Thursday, June 20, 2013

Toni's Pizza & Organic Pasta

Location: 455 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60654
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A Quick Word:
So, I have been living in Chicago for the past six years of my life and I thought I had heard about or tasted every deep dish pizza slice ever created.  Somehow I missed the organic option.. Toni's Pizza.  This small, mainly take-out, restaurant is located in West Loop.  Upon walking in, you see they have about 6 stools and a small TV for those Blackhawks games!  The best part about this restaurant is the pizza by the slice option.  They have a warmer including three or four pizzas--a mixture of both deep dish and thin crust.  The deep dish option tastes great.  It actually reminds me of a healthier slice, making me feel better about eating a couple extra slices.  The only main problem was the lack of butter did make the crust a little less tasty.  I can't consider it the best of Chicago's deep dish, but it is definitely up there and that is why this healthier option gets a 4-mile rating.

What I Ate:

Spinach Deep Dish Pizza

After stumbling across Toni's, I heard the spinach deep dish pizza was their specialty.  This organic style deep dish pizza is just as it sounds... lots of spinach, cheese, chunky tomato sauce, and deep, thick pizza crust.  It comes with a side of extra sauce if you ask.  After my first bite, I finally found a slice of deep dish pizza that has a crust not full of butter.  It actually tasted somewhat healthy, but I knew I was still splurging.  The spinach flavor is much stronger than most places because I think their cheese to spinach ratio favors the latter.  The crust is like a thinner version of Giordano's... lacks a little flavor, but when dipping into the side of marinara it was great.  And at $4.50 a slice, you can't go wrong.

The DOs/DON'Ts:
- Pizza by the slice!  If you are craving deep dish pizza, but don't want to purchase an entire pizza, this places is the best.

- Don't forget to ask for extra sauce on the side.

How far would I walk for this food?

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