Not having been to Giordano's in many years on Rush Street, I thought I'd play the game to get there on my visit in August 2009. Luckily, like you, I read a lot on the web about the restaurant in this day, parking, coupons and anything else I could find about "the experience." I found a site that has 3 useful coupons, one of which I used, when ordering my Giordano's pizza on Rush Street. (You may find the coupons here: http://www.hotcoupons.com/cgi-shl/cook/display?rn=2610144&mkt=US%28IL%28CHI%2814%29CSW%2800%29%29%29&fgs=1Abcdefghl&id=IO478B254072943&pid=HC&pfst=N) Here's how I played the game to get the experience, and this may help you too: I rode around on a Saturday afternoon near the restaurant until I found a park and pay spot right in front of Giordano's. My friend sat in the car and waited while I put our name on the list for dine in. I was advised it would be about 1 hour and 15 mins for two people. I took a menu out to the car, we decided on our meal, and 25 minutes later (as the restaurant staff advised), I went in to order our meal at the pre-order counter. You do not pay at this time, only order, and you have to wait 25 min to make the order. I then went back to the car and waited. I had not paid for parking yet, as there is a 2 hour parking limit. The pre-order was a smart move I learned from someone on another web site and it proved extremely helpful. If you put yourself on a waiting list for dine in and do not pre-order, you are certain to wait, on a busy day, 1 hour for your pizza after being seated. When our name was called (the announcements could be heard outside), my friend then paid 1 hour for our parking. We got seated and ordered beverages. I found it nice that if you were called and did not hear the first time, you'll be called again and you'll get a "last call" as a final measure to get you in. We gave the pre-order slip to the waitress and it actually took around 15 min to get the pizza, although we had pre-ordered it much earlier. So, even though you'd think the pizza should have been immediately ready after all of the wait and pre-order, it was not. But, 15 mins of waiting was not bad given that it would have been an hour without doing the pre-order. The waitress was not miss personality, but hey, we were more there for the food. The pizza, as expected, was delicious and hot! The coupon gave us a few dollars off which made it a decently priced meal for two. Thanks for reading my review.
4.25 Stars. This was our second visit picking up and bringing the pizza home. Nancy and I ordered the "Michael's Special" which is cheese, sausage, mushroom, green pepper and onion. An important point worthy of note is that it was as consistently good this time as it was last time. This being the case we felt a review appropriate. We ordered a medium (14 in?) thin crust and there was enough left for another person had one been present to join us. Everything was fresh and the pizza sauce was especially good with a characteristic signature of sweet properly proportioned. Though the title states Pizzeria before Tavern if you didn't know better you would mistake it for a sports bar, with a long bar and over 20 large screen television sets positioned all over the premises. For me to rate 4 stars - particularly with all the pizza places that abound in Chicago is unusual, if the drinks are as good as the pizza I can see myself hanging out here on the less than frequent occasions I have some free time.
My review is a without a shadow of a doubt one. I used to eat this pizza when I was a little boy growing up whether it be at Grammar school, High school or a sleep over. I grew up on North ave. and Long and either it was Victors, Guys, or Congress and Congress reign supreme over all so I know what it tastes like I just found out that they deliver to my new neighborhood in the Austin area so I'm about to introduce them to some pie lovers that haven't tried them yet. They really need to work on their website so can be easier to place and order especially when you don't have a menu handy. I'll have to wait to rate them once I order I havent eaten from here in over ten years and their still bangin out pizzas I here just like they used to so I cant wait click back in on their rating tomorrow when I rate the Austin areas number one pizzaria. Home of the original Football Pizza!!!
I've ordered from Botellos quite a few times, and their food is very good. The Rigatoni Tuscani is my favorite. It has a little kick to it, but just enough. I don't like spicy foods, but it's mild enough for me. Their eggplant parmesan and pizza are also really good, as well as the delivery service and friendliness of the employees. I used to get their chicken salad but stopped because the price went up and the amount of salad went down. Big mistake. How much does lettuce cost anyway?! No need to skimp on lettuce when you're now charging $8.50. Sorry, but unless you're giving me 2 heads of lettuce and 2 chicken breasts you can keep your salad. I give this place 4 stars. It would have been 5 if not for the $8.50 salad...wow that's a lot of dough for some lettuce and chicken.
Ricobene's took over where Sarah's left off. The best sandwich in the universe. People come back to Ricobene's from all parts of the United States for The King, the breaded steak with loaded with a great sauce and sweet peppers. The french fries are the best real fries in the world. These fries actually taste like potatoes. It is a challenge to finish this sandwich in one sitting, but it is so good that I cannot stop until it is entirely consumed. And when it is gone, I feel bad because there is none left. Whereever you come from, no matter how far you have to travel to Ricobene's, it is worth the trip. I have friends that visit Chicago twice a year and there trip is not complete without lunch at Ricobene's.
I love love Tata's Pizza. It's a family owned restaurant and they have very fast prompt service! I can't say enough about how good their pizza sauce is. It reminds me a little bit of Palermo's bc of the sweetness but I like it so much better. The crust is crispy and the cheese is nice and cooked not undercooked like so many other Pizza places. It is cooked in a wood burning oven and it makes a world of difference! Once I went to pick up my pizza and I had to wait an extra 5-10 minutes I thought "no big deal these things happen" well they gave me a huge order of their Ghirardelli Chocolate Brownies to accomodate me. They were awesome. Great Customer Service! Must try!
My family and I have been going here for years and while the service isn't always the best, the pizza never disappoints. We also usually order a large salad for the entire table and it's also very good. We order the deep dish with cheese and tomatoes (chunky sauce) on top of the pizza, which is how all their pizzas are made. We rarely order toppings because we love the cheese and tomatoes so much, but we have enjoyed the sausage a few times, as well as the pepperoni. The crust is flaky and well cooked each time and the cheese is flavorful and just the right texture. Definitely worth checking out, whether you're a Chicago native or out of towner.
We visited this restaurant twice during our stay in chicago. Our first visit was on a friday night, and the wait was long, but what do you expect for a friday night in the city? We learned our lesson and went earlier on our second visit. On both occasions, we ordered a chicago style deep dish pizza, appetizers, and drinks, and it was all awesome! The wait staff was friendly, prices were reasonable, and the atmosphere was fun. The only downfall was that due to it's very near proximity to the airport runway, it often felt as though a plane was going to land on us! ;) Would definitely recommend, and will visit again!
The title of this review may be a bit misleading, as there are only two delivery pizza places for my neighborhood. That being said, Pudgy's Pizza is the better of the two - the sauce is particularly good. The pizza is very fresh and well-made, the sandwiches are hearty, and the staff are friendly and personable. They appreciate their customers, and are quick to remedy any mistakes (and there have been blessed few, in our 12-plus years of experience). The drivers remember my kids without scaring them, and they'll even take personal checks. One note: they do not have a fryer, so expect chips with your sandwiches.
This restaurant offers the best home style pizza and their prices are very reasonable. They have an eat in area or if you want you can call ahead and have it delivered or pick it up. With your order you will receive a menu with some $1 off coupons that you can apply to your next order. The pizza is great and they don't skimp on the cheese or other ingredients. This pizzeria, which is close to Midway airport, is very popular in this Chicago neighborhood and is conveniently located on 63rd St. If you're in the area it's worth a visit. The people that work there are always friendly.