Our 10 Favorite Mom-And-Pop Pizza Joints In Chicago

by | Jun 17, 2024

Are mass-produced pizzas from giant corporations and chains starting to feel stale?

Explore authentic and diverse tastes at Chicago’s mom-and-pop pizza places—They don’t call us Pizza City Numero Uno for nothing!

From the aroma of freshly baked dough and in-house sauces to the clink of pizza pans hitting the oven…

Prepare for a journey through taste, tradition, and heritage.

Ready to discover your new favorite Windy City pizzeria for that next perfect slice?

WOW Pizzeria

Website: Visit their website

Location: Check address & plan route via Google Maps

Known For: Jumbo-sized slices and wings

Pro Tip: They share space with a meat market—Check that out for fresh cuts and other items.

Stunod’s Pizzeria & Buddy’s Italian Ice

Website: Visit their website

Location: Check address & plan route via Google Maps

Known For: Hand-tossed crust pizzas, and the meatball & steak sandwiches.

Their Story: Influenced by their family’s pizza industry background, brothers Austin and Frank Battaglia traveled to Italy to perfect their craft. With a commitment to simple, fresh, and delicious ingredients, they brought Stunod’s pizza to Chicago, continuing their family’s legacy and passion for great food.

Fontano’s Subs & Pizzeria

Website: Visit their website

Location: Check address & plan route via Google Maps

Known For: A delectable pizza sauce, and also their Italian sandwiches and subs.

Their Story: Fontano’s Subs, a Little Italy gem since 1960, gained fame for its back-room subs. Voted “Best Sandwich Shop in the Nation,” they now delight Chicago from their new Michigan Avenue spot.

Boni Vino Ristorante & Pizzeria

Website: Visit their website

Location: Check address & plan route via Google Maps

Known For: Thin crust, Chicago-style pizza and sausage rigatonis.

Armand’s Pizzeria

Website: Visit their website

Location: They have two locations – N Western Ave(Chicago), Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, and Arlington Heights.

Known For: Pan and deep dish pizzas.

Their Story: In 1956, childhood friends Michael Caringella and Armand Christopher opened Armand’s Victory Tap, combining Mike’s family recipes with Armand’s artwork. A coin toss named the place, and their unique venture flourished, becoming a beloved pizzeria in Chicago.

Pro Tip: The Elmhurst location is a 3-minute walk from Elmhurst University, so if you’re visiting someone at the University, you know where to treat them to pizza!

Pat’s Pizza

Website: Visit their website

Location: Check address & plan route on Google Maps

Known For: Tavern-style thin crust pizzas, especially the veg ones.

Their Story: After settling in Chicago, Pat brought the flavors of Italy to the Windy City. With a passion for traditional recipes, he crafted Pat’s Pizza, known for its crispy thin-crust and authentic ingredients, creating a beloved local spot.

Ricobene’s

Website: Visit their website

Location: Check address & plan route on Google Maps

Known For: Slice pizzas, pizza puffs, and Italian ice. 

Their Story: Ricobene’s opened in 1946 with a passion for incredible food and the finest ingredients. Over the years, they’ve cultivated a loyal fan base that shares their love for quality. Come meet them in person and taste the tradition.

Uncle Jerry’s Pizza Company

Website: Visit their website

Location: Check address & plan route via Google Maps

Known For: Sweet sting hot honey pepperoni pizza, and light-crust deep dish pizzas.

Their Story: Uncle Jerry (Jerry Czerwinski) started making pizza at home after moving to Cary, perfecting his Chicago Pan Style pizza. Supported by his family, he turned his hobby into a cozy, local pizza spot.

Pro Tip: They share space with a meat market—Check that out for fresh cuts and other items.

Louisa’s Pizza & Pasta

Website: Visit their website

Location: Check address & plan route via Google Maps

Known For: Deep dish pizzas (especially the crust) and meatballs. Also known for its old-school Chicago neighborhood pizzeria environment.

Chicago Dough Company

Website: Visit their website

Location: They have two locations – Bourbonnais and Richton Park

Known For: Their crusts are highly rated.

Their Story: Mike Rose and Mike Feliu, childhood friends, founded Chicago Dough Company in 1978 to offer handmade pizzas with fresh ingredients. Their passion for quality and community involvement has made their pizzeria a local favorite.

Taking stock—Which of our mom-and-pop pizza parlors are you visiting next?

Do you know of any places that should be on our list?

Maybe you’ve visited personally or a Chicago relative told you about?

Tell us about it in a comment below, and we could feature it in our blog post, with a shout-out to you!

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