining options: Delivery
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Dining options: Delivery
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Amazing thin crust pizza with fresh mushrooms!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012 via mobile

Being born and bred on NYC pizza, I was interested to try pizza cut into squares, like a snack. The pizza was made fresh to order, so it took quite some time. Well, after the first bite, I was hooked. Fresh mushrooms (mist pizza places use canned) were perfectly coked. The thin crust was just right. We went back twice over the next three days because we couldn't get enough!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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46 reviews 46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Not gonna talk about the pizza”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Here was my deal: I grew up in the north burbs (of Chicago). When I found myself overnight at a nearby hotel, I researched the net more than is healthy to figure out where (as nearby as possible) I could get the Chicago-only sensation, the Italian Beef sandwich. This messy delight with thinly sliced beef that lives in spiced beef gravy, then (as locals do) is put on a soft, absorbent bread, and dunked completely in the gravy, with the addition of either sweet or hot peppers.

While some Chicagoans favor a version where the spicy pepper mix in oil, called a gardiniere is the star of the sandwich, the sandwich of my youth was "dunked with sweet", more in the Portillo's Italian Beef mold, which is how I ordered it.

Being a carry-out order, this very sloppy sandwich was really well wrapped in multiple layers of foil, with extra gravy for dipping on the side, also tightly wrapped.

For the sake of health, I added onion rings.

I found the sandwich, while possibly not the best one I ever had (but nostalgia may have changed the flavor of the original in my mind) that it was very strong, and cheaper than the competition, at $5.90.

The gravy had a light pepper bite to it. The bread soaked up the gravy as desired. The peppers didn't disintegrate, seemed fresh, and didn't take focus away from the star. Meat was lean and tasty.

The rings were hot, but had no crunch to the batter, as if perhaps they'd been microwaved/re-heated.

But, in the 10pm hour in Deerfield, Illinois, this was a full-on treat.

So, bravo Il Forno, and thanks.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Skokie, Illinois
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“THIN CRUST HEAVEN !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Eat it there and you will love this pie. Great prices and locals everywhere. It is the community gathering place. Kids love it, too.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Delivery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

Great lasagna and can5 believe quick delivery service was that good.....even brought bread and plate for 16 bucks

Visited February 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Good pizza!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011 via mobile

This has to be one of my favorite pizza places. It's also very afortable! Great spot for a quick work lunch.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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