Hungry Hound's Pizza Quest - Full Thin-Crust Pizza List

Thursday, October 29, 2015
pizza quest
Tavern-style thin from Villa Nova, in Stickney
Steve Dolinsky

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Have you ever gotten into an argument with your friends about who has the best pizza in the Chicago area?

Well, our Hungry Hound Steve Dolinsky is aiming to put that debate to rest with a methodical survey of local pizzerias - in his epic PIZZA QUEST.

Our Hungry Hound visited 50 - that's right 50 - pizzerias that specialize in thin-crust pies. Read the full list here and breakdown of thin-crust categories.


The Categories:

Based on the pizzas our Hungry Hound tried, the thin categories - as he's defined them for the Pizza Quest - are as follows:

- Tavern-style: thin, crispy, almost cracker-like crust; square-cut

- Artisan Thin: unique, artisan-made toppings, long ferment time for dough that contains higher percentage of water; usually a puffy, blistered edge, or cornicione

- Thin: You know what this is already

- Neapolitan: 00 flour, San Marzano tomatoes, wood-burning brick oven, fior di latte (domestic mozzarella) or buffalo mozzarella imported from Italy

The Full A-Z List of Thin-Crust Pizzerias (for a review of each restaurant with links to each website, visit the Hound's blog)

800 Degrees

812 Church St., Evanston; 224-307-2803

Style: Neapolitan/Thin

AneMone Caffe & Neapolitan Pizzeria

6431 W. 127th St., Palos Heights; 708-897-0003

Style: Thin

Antica Pizzeria

5663 N. Clark St.; 773-944-1492

Style: Neapolitan

Ordered margherita, approx. 12" ($12.95)

Apart Pizza

2205 W. Montrose Ave.; 773-588-1550

5624 N. Broadway; 773-784-1550

Style: Thin

Armand's Pizza & Pasta

105 W. 1st St., Elmhurst; 630-782-5800

Style: Tavern


18162 Harwood Ave., Homewood; 708-798-8050 - several other locations

Style: Thin

Baldinelli's Pizza Place

114 S. Washington St., Hinsdale; 630-654-4600

Style: Thin

Barnaby's of Northbrook

960 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook; 847-498-3900

Style: Tavern

Bar Toma

110 E. Pearson St.; 312-266-3110

Style: Artisan Thin

Bricks Wood Fired Pizza & Caf

1763 Freedom Dr., Naperville; 630-799-6860

also locations in Lombard and Wheaton, and soon in Lincoln Park

Style: Thin

Caf Luigi

2548 N. Clark St.; 773-404-0200

Style: Thin/NYC Style


7452 N. Western Ave.; 773-465-0087

Style: Tavern

Caponie's Trattoria

7419 W. Irving Park Rd.; 773-804-9024

Style: Thin

Capri's Pizza

8820 S. Commercial Ave.; 773-768-7242

Style: Thin


1321 W. Grand Ave.; 312-226-2625

3705 N. Southport

Style: Artisan/thin

Craft Pizza

1252 N. Damen Ave.; 773-442-7238

Style: Neapolitan American East Coast/thin


17704 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park; 708-633-1144

Style: Tavern-style

DiLeo's Pizzeria

193 E. Butterfield Rd., Elmhurst; 630-782-5700

Style: Thin

Dinotto Pizza e Vino

1551 N. Wells St., (312) 202-0302

Style: Neapolitan


43 E. Ohio St.; 312-521-8700

Style: Neapolitan

Elio Pizza on Fire (closed?)

2360 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-649-1000

Style: Neapolitan-ish

Elio Pizza on Fire

445 W. Lake St., Addison; 630-628-0088

Style: Neapolitan

Forno Rosso

3719 N. Harlem Ave.; 773-295-5697

Style: Neapolitan

Freddy's Pizza

1600 S. 61st Ave., Cicero

Style: Thin

Gianni's Ristorante and Pizzeria

9655 Grand Ave., Franklin Park; 847-451-0100

Style: Tavern

Grand Stand Pizza

9718 W. Grand Ave., Franklin Park; 847-451-1155

Style: Tavern

Italian Pizza Kitchen

1433 N. Dayton St.; 312-642-6700

Style: Thin

Jimmy's Place

7411 W. Madison St., Forest Park; 708-771-7476

Style: Tavern

Marie's Pizza & Liquors

4127-4129 W. Lawrence Ave.; 773-725-1812

Style: Tavern


6654 W. Archer Ave.; 773-586-2828

Style: Thin/Tavern

Palermo's 95th

4849 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn; 708-425-6262

Style: Thin/Tavern

Panino's Pizzaiolo

3702 N. Broadway (entrance on Waveland); 773-472-620o; also locations in Park Ridge and Evanston

Style: Neapolitan

Parkers' Restaurant & Bar

1000 31st St., Downers Grove; 630-960-5700

Style: Neapolitan


2679 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-248-0168

Style: Tavern

Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

1927 W. North Ave.; 773-772-4422

Style: New Haven Thin


Six locations; I went to 2056 W. Division St.; 773-252-1777

Style: Deep and Thin

Pizza Barra

3011 Butterfield Rd, Oak Brook; 630-861-6177

Style: Artisan thin

Pizza Castle

3256 W. 55th St.; 773-776-1075

Style: Thin

Pizza East

Soho House

113 - 125 N. Green St.; 312-521-8000

Style: Artisan Thin

Pizza Metro

1707 W. Division St.; 773-993-1351

Style: Thin

Pizza Rustica

3908 N. Sheridan Rd.; 773-404-8955

Style: Thin

Pizza Serio

1708 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-525-0600

Style: Neapolitan-ish/Thin

Pizzeria da Nella

1443 W. Fullerton Ave.; 773-281-6600

Style: Neapolitan

Pizzeria DeVille

404 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville; 847-367-4992

Style: Artisan Thin


434 W. Ontario St.; 312-944-4340

Style: thin/tavern

Roots Handmade Pizza

1924 W. Chicago Ave.; 773-645-4949

Style: Thin (via the Quad Cities)

Salerno's Pizza

1201 W. Grand Ave.; 312-666-3444

Style: Thin

Side Street Saloon

1456 W. George St.; 773-327-1127

Style: Tavern

Sono Wood Fired

1582 N. Clybourn; 773-255-1122

Style: Artisan Thin/Sicilian

Spacca Napoli

1769 W. Sunnyside; 773-878-2420

Style: Neapolitan

Stella Barra

1954 N. Halsted St.; 773-634-4101

Style: Artisan Thin

The Boiler Room

2210 N. California Ave.; 773-276-5625

Style: Thin

Trattoria Porretta Ristorante & Pizzeria

3656 N. Central Ave., 773-736-1429

Style: Tavern

Union Pizza

1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston; 847-475-2400

Style: Artisan Thin

Villa Napoli

8546 W. Lawrence; 708-456-5022

Style: Tavern

Villa Nova

6821 W. Pershing Rd., Stickney; 708-788-2944

Also locations in Lockport, New Buffalo, MI and Chesterton, IN

Style: Tavern

Vito & Nick's

8433 S. Pulaski Rd.; 773-735-2050

Style: Tavern

Map of Thin Crust Pizzerias

Read the Hound's methodology

The Hound discusses some highlights from his Quest on Windy City LIVE!