Spacca NapoliJonathan Goldsmith
Looking like a giant throbbing tangerine, this spacious Neapolitan-style pizzeria is just what Chicago needs: a place where you can stroll in, order up a glass of vino, and in less than 10 minutes be presented with a bubbling, slightly charred, basil-infused pizza straight out of a wood-burning oven. Ahhh, Italy. Where have you been hiding?
1769 W. Sunnyside Ave.Zip code:
+17738782420Web site: www.spaccanapolipizzeria.com
The layout is clean and beautiful, with huge windows that overwhelm the entire north side of the restaurant. The smells wafting from the open kitchen could drive a hungry person bonkers, so you'd do best to start with an order of antipasti. The insalata mista is a basic mix of field greens with a blast of vinegary dressing, but there's also a nice calamari affogati and a fresh-as-can-be zuchinne alla scapece.
But the shining stars here are the light-as-air pizzas. There are 10 options and each one is a tasty reminder of how good pizza done right can be. The simplest is the marinara ($8.50), which has nothing more on it than a smear of tomato, oregano and basil leaf, while the proscuitto e arucola ($15) comes loaded with a pile of arugula, shaved parmesan and that mouthwatering wonder proscuitto di parma.
Make like a true Italian and order a drop-dead delicious cappuccinos ($2.50). Wine ($5-$7 per glass) and coffee drinks are all served out of short rocks glass, adding a touch of class to the slightly utilitarian feel of the place.
Our contact details:
Web site: www.spaccanapolipizzeria.com
Address: 1769 W. Sunnyside Ave.
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Zip code: 60640