Hours: Lunch, dinner: seven days
Open late: every night till 11
BYO pizzeria specializing in New York-style slices and 20-inch pies.
"It tasted just like home" is pretty flattering coming from an east-coast expatriate describing a Chicago thin-crust pizza joint, but during a trip to Dante's Pizzeria a transplant from Philly stamped the Logan Square punk-rock pizza spot with her seal of approval. Like Wicker Park's Santullo's, Dante's carries megaslices of pizza (including a daily special) and has an endearing "up yours, here's your food" aesthetic. The mammoth specialty pizzas will easily clog up to four people with greasy goodness—the Inferno alone has poblanos, pepperoni, giardiniera, bacon, garlic, jalapeño, sausage, red onion, and banana peppers. We tried the Beatrice, which featured a sloppy mess of garlic sauce, button mushrooms, and portobellos. It was perfectly terrible for me, and I loved it. Though the crust is paper thin (and shrouded in grease), it holds its flavor well and is great to dip in a side of red sauce when you reach the end of a slice. Other Dante's menu items include pesto bread, poblano poppers, typical salad options, a pair of small but efficient strombolis, and a host of sandwiches, both hot and cold. I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention that during our last visit the kitchen was blaring Lightning Bolt while the close-quartered dining room rocked Engine Down. The competing soundtracks made me like the place even more.
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