Home Run Inn is a Chicagoland institution, no doubt. Mostly in the suburbs or outskirts of the city, it’s a place people know through their various locations or via the frozen pizza variety that is widely available around these parts as well.
For PCC 33, we went to the birthplace of HRI, the 31st street location on the south side. The assmosphere is exactly what it should be. Comfortable booth and table seating with stained glass round lamps above each table, a few tvs with “the game” on, and a warm family-ish feeling overall.
The pizzas do not disappoint in girth. Between 11 of us, 4 larges was more than enough. They lay the toppings, cheese and crust on thick, with solid marks all around.
Being a Chicago joint, they came correct on meat-heavy pies. We added a tomato & spinach pie to balance things out, and of course a classic standard to the mix for control. All in all, if you want to taste a classic that’s evolved into a metropolitan empire both in pizzerias and the frozen variety, give HRI a taste.
# of people in attendance: 11
# pizzas sampled: 2
pizzas: Laura’s Favorite, Garlic Fireball, Chicago’s Best, and 1/2 sausage + onion 1/2 pepperoni + mushroom.
overall score: 7
woof. Congress Pizza in Chicago might not be so good. Can’t say for sure as I have not had it, but it’s safe to assume we won’t be having any PCC meetings there anytime soon….
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interesting take on making pizza. what is this, Atkins diet pizza?
What a great way to start out 2014. We visited Reno on a cold & snowy evening and instantly were welcomed by their warm, inviting assmosphere.
The pizza was simply awesome. We went with a number of their specialty pizzas and a standard to see how they fared with the basics, and everyone was thoroughly impressed.
Reno’s crust is ideal. Crispy and slightly charred on the bubbly outside and chewy on the inside, it’s nearly perfect, if not perfect. The toppings excel too, with the smoked sausage and onions giving the pies some amazing flavor. The Hog featured carnitas and cilantro, and actually tasted a lot like a Chipotle burrito, which was incredible.
While the score didn’t crack the top 5 (not an easy feat) due to a lack of sauce and not a ton of cheese, don’t let that deter you. This place is great and I feel lucky to have it in the neighborhood for sure. Can’t wait to go back.
# of people in attendance: 7
# pizzas sampled: 5
pizzas: Hog, Fancy Nancy, Butternut, Combo, and 1/2 sausage + onion 1/2 pepperoni + mushroom.
overall score: 7.1
Seven facts from the Department of Agriculture this month confirm the importance of pizza in the minds and bodies of Americans.
Lots of good stuff in here
Pizza Club Chicago went holiday style in late December, with a New Years Eve weekend trip to Galena. If you are old, white, live in Illinois, and have some money, you will probably go to this city in your lifetime. Let’s talk pizza though.
Procento’s was a prominently featured spot in town, with good online reviews, and paid placements in the local guide booklets. Plus they had a “double decker” pie that was intriguing, so we had to check it out.
Located in a small, slightly subterranean spot just off the main drag, there’s nothing really wrong with this place, but it didn’t really wow either. We ordered in typical fashion, with some go-to pizzas and wild cards mixed in. The Texas Best was pretty good and most people liked it. The Taco was ok, and the sausage/onion + pepperoni/mushroom was good. The Double Decker was thick and bready, but not too dry. One of the most interesting pies of the bunch for sure, and the weaved crust was pretty good and unique. Toppings and cheese were pretty solid all around.
If you are in Galena and need pizza. Maybe go here, or maybe try out the other place around the corner. It probably wont be that big of a difference.
# of people in attendance: 11
# pizzas sampled: 4
pizzas: Double Decker Special, Taco, Texas Best, and sausage/onion + pepperoni/mushroom
overall score: 6.4
a pretty cool video on how frozen pizzas are made
Another contribution to the pizza world from Pizza Club Milwaukee, a slice of pizza Christmas stocking. very deliciously creative. well done!
Apparently this is from a place called Bills pizza, which just became a priority for us in future meeting scheduling. Look at all that cheese, damn.