Chicago Fire: Pizza Perfection
Nothing short of politics and religion sparks a more heated debate than the topic of “best pizza.” Everyone is an expert—thick crust, thin crust, deep dish, New York, Chicago, folded, pineapple, the list goes on. Heck, just ordering pizza in a group of more than one can ruin friendships.
Chicago Fire has been my preference for some time, and there’s never a dispute when we decide it’s pizza time. My family and I recently stopped in for a few of our Chicago Fire favorites, including the grilled pear salad that’s chock-full of tangy goat cheese chunks, candied walnuts, earthy greens and the salad’s namesake—grilled slices of ripe pear—all in a just-tangy-enough balsamic vinaigrette. They served it with a few slices of their house-made deep-dish garlic foccacia, which was a treat, since—by the time the salad arrived—we had already devoured an order of the bread…dipping it liberally in their balsamic herb and basil-infused olive oil.
A nice glass of wine, some delicious bread and a thoroughly enjoyable salad would be enough, if not for the smell of baked pepperoni and tomato wafting through the Capone era, Chicago-themed dining room, where a cityscape skyline mural adorns one entire wall.
At this point, I made what could have been an argument starting decision (although no one took the bait). In my house, thin crust and pepperoni rule the “pizza kingdom” (queendom in actuality)—no gimmicky crusts or bacon-y barbecue allowed. Well, I crossed that line and will never look back. Enter Chi Fi’s stuffed pizza—deep dish pizza’s big brother—which includes a layer of thin crust, mozzarella and another layer of crust, then your toppings and a perfect plum tomato sauce.
We ordered the “Da Spin and Shroom”—replete with roasted crimini mushrooms in a blend of spinach, cheese and GARLIC (yes, I used all caps on the GARLIC; you have to know about it going in because you’ll certainly know afterward). Make no mistake about it: This a substantial pie! Even though this was a pizza with a dual crust, the cheese was creamy, the tomato sauce fresh, and the garlic intoxicating—leaving us craving more…even as we boxed up the inevitable leftovers.
If your stomach is made of stretchable fabric, try one of their signature desserts (I recommened the Deep Dish Delight, which serves two to three). Otherwise, start with dessert next time!
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday); 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (Friday-Saturday)
Try This: Greek Fries, Italian Beef Sandwich, Wings (Buffalo, Boneless or Veggie), Stuffed Pizza, Deep Dish Delish
Alcohol: Full bar; beer, wine and cocktails
Heads-Up: Gluten-free options; Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. (Monday-Friday) includes $3 pizza by the slice, $1 off draft pints and other food and drink deals; lunch specials and kids’ menu available; sign up online for “Fire Rewards” and receive a free Deep Dish Delight or a cupcake from Icing on the Cupcake on your birthday, free specialty pizza for every 500 points earned, and free corkage
Chicago Fire, 500 North Sunrise Avenue, Roseville, 916-771-2020, chicagofire.com/location/roseville