Friday, November 16, 2012

Flo & Santos

Location:  1310 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605
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A Quick Word:
When searching for new pizza places in Chicago, I stumbled across Flo & Santos... a pizza place that specializes in Thin Crust pizza rather than the traditional deep dish.  They offer so many specialty creations that remind you of random food items from buffalo chicken sandwiches to the italian beef classic.  Overall, the pizza is tasty. The thin crust crisps up nice on the edges, but unfortunately, remains too soggy in the middle.  The toppings are out of this world and the atmosphere seems fun, especially during football games.  However, the main downfall of the restaurant and the REASON for being rated just above average is the outrageous cost.  The prices are beyond expensive.  You pay more for the thin crust and you are not as full as if you were eating Chicago's famous deep dish pizza.  I would come back to try specialty creations, but the price may scare me away for a while.

What We Ate:

"Marco's Italian Beef" Specialty Thin Crust Pizza

Wow... this specialty pizza from Flo and Santos combines the best ingredients to make a creative spin on the classic italian beef sandwich.  The thin crust is topped with thinly shaved beef, hot giardiniera, caramelized onions, fire roasted tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese.  This pizza was incredible.  It had the perfect amount of each topping and each bite reminded me exactly of Al's Italian Beef.  The crust is nice and thin, which is great for the crisp edges, but almost too soggy in the middle.  Besides the soggy middle, the price was the main downfall to the pizza.  We ended up ordering a smaller size because it would have been too expensive to upgrade.

Pineapple and JalapeƱo Thin Crust Pizza

We always order a vegetarian option and this seems to be the staple.  This wasn't one of the speciaties, but instead, we chose the cheese pizza base and added a couple of toppings at around $2.50 per topping depending on which you choose.  The crust was similar situation to how I described it above.  The toppings were once again laid on generously.  I really enjoyed the sweet and spicy combination but did wish we chose the giardiniera rather than jalapeƱo.

Pepperoni and Sausage Thin Crust Pizza

Another large pizza that we ordered via the choose your own toppings.  The meat toppings are a little pricier than the veggie ones, but the meats are 10x better than everywhere else I have tried.  The pepperoni was thick cut (imagine three pepperonis stacked on top each other) and the sausage had a nice spice to it and was freshly pulled and thrown on the pizza. (none of that frozen or preformed sausage balls).  At first, I thought they forgot the pepperonis, but after biting into the pizza, I realized that the cheese was hiding them.  The main problems still deal with the center crust being soggy and the overall cost of the pizza.

The DOs/DON'Ts:
- Do spend the few extra bucks for the "Specialty Pizzas."  They come with extra ingredients and make the pizza that much better.  I wish we ordered more of these.
- Ordering online for the first time gives an automatic 10% coupon
- The place would be great to watch a football game.  I think it is a little pricy for a game, so it doesn't fill up like other bars in Chicago.

- Don't expect the price to be cheap... the place is expensive.
- Don't expect to find deep dish pizza here.  Only thin crust.

How far would I walk for this food?

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