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Closings: Great Lake in Chicago Is Moving On

Slice Meredith Smith 18 comments

It's the last call for Great Lake Pizza at 1477 West Balmoral Avenue. One of the great pizza destinations will no longer be serving some of the country's best pies from their current location come February. More

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Paul Fehribach's East Lakeview

Chicago Amy Cavanaugh 3 comments

At Big Jones, chef and co-owner Paul Fehribach cooks up Southern dishes rooted in history. But when it comes time to eat in his East Lakeview neighborhood, where he's lived for about seven years, Fehribach favors a mix of old and new. More

A Look at the Serious Eats Chicago Launch Party

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 7 comments

I knew the main reason Ed wanted to have a launch party in Chicago was so that he would have an excuse to get as many of his favorite Chicago restaurants together in the same room as possible. Picking one was an impossibility, but our preliminary list quickly grew to the point where there were almost as many restaurants as potential guests. In the end, we settled on four amazing places . More

Chicago Essential: Great Lake

Chicago Daniel Zemans 9 comments

How good is the pizza at Great Lake? If you meet someone who has eaten there and they do not tell you they had one of the best pizza of their lives, you probably don't want to listen to anything that person has to say about food. More

Ed's Cosmic Pizza Blab: Can Serious Pizza-Makers Have More than Two Great Pizzerias?

Slice Ed Levine 57 comments

Most great pizzerias are the product of one compulsive, obsessive person who lives and dies with every pie. Is it possible for a pizzeria to expand beyond two locations and maintain the quality that makes them great? It's like pizza-obsessed folks have decided that their collective ovens get too hot for them to consider adding a third pizzeria. More

The Eight Best Pizzas In Chicago

Slice The Serious Eats Team 28 comments

In a city this passionate about pizza, the debates will always continue. In compiling our list, we had to consider history, style, the old school favorites, and the newcomers. So while this list may not settle any old debates, in fact, it may start will most certainly insight new ones, it is guaranteed to have pies that even the casserole camp will love. More

Daily Slice: Mortadella Pizza at Great Lake, Chicago

Slice Daniel Zemans 9 comments

I'm not one to make grand pronouncements and declare any pizza the best in America, but if anyone wants to call this mortadella pie the best this country has to offer, there's no way I'm going to tell them they're wrong. More

Chicago: Great Lake to Serve To-Go Sicilian Slices

Slice Adam Kuban 1 comment

If you follow pizza, you might know that Great Lake in Chicago is ranked right up there with the best of the best nationwide. The place, though, is small and the wait for a table is notoriously long. This summer, though, the pizzeria will replace its outdoor tables with benches and start serving Sicilian-style pizza to-go to munch on while sitting outside, according to Tasting Table. Grub Street Chicago's Nick Kindelsperger speculates that this may allay some of the grumbling on the part of line-waiters. More

Chicago's Great Lake Pizzeria in 'New York Times' Business Section

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The New York Times business section runs a story on the seemingly mad, mad business practices of Nick Lessins and Lydia Esparza, the owners of Chicago's celebrated Great Lake pizzeria. The place is tiny and doesn't take reservations; it's only... More

Great Lake Too Busy for Its Shirt

Slice Adam Kuban 6 comments

[Photograph: Robyn Lee] From You're the Boss, one of the gazillion New York Times blogs, a bit on Great Lake in Chicago: Sometimes they run out of dough by 8 p.m. and just close the restaurant. Ms. Esparza estimates that 30 percent of the customers get mad waiting. They also say that Chicago has some of the worst pizza in the nation and some of the worst customers. Related: The Windy City Finally Has Great Pizza to Call Its Own Great Lake 1477 W. Balmoral Avenue, Chicago IL 60640 (map) 773-334-9270... More

Great Lake Is Great Shakes: The Windy City Finally Has Great Pizza to Call Its Own

Chicago Ed Levine 47 comments

I went to Chicago last weekend for the thoroughly enjoyable Gold Peak Tea event at Blackbird. I spent three days there and I must tell serious eaters everywhere that it may have been the finest 72 hours of eating I... More

Alan Richman Names Top 25 Pizzas in the U.S.

Slice Adam Kuban 108 comments

Chicago Upstart Great Lake Has Country's Best Pizza Alan Richman (left) and Lucali proprietor-pizzaiolo Mark Iacono (right) hold a copy of the June 2009 issue of "GQ" in front of Iacono's Lucali (the No. 2 pizza in the U.S.) at press event celebrating the story's May 19 publication. The issue contains Richman's "American Pie," a list of the top 25 pizzerias in the country. In the June issue of GQ, food writer extraordinaire Alan Richman ranks the top 25 pizzas in the U.S. after visiting what he considers the top 10 pizza cities in the country. The story is much... More

Great Lake: Stunningly Good Pizza in Chicago

Chicago Daniel Zemans 12 comments

Daniel Zemans, our man in Chicago, checks in with another piece of intel on the Windy City pizza scene. Daniel also blogs about Chicagoland pizza with his friends on the Chicago Pizza Club blog. --The Mgmt. Great Lake 1477 W.... More

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