Pizza Art Cafe
4658 N. Rockwell St. [GoogleMaps]
Chicago, IL 60625
CPC invaded Pizza Art Cafe on 10/28/09.
Pizza Art Cafe is tucked into a quiet block of Rockwell Street in Ravenswood, just north of the Brown Line el tracks. The first thing you see when you walk inside is the wood-burning oven to the left. The air is thick with a pleasant garlic aroma, and the dim overhead lighting and candle-lit tables create a warm atmosphere. Some sections of the wall are brick, some wood panels, some drywall, and there are a few curious pieces of three-dimensional art featuring things like high heels, jewelry, and what looked like dried meat. The service is friendly, but can be a bit slow.
In addition to 24 gourmet pizza offerings, the menu includes a variety of Italian and other Mediterranean dishes. There are also a few Bosnian dishes such as cevapcici to reflect the owner's Bosnian roots. One key feature of the menu to note before making plans to eat here is the invitation to BYOB.
The pizza is of the Neapolitan variety, with each thin pie quickly cooked and (usually) lightly charred in the wood-burning oven. The pizzas are each about 12" across, and they range in price from $8 to $13 depending on the toppings. We tried the following six pizzas, which seemed sufficient to sate the eight pizza clubbers in attendance:
- Margherita - tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil
- Funghi - tomato sauce, mozzarella, sliced mushrooms, parsley, garlic
- Siciliana - tomato sauce, mozzarella, sliced assorted roasted peppers, house-cured smoked beef, mushrooms
- Diavola - tomato sauce, mozzarella, salame, hot green peppers
- Pizza Lasagna - tomato sauce, mozzarella, ricotta cheese, ham
- Pizza Art - shrimp topped with homemade cheese sauce and parsley
Overall, Pizza Art Cafe offers some inventive Italian cooking in a cozy, date-friendly space. But some of us could have done with a little less invention and a little more consistency.
The CPC gives Pizza Art Cafe an average score of 5.6.