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Pizza Art Cafe
Posted by Jeff on 05/06/2011
We have lived in the neighborhood all our lives and knew about Cafe Pizza Arte from passing it on the street. We decided it was time to try it. With great anticipation of a good meal, we went in. I ordered the Pizza Arte Lasagna and my husband ordered the Greek Salad. The salad was great. I was unable to eat the Lasagna since I had no napkin or silverware. After finally getting these essential items, I ate the Lasagna. I should have refused the silverware. The Lasagna was mediocre at best. Served with a "cream" cheese topping of some sort which was cold, it was uninspired and just wrong in terms of taste and texture. We each ordered our own pizzas, I ordered the Siciliana and my husband ordered the Quattro Fromagio. The pizza dough had the texture of matzoh - it was crispy and had the taste of the bread of affliction. The meat on the Siciliana tasted like it just came off a campfire....smokey and totally wrong for a pizza with a southern Italian name. A frozen D'igiorno pizza would have been a hundred times better. The Quattro Fromagio was globular and also mediocre at best. When the meal was done, and the server asked if I wanted to take home 3/4 of what was left on my plate and when I refused, nobody seemed to even notice that this pizza was going in the garbage! A quality restaurant would have inquired why so much of their food was going in the garbage but not here. There was no sense of quality or concern for customers. All in all it was not a good experience and we will not be going back.
Posted by Alex Jones on 05/16/2009
All I can say is WOW... this great little place gave me my favourite meal whilst over visiting friends in Chicago. The food is basically an amazing twist on Italian classics supported by probably the only REAL pizza oven in this town; having lived in both Rome & Naples I can tell you this pizza is up there with the best. I love the way the chef isn't scared to step into the unknown with things like his unique Bruschette and the Bolognese Pizza (which are both to die for by the way). I guess everyone's service experience varies because I came back twice in a 10 day stay and didn't have a problem either time but even if I did the quality of the food would have cleared any minor server issues from memory especially when my party paid ONLY $20 each including tip each time. Basically get yourself down to this place if you into great food in a cool atmosphere (good music) that won't bust your wallet. PS: BYOB with no cork fee... YAY!"
Posted by eggbert on 08/16/2008
Really good italian style brick oven pizza at an incredibly reasonable price. Service can be uneven, but BYOB more than makes up for it. Can be crowded on Friday and Saturday nights. Desserts are also good. Atmosphere is is fine - word to the wise, try not to look at the art.
Posted by sanja on 07/09/2008
Excellent experience We had a party of 16 - food was amazing