There’s an entire day dedicated to pizza parties? Like, c’mon. This is itching every single one of my elementary school sensibilities to the highest degree. May 21st in Chicago, some of the city’s most recognizable pizza spots are flexing their gabagool guns and boasting some of the best pizza pies they have to offer. Chicago is known as a pizza town, with signature deep dish pizza’s to tourists and the beautiful delicacy that is the square-cut tavern pie true Chicagoans brag about, there’s no shortage of good pizza in town. Here are some of the restaurants and bars around the city celebrating a little extra this year for National Pizza Party Day.
On May 21st, West Loop hotspot PB&J is offering the ultimate “$10 Pizza Power Hour” in honor of National Pizza Party Day. From 5:00pm to 6:00pm, all pizzas will be available for $10.00 a pie. Guests can indulge in speciality pies, crafted cocktails, and choose their “jams” on the Jukebox. Diners can make reservations online and walk-ins are also welcome.
To celebrate National Pizza Party Day, the six time Michelin Bib Gourmand Winner, Wood, is serving up a seasonal pizza featuring ramps and house made spicy capicola. The speciality pie will be available for both indoor dining and on the patio. Diners can make reservations online and walk-ins are also welcome.
Dough Daddy’s, a new virtual restaurant based out of Chicago’s West Loop, is available exclusively for takeout and delivery through GrubHub. This pop-up offers Chicago a chance to experience Detroit-style pizzas created with a special sourdough starter, that has been with Chef Noah Zamler for five years. Signature pizzas include: Whatcha Ndujin topped with Nduja, lemon ricotta, blistered tomato, and basil pesto, A Perfect Pear, topped with Butternut Squash, Pear, Pancetta, and Gouda, and Uh Luv Burrata, topped with chili honey, burrata, olive pesto and artichokes.
At The Dearborn this week, Executive Chef Aaron Cuschieri offers craveable, instant classics and Dearborn favorites for dine-in, takeout and delivery. Leaning into the “tavern” in their name, Cuschieri offers a new assortment of Chicago tavern-style pizzas with creative toppings, including a brunch pizza on weekends.
Located in the heart of River North, Nonnina offers classic italian fare with a twist. Nonnina offers a wide variety of pizzas including Margarita, Chicken and Spinach, Leek and Mushroom, Crispy Calamari, and Pepperoni pizza.
Starting Friday, May 14th, both restaurants will feature the Skinny Deep pizza, a lighter version of the classic Chicago deep-dish pie. Rich Labriola, Chief Doughboy of both establishments and the city favorite, Stan’s Donuts, has made sure that this pizza features a skinnier portion of dough with a balanced amount of toppings while still featuring a caramelized cheese crust. The Skinny Deep is available for dine-in or carry-out at the base price of $19. Guests can add as many toppings as their hearts desire for $3.25 per topping. The Skinny Deep is set up to become one of the favorite pizzas for Chicago locals and tourists alike.
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