—Over the summer, Deadbolt, the reborn dive bar at 2412 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square (from former Dusek’s barman Dustin Drankiewicz), quietly-added pizza from a Chicago cult favorite. Anthony Scardino a pizza mercenary who has worked at Paulie Gee’s and other restaurant across the city. After that quiet launch, a rep said they’re officially launching the pizza program this week. Scardino — a.k.a Professor Pizza — has created cracker crust pies (think old-school Vito & Nick’s) and an Italian-style grinder (perfect for an after-school snack). Meanwhile, Drankiewicz’s spokeswoman provided an update on his upcoming Logan Square bar, Pink Squirrel — a Wisconsin-style cocktail lounge with a bowling lane. The bar should open in late November at 2414 N. Milwaukee Avenue.
—In other bar/pizza news, Pleasant House Pub over in Pilsen is known for its British pies. Now they’re putting their bakery skills to pizza use. Pleasant House is baking made-to-order pies for Whiner Beer Co.’s taproom inside The Plant at 1400 W. 46th Street. They’ll serve them from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday; and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
—Yes, more pizza news. There’s change over at Urban Crosta, the pizzeria that opened this summer in the same space two other pizza places failed at 355 W. Ohio Street. The company that developed the recipes and concept, Hats Off Hospitality, is no longer involved in the restaurant. Hats Off’s Felipe Ospina said they will be focusing on opening new restaurants. The owner of the restaurant, Shawn DeAmicis, wanted to grow the space in a different direction, according to Ospina who said the relationship was no longer fruitful to his company. Flour & Stone and Robert’s Pizza Company were the two past restaurants. Look for news from Ospina in the spring. It’s more odd news from the space, as DeAmicis was involved in a lawsuit (Hats Off is also listed as a defendant) with Robert Garvey, co-owner of Robert’s. That case is ongoing.
—Moto: The Cookbook was released earlier this week. Click the link for a rundown of the book. Over at Eater National, they’ve got an excerpt of the book from author Homaro Cantu. Cantu, who died in 2015, details his life and shares recipes. Moto was the acclaimed Fulton Market restaurant that closed in 2016. Check it out.
—While Chicagoans are perched to welcome N.Y.’s Roberta’s to town over the weekend for a pop-up, the city is passing it forward in the Bay Area. Honey Butter Fried Chicken is holding its own pop-up, as the popular Avondale spot (and Eater Chicago 38 member) will be serving up chicken from Thursday thought Sunday in San Francisco. Eater SF has the details.