D'Agostino's Pizza and Pub
1351 W. Addison St. (Google Maps)
CPC invaded D'Agostino's Pizza and Pub on 3/23/06
I don't know the history of D'Agostino's, but I like to let my imagination test its legs in cases like this. I imagine some dude, Mr. D'Agostino, opens his restaurant in 1968 (this is actually true) and watches as throngs of Cubs fans walk by on their way home after yet another loss and wonders why they don't come into his restaurant. So he labours in the kitchen, trying to improve his recipe, and dies. At this point, his wife and sons continue his life's work and they finally realize that the fans haven't stopped in because they're too full of Old Style to want to eat anything. In this rather unrewarding process, the pizza has gotten pretty good and now that the original hard scrabble Cubs fans have been displaced by the young, the upwardly mobile, the urban professionals who pride themselves on good taste, business finally flourishes.
Ok, it's a lame story, but my job stifles creativity and the story does underscore how I feel about the food and the Cubs, both of which are important. To me.
I don't remember the sizes, but who really cares? We ordered:
- Sundried Tomato Pizza, a special with goat cheese, basil, and sundried tomatoes
- Thin Crust, Pepperoni, Mushroom
- Pan Pizza, Sausage, Onion
- Stuffed, Spinach
Let's begin with the sundried tomato pizza. The goat cheese was mild and I almost forgot the basil was on the pizza, but the sundried tomatoes were excellent. The pepperoni pizza featured D'Agostino's sweet sauce, and I mean that in a positive way. The have ample amounts of sauce under the cheese without making the crust soggy. The mushrooms imparted a stronger flavor than one would expect and I enjoyed it. The pan and stuffed pizzas were both good stabs at Chicago classics. The crust held up well under the weight of the ingredients. Another affordable night out; pizza was about $10 per person.
A few more things of note regarding D'Agostino's:
- I've ordered takeout from their River North location many times. It's pretty good, but not as good as Dine-In
- Wednesday diners get a large pizza with one topping for half price
- They had Goose Island Honker's Ale and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on tap
- I once saw my friend's band play in their basement, also known as the Monkey Room. Don't expect touring bands to play here, it's likely all local, but they have beer down there and it's a fun space
- The Chicago Bar Project reviews the bar side of the restaurant here
Delicious stuffed crust
Their Pan Pizza
The two thin crust pizzas
The lay of the land
Where it went down