Inspired by Dolinsky’s Pizza City, USA, the curated guidebook to Chicago pizza joints written by the food reporter, the Pizza City pop-up at Revival Food Hall will highlight selections of Chicago pizza possibilities.
Pizza City finds its home within the stall currently occupied by Union Squared, who will vacate the food hall after their two-year lease agreement expires in March, in order to focus more time on their full service restaurants, including their two newest concepts in Wrigleyville — Union Full Board & Tinker To Evers. The Pizza City vendors include:
- MY PI, March 18th: A staple on the Chicago pizza scene since 1971, My Pi is known for its take on deep-dish pie which features cheese on the bottom and sauce on the top. Richard Aronson, chef, owner and son of My Pi’s founder is proud to continue the pizza legacy his father began as he brings the time-honored Bucktown institution to Revival Food Hall for a three month stint. My Pi will present a selection of doughy delights including the My Pi Special — a combination of sausage or pepperoni topped with mushrooms, onions and green pepper — rotating vegetarian and vegan pies, assorted salads and decadent fudge brownies made with rich Callebaut Belgian chocolate.
- PAT’S PIZZA, June 17th: Taking over in June, owner Gina Pianetto of Pat’s Pizza will continue the pizza legacy her family has upheld since the Lincoln Park spot was founded by her grandfather in 1950. Pat’s will present a condensed menu comprised of its thin crust, tavern-style pies, including the Pat’s Special, topped with sausage, mushroom, onions and green peppers, the Veggie Special with mushroom, onions, green pepper and black olives, as well as the Pesto Chicken topped with pesto, grilled chicken, spinach, sun dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts.
- DANTE’S PIZZERIA, September 16th: With locations in Avondale, Logan Square, Humbolt Park and Lincoln Square, Dante’s creates New York-style jumbo slices and gigantic 20-inch pies. Beginning in September, pizza enthusiasts can head to Revival Food Hall as Dante’s takes up residency. Guests can expect revolving daily specials featuring selections of Dante’s thin crust ‘za available by the slice or as full pies as vegan or topped with cheese, sausage or pepperoni in addition to an assortment of specialty strombolis and salads.
- PALERMO’S 95TH, December 16th: To cap off the series, Oak Lawn's Palermo’s 95th heads north to the Loop to toss its pies at Revival. Open on the Southside for over 58 years, Palermo’s 95th’s Pizza City pop-up will serve an assortment of ‘za including its traditional Chicago-style thin crust, which, like many of its Southside brethren, has a sweeter tomato sauce.
"One of the reasons I wrote the book and designed the tours, was so that locals and tourists could taste some of the best pizzas in the neighborhoods, where Chicagoans actually live,” says Dolinsky. "I tasted 185 pizzas for the book research, and realized much of what we eat is square-cut tavern style, which is why we're also going to have Pat's be one of our pop-ups later this year. I was thrilled when Bruce and Tim reached out, asking for recommendations of some of our beloved neighborhood pizza joints. I can't wait to see them in the Loop, where they'll open themselves up to a completely new audience of pizza lovers.”
“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase some of the best-of-the-best pizza makers in Chicago by partnering with Steve to launch Pizza City in Revival Food Hall,” says Bruce Finkelman, Managing Partner at 16” on Center. “Pizza is without a doubt one of the city’s most distinguishable foods. This pop-up allows us to bring some of the best pizza this city has to offer to our downtown community, and is part of our mission at Revival Food Hall.”
PIZZA CRAWL: In addition to the pop-up series, beginning on April 18th, guests will be invited to join “3rd Thursdays Pizza Crawl” on the third Thursday of each month. This pizza-centric tour will start at Revival and guests will travel by luxury bus to two additional Chicago pizza locations from 6-9pm. Tickets for the tours cost $69 and include alcoholic drinks, the Pizza City, USA guide, tax and gratuity. Tickets can be purchased here.