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Big Chef Burgers

Surprise! A restaurant with a patty-slinging name in a suburban strip mall just happens to serve top-notch pizza. Once you figure out that the big chef is Cristiano Bassani (Bice, Coco Pazzo, Carlucci), the spacious layout, cloth napkins, charming service, and sophisticated bar start to make sense. And the stocky paisano clearly knows the secret … Read more

Borelli’s Pizza

Nothing says tradition like a third-generation dough recipe, a well-worn rotating deck oven, and irregularly shaped blasts from the past—like this cheesy, saucy specimen. 2124 W. Lawrence Ave., 773-275-1700

Tocco

Luxurious white tablecloths, a sleek glass-topped communal table, and über-modern barstools say “ristorante” more than “pizzeria,” and plenty of avant-garde pasta, carne, and pesce dishes stream out of Tocco’s kitchen. But the two timeworn wood-burning ovens behind the bar also have a story to tell. It’s the story of chewy-centered, delicately scorched crusts that refine … Read more