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Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner

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The half-pounder 12.75
The one-pounder 25.5
Pizza Pot Pie
Conceived by the owner in his Chicago Law Office while Dreaming of "il gran giorno" when he would open his restaurant, the Pizza Pot Pie has become a favorite of world-wide pizza connoisseurs who have graced the Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company since its inception in 1972. The Pizza Pot Pie is an individual serving, "made from scratch" with triple-raised Sicilian bread-type dough; a homemade sauce consisting of olive oil, fresh garlic, onions, green peppers, whole plum tomatoes and a special blend of cheeses; sausage made from prime Boston butts; and doorknob-size, whole, fresh mushrooms. (Vegetarian pizza pot pie may be special ordered.)
"Before the meal"...a cheerful, colorful, and appetizing variety of the splendid Italian version of hors d'oeuvres. This abundant serving, however, offers a judicious selection from which one can create a complete individual meal. Experience these unique taste sensations with the Mediterranean Bread and a bottle of dry, red Italian wine.
Chef's Salad
A moderate serving of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, green and black olives, pepperoncini, onions, artichoke hearts, and green peppers, intended for one to two adults to compliment pizza or Oven Grinders. Served with sour cream garlic, sweet and sour poppyseed, and Italian dressings.
Mediterranean Bread
Described simply as a creation. An honest product with a presence, a substance, a fragrance, and a taste. This bread was intended as a compliment to the Antipasto and the Salad Dinners but has earned its reputation, standing alone, as this restaurant's most popular menu item. Serves two to four adults and is enhanced by wine.
What in the blazes? A large authentic Italian loaf stuffed with select Italian meats, cheeses, peppers, etc. basted with freshly seasoned garlic oil, and baked piping hot.
Italian Combination
Smoked ham, Genoa salami, Swiss cheese, anchovies, pickled sweet red pimento peppers, beef-steak tomatoes, Romano cheese, garlic oil and Italian spices.
Italian Salami
Genoa salami, Swiss cheese, anchovies, pickled red pimento peppers, Romano cheese, garlic oil and Italian spices.
Italian Ham
Succulent smoked ham, Swiss cheese, pickled red pimento peppers, Romano cheese, garlic oil and Italian spices.
Baked Italian meatballs, tomato sauce, brick cheese, fresh green peppers, Romano cheese, garlic oil and Italian spices.
Savory Italian sausage, tomato sauce, brick cheese, green peppers, Romano cheese, garlic oil and Italian spices.
Tomato sauce, brick and Swiss cheese, eggplant, onions, olives, mushrooms, red and green peppers, Romano cheese, garlic oil and Italian spices.
These Salad Dinners are "made to order" by specially trained salad chefs and have become as popular over the years as the Pizza Pot Pie. Each one is intended to provide an evening meal for two to four people when accompanied by the Mediterranean Bread and a bottle of wine. Each salad will also satisfy four to six people as an accompaniment to the Pizza Pot Pie or the Oven Grinders. Served with sour cream garlic, sweet and sour poppyseed, and Italian dressings, which may be purchased separately in 12 ounce bottles to take home ($8 per bottle).
Great American
Lettuce, smoked ham, provolone and Swiss cheese, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, artichoke hearts... tossed with freshly grated Romano cheese.
Country French
Lettuce, onions, peppers, tomatoes, chopped green onions, green and black olives, cucumbers, artichoke hearts... topped with crumbled Farmers cheese.
Classic Greek
Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, Greek olives, onions, anchovies, chopped green onions, dill weed... tossed with feta cheese.
Italian Festa
Lettuce, smoked ham, Italian cappocola, provolone and Swiss cheeses, Italian sausage, meatballs, Genoa salami, pepperoni, artichoke hearts, green peppers, anchovies, tomatoes, olives, whole pepperoncini, sliced fresh mushrooms, whole pickled mushrooms, cucumbers, pickled red pimento peppers, chopped green onions...covered with freshly grated Romano cheese.
An Italian frozen cream dessert, flavored with rum and crushed macaroons and sprinkled with finely crushed toasted almonds. Made exclusively for the Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company.
Known for Pizza Pot Pie and Oven Grinder sandwiches. Pizza Pot Pie named Best Cheese recipe in the USA as seen on cable TV.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Italian, American, Pizza
Takeout, Seating, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our family took us there on our last full day in Chicago. Oh, heck yes! Mediterranean bread, the salad and a half pounder. What a delicious experience. I am a foodie and I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. Get there early or be...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Dnc6471
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pizza or Pot Pie - whatever you say, it is Chicago Style deep dish and when you eat it, your body defies the laws of physiology and digestion, and you keep eating and eating. Start off with the salads, because you’ll be waiting awhile. It...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Y4528OIstephens
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had to wait for more than an hout to get a table here, but it was well worth the wait. Amazing bowl pizza, delicious. They only accept cash but have an ATM at the spot.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank jpmfv
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Get the pizza pot pie - period. The salads were great - but it's the pot pie. The place is a bit dark, but that's the mood - good for some, maybe not others - booths are really tight for seating a large person. Great...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank scharven
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

HELL YES!!! The pizza is GOOD AF!!! They have perfected the most important ingredient of a pizza which is the sauce. We waited for over an hour and I’d do it again.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Lamont M
Reviewed May 10, 2019 via mobile

If you love pizza you will LOVE pizza pot pie and that is what you should order! Please note that this restaurant does only take cash and there is an ATM just inside. This restaurant is very small inside and there will be a wait...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank TripswithRiss
Reviewed May 9, 2019

Really long wait so it's recommended that someone arrives early and reserve the table. The pizza was surprisingly great. They flip it over in front of you and it look really weird, but it's really good. I love the atmosphere (intimate and cozy). If you...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank MonroeWise
Reviewed May 7, 2019

I heard so much about this place that i wanted to try it,. I took my sons, the four of us waited over an hour outside, when we finally got a table. first thing we tried was the Mediterranean bread which was delicious, then we...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Amjad K
Reviewed May 2, 2019

We only decided to venture north from our hotel because my nephew raved about this place when he was here two weeks earlier. We had been warned to get there right when they opened (1600 hours) or the line would be out the door. We...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Bruce H
Reviewed April 28, 2019 via mobile

Long waits, big following, small and quaint setting. Get your expectations aligned, if your going for pizza type flavors - no. It’s more of stromboli experience. The grinder are a bit different considering the bread, not crisp. Overall, a novelty place, not a repeat for...More

Date of visit: April 2019
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June 12, 2019|
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Response from Jam_or_Jelly | Reviewed this property |
Took an Uber. But it’s Chicago, so parking sucks
October 18, 2018|
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Response from kbursott | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They have a nice bar. You can also take your drink out in the stoop while you are waiting for your table.
September 20, 2017|
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Response from susalcarp | Reviewed this property |
You can order and pick it up. Not sure if they offer delivery.
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