Thursday, September 8, 2011

Amato's Pizzeria

Location: 953 W. Willow
Cost: About $8 per person

I don't know how many of you have tried the pre-made pizza dough from Trader Joe's, but I can't seem to make it work out. Mostly every time I try it out, it gets all mushy in the center and falls apart. I'm sure this is mostly my doing. Either way, my buddy Zfranks is often subjected to my attempts at homemade pizza. We had plans to watch the next Bears preseason game, and when I suggested making a pizza, Zfranks was quick to suggest ordering in. Since there wasn't much time left before kickoff, I ran around the corner to pick up some Amato's.

Logistics
Amato's is a pretty straightforward small pizzeria on the corner near my apartment. It's got a tiny bit of counter seating and a few tables. I think a lot of their business comes from their pizza by the slice service. The lines never get too long, and the workers are all pretty friendly and accommodating. The service is rather fast too.

The cost is a little above average with most thin crust pizzas coming out around $20. That's what we got this time, but they have a lot of other stuff on the menu that's worthwhile. The Calzones are a great deal at around $7. They're big and tasty (but alas we went for pizza).

The Food
Our order was really simple. We got a thin crust with mushroom and onion. It comes in squares. The crust has a decent crunch to it, but it's pretty dry. The sauce doesn't have much more than a tomato paste feel to it. I think a good barometer of the crust and sauce comes from eating the corner slices that are lacking most other toppings and cheese. They weren't that great. The other parts to the pizza were well balanced between cheese and toppings. There was just enough cheese to provide a little stringiness without having a thick, congealed sense.

 The Thin Crust Pizza with Mushroom and Onion

Overall
In retrospect, I think I would've preferred another attempt at making my own pizza to bringing in Amato's. The service was friendly and quick, but the pizza had little to offer. I'd go again to get a calzone, but I don't think I'll be having the thin crust again. I'm giving them 1.5 out of 5 Pearls.


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