Cost: Around $10 per person
As you all should know, I've had some trouble finding a good spot to get food at before going to a Cubs game. There was Red Ivy and then Casey Morans. It seemed like I was in a downward spiral of barely edible bar food. Well my dad and I went to a game a few weeks ago, and he knew a pizza place a few blocks away from Wrigley worth checking out... D'Agostino's.
I guess they serve D'Agostino's at Wrigley, but we didn't find this out until the 5th inning or so. Also, the restaurant menu is clearly different than the ballpark stand. The bar is pretty gigantic with two separated rooms. This was key because the main dining room was full of families with little kids. They had clowns and everything for entertainment. Balloon animals are cool, but once one kid realizes how much fun it is to pop one then things go downhill pretty quickly. So anyways, we sat in the quieter half of the bar.
Our waitress was pretty clueless. She didn't know what kinds of soda or salad dressings they had available. She got my dad a drink and then never asked if I wanted anything. Refills were few and far between. The food is reasonably priced. The pizza for the two of us was $12 and the sandwiches were $7.50.
We kept our order simple with an Italian Beef and a Thin Crust Sausage Pizza. We asked for the beef dipped, but instead it came with a large side of jus. Ideally this would lead to the same outcome, but it never really turns out that way. We ordered hot peppers, but they we got something closer to a sweet banana pepper. The meat was on the drier side of things and the bread was nothing special. The pizza on the other hand was pretty tasty. They didn't reinvent the wheel, but the sausage was juicy and the cheese was plentiful.
The Italian Beef Sandwich
The Sausage Pizza
I'm definitely a deep dish guy at heart, but the occasional square cut pizza can be a nice change of pace. For the most part D'Agostino's was pretty average except for the beef and service which were pretty disappointing. At least it wasn't Casey Moran's. I'm giving D'Agostino's 2 out of 5 Pearls.