Sunday, December 11, 2011

Piece

Location: 1927 W North Avenue
Cost: About $15 per person including drinks

After a long weekend call shift at the hospital, my teammate on trauma surgery, Andrew Ketterer, suggested I join him and a whole crew of other med school people for some pizza in Wicker Park at Piece. We had a group of 10 other people including Taylor, Graylin, Katelin, Lauren, Haynes, Christine, P-Ty, Dr. J, Hari, and Marisa. So after a quick red line trip followed by the hipster express down North Ave, we ended up at dinner.

Logistics
The wait is usually more than an hour on a weekend night at Piece. We were quoted at 2.5 hours, but this didn't really concern us. While the guys hung out at the bar and tried out their in house brews, the girls went shopping across the street. They ended up offering us a table for 8 people that we all crammed in to, but in all fairness the wait was only 1.5 hours. You can make reservations if you have a large enough group, but those go fast.

The restaurant has a variety of seating areas, and it was the hottest restaurant I've eaten at in a long time. It was probably upwards of 80 degrees, and on top of that we were all in this tight table. Our service was crummy. I had to ask the waiter three times before he'd put the hawks game on instead of sports center. When the waitress brought our pizza out (which was rather quick) she very rudely yelled at us to get out of her way because the trays were hot. Still, they were able to process our large group more easily than I'd expected initially.

The cost is really cheap. You can get pitchers of their beers for around $13 and large pizzas for around $18. These pizzas were gigantic. When you look at the breakdown of an extremely satiating amount of pizza and two beers for $15 or so, it ends up being a pretty great deal.

The Food
After some lengthy deliberation, we decided to get four pizzas and an appetizer for the table. Our appetizer was the spinach and tomato dip. It was extra extra creamy and mostly served the purpose of tiding us over until our pizza came out. Then we got a regular Cheese pizza, a Clams and Bacon pizza, a Spinach Artichoke and Goat Cheese pizza, and a Sausage and Red Pepper pizza. I think the group favorite was the Clam and Bacon pizza. It was a white pizza that went really well with a squirt of lemon. My one issue with it was that the bacon overpowered any of the clams. The cheese was a generally solid and simple pizza. It really let you appreciate the crust that's thin but very substantial. The spinach, artichoke, and goat cheese pizza was an excellent option for all the vegetarians in our midst. The sausage and red pepper was a bit too greasy, but the flavor was really strong. The meat had a spicy punch, and the overall coverage was great.

The Spinach and Tomato Dip

The Spinach Artichoke and Goat Cheese Pizza

The Cheese Pizza

The Bacon and Clams Pizza

 The Sausage and Red Pepper Pizza

Note: Sorry for the blurriness of some of the pictures. It was a mad rush when the pizza came out, and I didn't want to hold anyone up.

Overall
Piece has good pizza and pretty good beer that they brew in house. Not that many places are putting out New Haven style, so it's a good chance to try something different. The crust is really nice and there's substantial thought put into the suggested topping combos. It can be a bit of a pain to deal with logistically, but if you're not in a hurry, it's a fantastic option. I'm giving them 4 out of 5 Pearls.


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1 comment:

  1. Just found your blog in a roundabout way...searching for something that led to another thing...

    I read several posts and added you to my RSS feed. Looking forward to seeing where you dine out next!

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