Wells Brothers pizza has been rated the 6th best in the U.S. by the book "Everyone Loves Pizza" and has been listed in the top 10 best pizzas in America by USA Today in the 10/12/06 issue.
Upon entrance you immediately get the feel you would expect at one of these old school pizza taverns. You are first greeted by the bar upon entering. Last night it was full with people watching basketball and eating pizza at the bar. They had Spotted Cow ale on tap so there's another good sign in my book. Lighting was dim and the dining room was old school. Old wooden chairs, one of those painted murals of Italy on the wall along with a bunch of old school pictures and articles.
The people working were very nice and set us up with drinks and took our order within 10 minutes despite a pretty packed house. I had explained that we came from Chicago to try this pie. Our waiter replied, "ya’all got that real thick ‘zza way down there in Chicago huh?" which I thought was funny because Chicago isn't really way down there. Racine might as well be a suburb since other spots like Schaumburg get included. I then explained that this tavern style is actually the real Chicago style where I'm from and he had no idea we have pizza spots like Wells Brothers in Chicagoland. So then the pie came out within 15 minutes which I thought was pretty damn fast.
I'm not going to sit here and try and come up with some fancy words to describe this pie. IT WAS AMAZING. I repeat, AMAZING. First thing you notice is the near blackened crust and the fact it is loaded with sausage unlike any other pizza I have ever seen. Upon picking up a piece you realize that the bottom is loaded with cornmeal. It may sound unappetizing but the bottom of the pie felt like sandpaper. Trust me when I say it was as appetizing a tavern style pie as I have ever had.
My buddy, a pizza maker himself who lived in Rome for a few years, mentioned that there's no such thing as too much cornmeal when making a pie. I agree. It passed the crispness test of taking a piece from the middle and holding it up to see if it stayed straight. Crust and sauce were near perfect in my book.
While the neighborhood has changed and the owners have come and gone at Well's, the pie remains the same. Don't be too scared off by the fact it’s in the hood. They have the whole place lighted outside and last night there was a Racine County sheriff escorting older folks in and out and walking around the premises.
(Thanks to Da Beef of the LTHForum for the pics and review)
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