First reported on a year ago, Evanstonians will finally get their 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza on October 9, the Tribune first reported. Evanston will be the tenth location of the chain, which originated on the West Coast and is operated by the folks behind Umami Burger, and is the first in the Midwest.
Founded in Westwood, California by executive chef Anthony Carron, who used to be the corporate executive chef for the Michael Mina Restaurant Group, 800 Degrees began in 2012 and expanded rapidly.
The assembly-line pizzeria lets customers choose a crust (Neapolitan, crispy, gluten free), sauce (margherita, Bianca, marinara, verde) and an assortment of meats, cheese and vegetables (44 choices in total).
There are also a number of specialty options (sausage and peppers, BLT), burrata paired with assorted options, salads and smaller dishes (truffle cheese bread). Expect beer on tap and a selection of wines as well. You can see all of the menu below.
A Chicago location is also in the works on Michigan Avenue in the forthcoming MILA building. Look for that to open next July. Until then trek to Evanston beginning October 9 to see how 800 Degrees stacks up to its sizable area competition.