A Chicago Restaurant Is Making Pizza Pot Pies And We Need It Here
There's a pizza place in Chicago, wait a minute, is it OK to call this place a "pizza place?"
Here's the thing, it's The Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder in Chicago. Located in Lincoln Park, 2121 Clark Street, it's the type of place that anyone from Rockford looking for a "real" Chicago meal needs to try immediately.
At the Oven Grinder, you need to order a Pizza Pot Pie. It's insanely delicious and kind of an insane dish too.
It's made from scratch with triple-raised Sicilian bread-type dough; a homemade sauce consisting of olive oil, fresh garlic, onions, green peppers, whole plum tomatoes and a special blend of cheese; sausage made from prime Boston butts; and doorknob-size, whole fresh mushrooms.
Sounds good, but then your conventional pizza gets flipped on it's headed, like, literally. All of the aforementioned ingredients are cooked in a bowl, and flipped upside down at your table by your server, thus earning the name Pizza Pot Pie.
I tried it last summer for the first time in years as part of my Top This pizza series on YouTube.
Couple of things you need to know. The Oven Grinder only takes cash, and if you plan on going, be ready to wait because the place gets packed fast due to the smallish size of the restaurant.
If you think you can avoid the lines and make a reservation, think again. The Oven Grinder doesn't do that either. So get comfy, it's gonna take a while but the Pizza Pot Pie is so worth all of the small headaches that come with it.
Nonetheless, the Oven Grinder Pizza Pot Pie is beyond good, it's great. Just thinking about it makes me wish we had a pizza place in Rockford that could attempt to make the same thing.
Lastly, when you're finally seated at the Oven Grinder, start off with a Meditteranean Bread. It's the single greatest way to start off a meal.
When you're done at the Oven Grinder, check-in. I want to know if you agree or do you think it's all hype?
Sweet Lenny is the brand manager of 97ZOK and Operations Manager for Townsquare Media Rockford. Catch him afternoons 3 to 7 on 97ZOK. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and like his page on Facebook.