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The Art of Pizza
Posted by Charles on 04/19/2010
My wife and I moved to Chicago in February. During the first few weeks of apartment searching, moving in and unboxing we didn't want to cook - so we tried pretty much every stuffed pizza outlet we could find in the city. We'd never have heard of AOP except the doorman gave us their flyer. Why in god's name do they not have a web site? Anyway, their pizza is truly amazing. Best stuffed pizza in Chicago. Wifey and I usually order the largest stuffed one and eat it over 4 days in a row - that's how much we love it. If guests come and they want delivery I go for AOP, but if they want the full sit-down I still prefer Gino's East on Superior downtown (especially as Gino's has the world's greatest mozzarella sticks).
Posted by Jeff on 02/15/2010
I can't speak to the thin crust or pan, because I haven't tried them yet, but the stuffed pizza is the best my wife and I have tried. (Better than Gino's East, Giordanos and Lou Malnati's deep dish.) So far, I have had the sausage and the hawaiian. My wife has had the pepperoni and the vegetarian. All have been either carryout or delivery and we have yet to be disappointed. The Tribune ranked this place No. 1 in the city for a reason -- the sauce, the cheese, the crust, the extra layer of dough, all are better than the competition and make it delicious. If someone has a negative review, either they didn't get the stuffed pizza or they're a competitor with an agenda.
Posted by Northside Fan on 01/24/2010
One of my top 3 favorite deliver in the northside area. I'm a big fan of the thin crust Southwestern pizza minus the onions. The BBQ sauce is not too sweet and not too tart and is one of the better pizzas I have had. Delivery time can be a bit longer but overall good. Also, when you order, if you are paying by credit card you have to remind the order taker that you wan tto pay via CC as they dont ask.
Posted by Pizza Lova on 12/12/2009
Art of Pizza is the first place I turn to for Chicago Deep Dish. It's pretty cheap, there's good service, and the quarlity of the pizza is (in my opinion) just about unparalleled. If your not in a pizza mood, their daily specials are great deals, and while the salad/soup aren't the greatest quality, you definitely get what you paid for.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/23/2009
While there are others in the discussion, The Art of Pizza is probably my favorite deep dish. And, to address the haters, I am in no way affiliated with The Art of Pizza. I'm sure none of the other positive reviewers are either. The sad truth is I'm a single bum who doesn't cook. And I'm stuck in the ways of my teenage years and early 20s. That is, I eat WAY too much pizza. Though I try to mix it up, AOP is where I go the most. I drive from Bucktown on a regular basis to pick it up. A few things to consider: - Don't be fooled by the lack of ambiance/character and the fact there's only one location. Several publications local and national have selected AOP as Chicago's best deep dish. - Great selection of slices (deep and thin) on a daily basis. Not just cheese or sausage or pepperoni. All of the above and more, including combinations and several veggie options. - Their daily pasta and sandwich specials are above average and a good value. I learned one thing very early after moving here: go where the cops go. If you see a police car (or four) outside an eatery, there's a good chance the place has solid food and is a good value. Drive or walk past AOP and there's a good chance you'll see plenty there.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/05/2009
I don't know about the bad reviews below. I have tried stuffed pizza from the "famous" restaurants in Chicago and this is BY FAR the best I have had. The Art Of Pizza is so much better than Giardano's, Gino's, Lou Malnati's, Uno, etc., that it is not even comparable. The sauce is top notch but the thick, buttery crust really sets the pie apart from the competition. The massive amount of ingredients cuppled with the very thick crust makes the first slice delicious and the second slice hard to eat but still extremely delicious. It is possible that other small pizza restaurants that I have not yet had the pleasure to try might have better pizza. However, The Art Of Pizza is the best pizza I have found in the city.
Posted by Yass on 07/21/2009
We ordered pizza while my family was visiting from Seattle and they LOVED it. Since then I've ordered several times and never been disappointed. The restaurant itself is nothing special but the deep dish pizza explodes with flavor. A little pricey for pizza but it's very tasty with fresh ingredients so I can't complain.