Lincoln Square waited a long time for the second iteration of Roots Handmade Pizza to open. The neighborhood can finally enjoy the malted-crust Quad City-style pies, cut into strips with the toppings buried under the cheese.
Folks familiar with Roots' first spot in West Town will find themselves right at home inside the 120-seat space, and there's outdoor seating that will arrive later. There's burgundy leather booths, with the walls lined with flat screens. There's a lengthy bar with 22 seats that greets customers. That will hold guests over until Ben Schiller's (The Berkshire Room) neighboring cocktail bar, The Sixth, opens. There's no opening date yet.
Martin Arellano once more helms the kitchen, holding the same position as executive chef he did when the first Roots opened in 2011. Check out the food menu, the dessert menu and the drink menu. Meanwhile, notice the floor underneath the tables in the backroom. The tables sit on rails, perfect for sliding together to accommodate large groups. Check out the photos above.
Roots Handmade Pizza, 2200 N. Lawrence Ave. (773) 433-5959, open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; open until 3 a.m. on Sunday. Carry out and delivery coming soon.