2207 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” are two masterpieces in their respective genres. They share the same building blocks – a handful of musical notes – to produce two completely different types of experience. Both experiences can be extremely positive, provided that different factors are properly combined together: the quality of the score, the abilities of the musicians and the personal preferences of the listener.
If you have read until this point, you may be wondering what is the connection between music and pizza. Your curiosity will be immediately satisfied!
Traditional pizza and Chicago pizza are like a classical music theme and rock ‘n’ roll song (you can decide which one is what). They use the same “musical notes” – flour, water, yeast, oil, tomato, cheese, salt, herbs and spices – to produce different kinds of culinary experience. Both of them can be really good, provided that they are prepared with care and tasted without prejudices.
Tasting a Chicago pizza and expecting an experience similar to a traditional pizza is like asking for a stage diving at a cello concerto. A total failure, most likely.
Today we want to taste Chicago pizza and we will evaluate it as a… Chicago pizza. With this idea in mind, we enter Pequod’s.
Pequod’s is home to one of the best Chicago pizzas you could find. It is located in a residential neighborhood, which makes the tables less crowded and the experience more enjoyable. The waiters are friendly and efficient.
The Chicago pizza has a thin crust at the bottom and on the sides. The consistency and flavor of the crust create a balanced contrast with the fluffiness of the dough. The dough itself is not heavy and it is perfectly integrated with tomato sauce and the cheese on the top.
Each slice starts with a moistly bite of tomato sauce and cheese, and ends with the rich flavor of the melted cheese crust. The seven inch “personal” pizza is also the right size for a meal that will leave you with the desire of “just one more slice”. A good reason to come back.