The renowned pizzaria / craft brewry Piece, on North Ave in Wicker Park, has been on my "to try" list for a WHILE, expecially since it combines two of my favorite food groups... pizza... and beer. I finally had a chance to go last night with my friend Joe... Forgot the camera, so no pictures, but here's one of my girl RR enjoying the cuisine, with some dude (via their website):
The place was a throwback to American Flatbread (in Vermont), in that it's a brewry / pizzaria, but there was no authentic brick pizza-cooking kiln this time. Piece delivered though-- the house brew I ordered, Golden Arm, was smooth, crisp and flavorful, but not overwhelmingly heavy or hoppy, as many craft brews tend to be. And the pizza was AWESOME... calling their style "New Haven style thin crust pizza" (ahem, NEW ENGLAND style I think is more appropriate, but whatever), they offer three ways to top it:
Red: traditional tomato sauce and mozzarella pizza
Plain: traditional New Haven pizza, a generous amount of red sauce topped with garlic, extra parmesan and olive oil
White: plain crust brushed with olive oil, diced garlic and mozzarella cheese
Garlic lovers both, we went for the white, with chicken, fresh basil, fresh tomatoes, onions, and green peppers. DEE-LISH!!
Another Chicago place to try if you like this kind of pizza: Tomato Head, which offers equally delicous New England Style pizza for dine-in, take-out, or delivery.