Bonci, the Roman import with two Chicago locations — the only two outside of Europe — has a few new changes for fans of pizza al taglio. The West Loop location has debuted a rotating selection of breakfast pizzas served every morning. The other news is Bonci is teaming up with Caviar to start offering delivery later this week.
The pizzeria, a favorite of the late Anthony Bourdain, serves some of the most acclaimed pizzas in the world. It’s a member of the Eater Chicago 38. The Wicker Park location will debut the breakfast pies later this week, said Bonci USA’s Rick Tasman. He hopes to capitalize on morning commuters at the heavily trafficked Milwaukee/Damen/North intersection and the CTA Damen Blue Line stop. These breakfast pies are exclusively available in Chicago — tourists won’t even find them near the Vatican.
American breakfast patterns are difficult to explain to foreigners. For example, while some stateside may think twice about dim sum in the morning, the rest of world enthusiastically asks to pass the pot stickers. Gabriele Bonci isn’t immune to these misunderstandings. Bonci USA staff consulted with the acclaimed pizza chef over the breakfast slices, but the Americans ultimately came up with the toppings.
The opening breakfast slate includes smoked salmon served on a burrata base and topped with chives; scrambled eggs with zucchini and mushroom; scrambled eggs with a potato base, prosciutto and mozzarella; sausage, mushroom, and eggs; and pancetta, eggs, and prosciutto. They’ll be available daily from about 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., or until they run out.
As far as delivery, Bonci created a menu about 13 pizzas for Caviar. There’s no customization as these are all tried and true combos. While at the restaurant, customers buy pizza by the weight with staff cutting the pies with scissors. That won’t work with delivery, so they’ll be available in three sizes: four slices, eight slices, and 16 slices.
Tasman believes that the pizzas will taste the same delivered as they do coming out of Bonci’s ovens. They’ll come with reheating instructions so customers can get the pies as crispy as they want them. Meatball; arrabbiata; and anchovy and burrata are among the choices for delivery. Suppli is also available.
Bonci is also ramping up its catering operations with full (32 servings) and half-pan (16 servings) with meat, vegetarian, and vegan options. Tasman teased that they’re close to opening a third location in America. He’ll reveal the city at a later date.