Castel Gandolfo | Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville | Pizza | Restaurant

Castel Gandolfo

Hours: Lunch: Saturday; dinner: Sunday, Tuesday-Saturday
Closed Monday
Open late: Friday & Saturday till 11

Price: $$

CLOSED. Near-north spot serving Neopolitan-style pizza, plus salads, antipasti, and calzones.

Restaurant Details

Despite its newcomer status in a Neapolitan-pizza-crazed town where there’s strong competition even in the neighborhood, Castel Gandolfo, in the Gold Coast, isn’t doing much to ingratiate itself. Though grandiosely named after the pope’s summer residence, it’s housed in an ugly squat stucco corner building that has been the site of several failed restaurants (most recently, Iggy’s). The 14- and 16-inch pies run $1 per inch, which by itself wouldn’t be so bad if ingredients beyond tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella weren’t $2 to $4 each. The result: a small pizza with prosciutto, roasted red peppers, and olives sets you back $24. Add to that an $8 house salad or $12 antipasto and you have the reason this cursed corner is likely to see another victim.

Kate Schmidt

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Price: $$

Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa, AmEx, Discover

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