Overall Experience - 9.1
Summary : If you're in Chicago and looking for pizza other than deep dish, Spacca Napoli is the place to go. Even better if you can go in the summer and take advantage of its outdoor seating.
When planning my recent road trip, I knew I wanted to hit three pizza places in Chicago. One was Lou Malnati’s (for a classic deep dish pie), and another was Great Lake (which has garnered national media attention and accolades). But there were just too many places to choose from when it came to deciding on a third place. I narrowed it down to Nella, Coalfire, and the spot where we ended up: Spacca Napoli (1769 W Sunnyside Avenue). And it’s a good thing we went. They serve some of the best Neapolitan pizza I’ve had.
The first thing that differentiated Spacca Napoli from Neapolitan places in New York was the space itself. It’s located in a neighborhood known as Ravenswood which is mostly residential. Thus, the restaurant has the luxury of a lot of space. It’s easily accessible by public transportation and walking isn’t out of the question depending on where you’re coming from. It’s about a 30 minute walk north of Wrigley Field.
On the night we were there, the temperature was in the mid-70s and every table outside was full. The restaurant can seat about 50 patrons outside. The story couldn’t have been different inside the restaurant. Three sprawling dining rooms, which seat a total of about 150 people, were nearly empty. It’s hard to imagine the place serving so many people, but it would be cool to come back on an evening in the winter when I’m sure the crowds pile in.
Each pie was delicious. The crust was cooked to perfection – airy and chewy, just as I like it. I was pleasantly surprised at how well Spacca Napoli produced authentic Neapolitan pies. But then again… they are VPN certified and proudly display that outside of the shop.