Tony from NUDE HIPPO here! My birthday is next week and last night we were making plans on what to do, where to go. I’m simple. An evening at Culver’s for a Butter Burger & Custard Ice Cream Malt is enough for me. However, I told Mariana that I would leave it up to her to surprise me.
That is what I did for my co-host, Amy on her birthday…I surprised her by taking her, with a bunch of people from NUDE HIPPO to a small somewhat unknown pizza place. THE CHICAGO PIZZA AND OVEN GRINDER COMPANY, (2121 N. Clark St, Chicago, around the corner from where the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre took place). This has fast become my favorite place.
You would never think it from the Victorian brownstone facade, but this little place has (at least) one of the most amazing recipes, the Pizza Pot Pie.
Their website describes it best: “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.” It is absolutely amazing. Even their Chef Salad is second to none.
They can get very busy, especially in such a tight but very comfortable space, but the experience & atmosphere is just as good as the food. There is valet service. Heck, you can even pick-up their famous Pizza Pot Pies frozen and take it home. What else could you ask for.
Amy and the gang loved it and couldn’t stop talking about it. Perhaps they will be able to top that for my birthday, but I doubt it.
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