A few of the metropolis’s prime pizzerias are experimenting with their menus throughout a pandemic which has shaken shopper confidence with regards to indoor eating. For instance, Pizza Fried Chicken Ice Cream in Bridgeport shifted from thicker Sicilian-style pizzas to thin-cut tavern fashion, as the Tribune reports — possession felt skinny and crispy held up higher after transport throughout the winter.
Over in Logan Sq., Derrick Tung has been making an attempt out new concepts for the previous 12 months at Paulie Gee’s. Not solely did he set up a show case so as to add a pickup window to his enterprise, he additionally started serving New York-style pizzas that are famously sturdy. Paulie Gee’s New Neapolitan pies, which originated in Brooklyn, are supposed to be instantly consumed out of the wood-fired oven. Severe pizza makers scoff on the notion of takeout or supply. However seriousness offers method to survival throughout a pandemic.
Tung, who was already seeking to open location that targeting serving slices, has lately opened a second location in Wicker Park. The slice store additionally has a pickup window dealing with the busy North/Damen/Milwaukee intersection and focuses on New York-style pies. They’ll have a choice of 13 and toppings like sausage and pepperoni — which wasn’t out there from the area’s previous tenant, Bonci — can be found. However chef Tony Dezutter additionally desires to experiment. One pie known as “I’ll Pork You,” and comes topped with citrus-roasted pork pineapple habanero sauce, cilantro sauce, garlic, pickled pink onions, and mozzarella.
Vegans and vegetarians will discover pizza choices. The store can even serve breakfast sandwiches. Final 12 months, Paulie Gee’s in Logan Sq. beginning baking bread, they usually’re utilizing these classes in Wicker Park. A fresh-baked ciabatta bun can come full of scrambled eggs, caramelized onions, and sausage. Different toppings embrace bacon jam. They’ll additionally contemplating providing and egg substitute to veganize the merchandise. There’s additionally fried potato wedges for an entire meal on mornings from Friday by means of Sunday.
Entire pies shall be out there to go, however don’t anticipate finding Detroit-style squares. That seems to be a Logan Sq. unique. For now, Logan Sq. can even serve New York fashion, although Tung says he’ll finally make these pizzas solely out there in Wicker Park; he desires to maintain his retailers distinctive. For Wicker Park, a neighborhood that hasn’t had N.Y.-style slices since Santullo’s closed just a few years in the past, it’s a welcome addition to a neighborhood that counts Piece, Lou Malnati’s, Dimo’s, Knead, Blissful Camper, and Craft pizza.
Chicago is a way more welcoming place for various pizza kinds in comparison with New York. Locations like Jimmy’s Pizza Cafe are praised for its tasty N.Y.-style slices. However nonetheless, Chicago has scant spots for these huge and foldable slices. Fortunately, Wicker Park now has a contender. The town’s second Paulie Gee’s location is now open. Simply be certain to heat up that pizza within the oven at house earlier than having fun with. Tung insists.
Paulie Gee’s Wicker Park, (773) 661-6793, 1566 N. Damen Avenue, open four p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday by means of Thursday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday by means of Sunday. On-line ordering for carryout via Toast and supply via Grubhub.