Anyone that watches the eating channels has probably seen Vito and Nick’s being pimped by Guy Fieri or whoever. It is one of the few places that deserves TV time. Here are a few reasons why:
1. My first visit with the DollardNSense Lady resulted in us crushing an entire large in less than 10 minutes, so it must have been pretty good. We took her whole family back and it confirmed that, yes, this is really good pizza and causes instant cravings.
2. It’s what real old-school locals think of when they think “Chicago” pizza. Thin crust. Don’t let any national talking head tell you anything different. Plus, the prices are good and they have ground beef and giardinera as toppings.
3. Old Style drafts are $1.50 and very fresh. I actually have an “Old Style Quantity Poured” theory. Basically, if you go to a place where a bunch of townies drink a lot of Old Style, it’s going to taste pretty good (see Wrigley Field or Esquire Lounge in Champaign, IL). Otherwise, not so much.
4. Then there’s this:. Yes, all you can eat Smelts on Fridays.
All in all, it’s worth a drive down to 84th street. The service is a little slow and, for some reason, the bartender wasn’t able to serve a diet coke even though the server could, but it’s the best thin crust I’ve had so far in the city.