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13 Chef-Approved Chicago Pizzerias, Mapped

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Pizza is a food that crosses many boundaries and connects all different walks of life. Chicago's most acclaimed chefs are lovers of pizza too, eating slices after work, ordering at home on days off, and returning to nostalgic childhood pizzerias. From iconic pizza joints to South Side spots chefs grew up with to artisan hand-stretched Neopolitan pies, here are Chicago chefs favorite pizzerias in the area.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Spacca Napoli

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1769 W Sunnyside Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 878-2420
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Chefs and restaurateurs' love of Jonathan Goldsmith's traditional Neopolitan pies runs deep. The list of admirers includes Tony Mantuano, Nick Kokonas, Ryan Poli, Paul Fehribach, Tony Priolo, and Jared Van Camp, who proclaims that "Jonathan is the master."

2. Pequod's Pizza

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2207 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 327-1512
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Not only is Pequod's a favorite of many Chicagoans but also chefs, proving that customers and experts often are on the same page. Chefs exulting the famed caramelized at this iconic pizzeria include Grant Achatz, Graham Elliot, Carrie Nahabedian, Lee Wolen, Ryan McCaskey, Brandon Baltzley, and Cary Taylor; Pequod's is probably the biggest chef favorite of them all.

3. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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1927 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 772-4422
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Jason Vincent, Christine Cikowski, and Chris Macchia are fans of the New Haven-style pies, not to mention the beer, at Piece.

4. Coalfire Pizza

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1321 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 226-2625
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The artisan pies at Coalfire are at the top of many chefs' lists, including Bill Kim, Dirk Flanigan, Michael Dean Reynolds, John Manion (who made a collaboration pizza here for Pizza Week), and Blackbird's David Posey, who says "I love the crust there, it's perfectly chewy, and their toppings are good. They use high quality ingredients and it shows."

5. Dante's Pizzeria

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3028 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 342-0002
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Dante's has New York-style pies, a Catholic motif, and chef fans in Giuseppe Tentori, Matthias Merges, and Mindy Segal.

6. Balena

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1633 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 867-3888
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The pizzas at this upscale Italian restaurant collaboration between The Bristol and Boka groups are big hits for a few chefs, such as Rick Bayless, Nathan Sears and Pat Sheerin.

7. Bricks Chicago

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1909 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 255-0851
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Bricks' pizzas are beloved by Curtis Duffy and Nick Kokonas. Duffy particularly loves how the thin crust pies are well balanced, as well as the quiet atmosphere.

8. Burt's Place

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8541 Ferris Ave
Morton Grove, IL 60053
(847) 965-7997
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Homaro Cantu, The Salsa Truck's Dan Salls, and Jason Chan all love Burt Katz's iconic deep dish pies at Burt's Place.

9. Jimmy's Pizza Cafe

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5159 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 293-6992
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Up in Lincoln Square, Jimmy's Pizza Cafe has chef fans in Cleetus Friedman and Gene Kato. Friedman particularly loves the white pies here, which are "straight-up NYC-style kick ass."

10. Vito & Nick's Pizza

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8433 S Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60652
(773) 735-2050
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This old-school South Side icon is a favorite of many locals...and Mike Sheerin.

11. Fox's Restaurant & Pub

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9240 S Cicero Ave
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 572-0433
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Chris Pandel has fond childhood memories of the greasy thin crust at the Fox's south suburban chain.

12. Villa Nova Pizza

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6821 Pershing Rd
Stickney, IL 60402
(708) 788-2944
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Out in Stickey, it's Michael Taus who's been eating the pizza at Villa Nova since he was a kid. "It's super thin like my Grandmother's," he says.

13. The Boiler Room

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2210 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-5625
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When The Publican's Cosmo Goss wants a slice of his native California, he heads to The Boiler Room. Many Logan Squarists like it too.

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1. Spacca Napoli

1769 W Sunnyside Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Chefs and restaurateurs' love of Jonathan Goldsmith's traditional Neopolitan pies runs deep. The list of admirers includes Tony Mantuano, Nick Kokonas, Ryan Poli, Paul Fehribach, Tony Priolo, and Jared Van Camp, who proclaims that "Jonathan is the master."
1769 W Sunnyside Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

2. Pequod's Pizza

2207 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Not only is Pequod's a favorite of many Chicagoans but also chefs, proving that customers and experts often are on the same page. Chefs exulting the famed caramelized at this iconic pizzeria include Grant Achatz, Graham Elliot, Carrie Nahabedian, Lee Wolen, Ryan McCaskey, Brandon Baltzley, and Cary Taylor; Pequod's is probably the biggest chef favorite of them all.
2207 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

3. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

1927 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Jason Vincent, Christine Cikowski, and Chris Macchia are fans of the New Haven-style pies, not to mention the beer, at Piece.
1927 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

4. Coalfire Pizza

1321 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
The artisan pies at Coalfire are at the top of many chefs' lists, including Bill Kim, Dirk Flanigan, Michael Dean Reynolds, John Manion (who made a collaboration pizza here for Pizza Week), and Blackbird's David Posey, who says "I love the crust there, it's perfectly chewy, and their toppings are good. They use high quality ingredients and it shows."
1321 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

5. Dante's Pizzeria

3028 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Dante's has New York-style pies, a Catholic motif, and chef fans in Giuseppe Tentori, Matthias Merges, and Mindy Segal.
3028 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Balena

1633 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
The pizzas at this upscale Italian restaurant collaboration between The Bristol and Boka groups are big hits for a few chefs, such as Rick Bayless, Nathan Sears and Pat Sheerin.
1633 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

7. Bricks Chicago

1909 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Bricks' pizzas are beloved by Curtis Duffy and Nick Kokonas. Duffy particularly loves how the thin crust pies are well balanced, as well as the quiet atmosphere.
1909 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

8. Burt's Place

8541 Ferris Ave, Morton Grove, IL 60053
Homaro Cantu, The Salsa Truck's Dan Salls, and Jason Chan all love Burt Katz's iconic deep dish pies at Burt's Place.
8541 Ferris Ave
Morton Grove, IL 60053

9. Jimmy's Pizza Cafe

5159 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Up in Lincoln Square, Jimmy's Pizza Cafe has chef fans in Cleetus Friedman and Gene Kato. Friedman particularly loves the white pies here, which are "straight-up NYC-style kick ass."
5159 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

10. Vito & Nick's Pizza

8433 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60652
This old-school South Side icon is a favorite of many locals...and Mike Sheerin.
8433 S Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60652

11. Fox's Restaurant & Pub

9240 S Cicero Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Chris Pandel has fond childhood memories of the greasy thin crust at the Fox's south suburban chain.
9240 S Cicero Ave
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

12. Villa Nova Pizza

6821 Pershing Rd, Stickney, IL 60402
Out in Stickey, it's Michael Taus who's been eating the pizza at Villa Nova since he was a kid. "It's super thin like my Grandmother's," he says.
6821 Pershing Rd
Stickney, IL 60402

13. The Boiler Room

2210 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
When The Publican's Cosmo Goss wants a slice of his native California, he heads to The Boiler Room. Many Logan Squarists like it too.
2210 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

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