Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Original Vito and Nick's Pizzeria

Location: 8433 South Pulaski Road
Cost: About $15 per person

Between Sono and La Madia I think it's safe to say that I've had some good thin crust pizza as of late. That being said, I clearly haven't had great thin crust pizza lately. Luckily Sal and Amanda called me up to go on a bit of an adventure. We'd heard about a spot on Triple D a long time ago that we thought could really come through with fantastic pizza. We piled into Amanda's civic and took a trip south to hit up Vito and Nick's.

There aren't any bells and whistles to Vito and Nick's. The setup reminded me a lot of Charlie Beinlich's with an old fashioned bar and a room packed full of as many tables as possible. We probably had to wait for 20 minutes, but with $2.50 beers we didn't mind hanging out at the bar. They have a few TVs, which was great since the Blackhawks were on. The problem was that these Michigan State fans sitting next to us convinced the manager to put their game on (because I really needed another reason to have Michigan State).

Our server was solid considering she was covering a good 10 tables or so. Our food came out rather sporadically with the pizza beating the appetizers. Either way, everyone gave of this really friendly neighborhood feel (except for the punks in green that were not welcome). The cost is cheap. A pizza for the three of us was $15 and a big basket of fried appetizers was $9. Also, it's CASH ONLY.

The Food
Even though our food didn't come out in this order, I'll lay it out in the way that makes sense. For our appetizer we got the Combo Basket which had fried mushrooms, zucchini, onion rings, and jalapeno poppers. It was a ton of food for a good price. There was nothing too fancy to the preparation, just some salty, well proportioned fried food. We also ordered house salads which were your standard combinations of romaine, croutons, and cherry tomatoes.

The Combo Basket

 The House Salad

For our pizza we decided to go with a large topped with Hot Giardiniera and Sausage. It was one of the best square cut pizzas I've ever had. There was a strong kick from the giardiniera and the sausage was nice and juicy. The crust held up well and the sauce had a tangy sweetness. The cheese had just the right amount of caramelization.

 The Hot Giardiniera and Sausage Pizza

Vito and Nick's is really something else. It's a pain to get to from the north side, but it's worth every second of the drive. For square cut pizza I've always loved Barnaby's, but this really takes it up a notch. I can't wait to go back and try some of the roast beef pizza or breakfast pizza. I'm giving Vito and Nick's 5 out of 5, the Pearl Necklace.

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