There’s just something about pizza that makes any day instantly better. And the options are almost endless! From thin crust to pan to deep dish, plus a variety of cheeses and seemingly hundreds of toppings, no two pizzas are ever quite the same. So the next time you’re craving pizza night, turn to one of these local establishments for your perfect pie.
Warning: Do not read on an empty stomach.
The Village Inn Sports Bar and Grill
8050 Lincoln Ave., Skokie
There’s no better place to be when the game is on. Choose from traditional or specialty pizzas, including Buffalo Pizza with wing sauce, chicken and mozzarella or Hawaiian Pizza. Wash it all down with one of the restaurant’s many beer options.
Northbrook Court, Northbrook; Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie
After a day of shopping at Westfield Old Orchard, rest your feet and relax with a delicious pizza (might we suggest The Original BBQ Chicken Pizza or The Works with spicy Italian sausage, pepperoni, Cremini mushrooms, Mozzarella, red onions, green peppers, olives and oregano?) and a cocktail. Not in the mood for pizza? Don’t worry! There are plenty of soups, salads, power bowls and entrees to satisfy any hunger.
2350 Lehigh Ave., Glenview; 241 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling
Visit D’Agostino’s at The Glen for lunch or dinner any day of the year (except Thanksgiving and Christmas). When the weather is nice, dine al fresco on the patio. Or find a seat in the “Pub” whenever your favorite team is playing. Of course, you can always decide to have your favorite pizza, be it thin crust, gluten-free, deep dish, or stuffed deep dish, delivered right to your door.
And if you’re ordering from the Wheeling location, you can now have beer and wine delivered with your favorite pie.
2540 N. Waukegan Road, Glenview
Look at all that cheese! From The Special (sausage, mushrooms, green peppers and onions) and Chicago Classic (pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers and onions) to Super Veggie (mushrooms, green peppers, onions, broccoli, spinach and black olives) and Bacon BBQ Chicken (BBQ chicken, bacon, balsamic onions and BBQ sauce instead of tomato), there’s a deep dish for every taste. Of course, if deep dish isn’t your thing, you can still order a hand-stretched thin crust or crispy extra thin crust.
1850 Sherman Ave., Evanston; 1326 Shermer Road, Northbrook; 1504 N. Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect
Which deep dish reigns supreme? We’ll let you decide. At Lou Malnati’s, try the Malnati Chicago Classic with Lous’ lean sausage and extra cheese on Buttercrust™ (a must!) or the “Lou” with spinach mix, mushrooms and Roma tomatoes with a cheese blend and garlic Buttercrust™. You can even order a “Crustless” Pizza if you’re following a gluten-free or low-carb diet. Pair it all with a Malnati Salad.
Note: The Evanston location offers dine in, carryout, delivery and catering services while Northbrook and Mount Prospect offer carryout, delivery and catering.
1127 Depot St., Glenview
This newer pizza destination in Glenview offers four specialty pizzas: Godfather II (sausage, onions, green peppers, bacon, mushrooms, pepperoni and sliced beef), Garden Vegetable (zucchini, spinach, tomato, onion and garlic), Chief Justice (sausage, pepperoni, tomato, garlic and pepperoncini peppers) and Athenian (spinach, tomato, red onion, kalamata olives, feta cheese and mozzarella cheese). But, you can add your own toppings to any thin crust, gluten-free, or pan pizza.
North Branch Pizza & Burger Co.
4520 W. Lake Ave., Glenview
This locally owned business is the perfect place for dinner if not everyone is feeling pizza. While a few of you dine on specialty pizzas like Blanco (roasted garlic, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, pepperoni and olive oil) or Northshore (prime rib, sausage, pepperoni and onions), everyone else can choose from a large list of salads, tacos, sandwiches, burgers and more. Hint: Stop by on Mondays for half-price pizza.
1968 Dempster St., Evanston
Here, pizza is made “using the old world ingredients, recipes and baking techniques of Naples.” The Capricciosa is made with fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, artichokes, cremini mushrooms, prosciutto di parma, Kalamata olives and olive oil while the Navona features fresh mozzarella, cream, roasted potatoes, Applewood smoked bacon, shaved Parmesan, parsley and red onions. Or, create your own.
2085 Tower Drive, Glenview
Take complete control of your pie with this express, build-your-own pizza restaurant. First, choose your dough, sauce and cheese. Then it’s time to load up on all the toppings your heart desires. Overwhelmed? Try a signature pizza like The Nat (basil pesto, mozzarella, feta, sun-fried tomatoes, spinach and chicken) or Southern Heat (buffalo sauce, mozzarella, chicken, red onions and jalapeños served with ranch or blue cheese). End the evening with gelato.