All of a sudden a flurry of new pizza places are opening around the city. And as far as we're concerned, that's a great thing. A few weeks ago, Papa Ray's opened a second location, this time in Uptown. Now three more new spots are set to feed us with more pie.
A few weeks ago, Armand's, an old-school pizza joint that originally opened in Elmwood Park in 1956 and now has three additional locations in the western 'burbs, opened in the space briefly occupied by O'Fame at the corner of Berteau and Western.
Today we got word of two new places opening up. The first is simply another outpost of Homemade Pizza Co., this time opening in Lincoln Square. The 20th Chicago location of the bake-at-home 'za company will live at Wilson and Lincoln and will officially open on Dec. 2, but is celebrating starting tonight for the next three days. Guests can swing by between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. for free samples of pizza and salads.
The next is redFLAME, opening in Lincoln Park at 2417 N. Clybourn. The 60-seater (with an additional 20 patio spots come spring) will open in December and offer more than 15 pizza options done in one of two styles: "red flame" (housemade red sauce, mozzarella and romano) or "white flame" (brushed with garlic oil, mozzarella, ricotta, romano cheese, oregano, basil and black pepper). Each pizza will be cooked in a two-step process: first they grill the dough, then they pop the whole pie under fire to work the toppings. In addition, they'll serve wine (many bottles under $20) and craft beers.