Pizza Files: Episode 5 – A Torrid Love Affair

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, and today being National Pizza Day, I thought it only appropriate I dedicate another post to my one true love, ‘Za. Though my love for ‘Za is widely known, it is only known in certain circles that I’m lactose intolerant; you can imagine the strain it puts on our relationship. Not only does my love burn red-hot for ‘Za but… well my stomach burns too. However, I would never let a silly thing like stomach pains get between me and my beloved, so today I’ll be giving you the low down on my new-found favorite – Dimo’s Pizza. Diamonds may be forever, but pizza is better and cheaper so… get your valentine what they really want this year (it’s pizza).

Dimo’s Pizza: Wriggleyvile & Wicker Park

I cannot say enough good things about Dimo’s, and I’m sorry to say they have replaced Fogo2Go (although Fogo is still good). I’ll get to the pizza in a moment, but what impresses me most about Dimo’s is their business model. If I had to describe Dimo’s model I would simply call it “Pizza and People” – because that’s what it’s all about. Dimo’s hasn’t only refined traditional favorites, but strives to think outside of the [pizza] box. Each week they come out with new specials, unlike any ‘Za you’ve eaten, or even imagined, before. They use ingredients like figs, asparagus, coffee-infused chipotle pulled pork, pickles, and even mac and cheese, just to name a few! On top of all this, they’re soc media presence is on point; you’ll actually want to follow them on Instagram. They’re always coming up with clever names for specials (there are few things I appreciate more than pun-y names for food), they collaborate with community members on everything from art and fashion, to music, AND they deliver via bicycle – keeping the earth and their employees healthy, while also providing a strong community to advocate for safer conditions for cyclists. What’s not to like? Now to the pizza.

Ordered: Large Pep Sausage; Slice of “The Mac”; Slice of BBQ Chicken Bacon Cheddar Ranch.

Cost: Slice $3-$4; Medium $9-$14; Large $16-$28

Taste ‘n’ Stuff: By now I’ve ordered from Dimo’s so many times I’ve lost count – so I thought I would cover my favorites. The classic Pep Sausage combo ($22), double the meat, double the fun. Though paying more than 20 bucks for a large pizza can feel a little steep if you’re used to Papa John’s prices, but it’s worth it (there’s a time and place for PJ’s and that time and place is college). The large pizzas are very large, slices thin enough to fold, but not so thin the pizza falls apart on your lap, the sausage is real sausage, not those scary crumbly bits that look like deformed coco puffs, and it has a dash of grease, but not so much that you have to be super vigilant while you’re eating (clearly I’ve had some struggles with pizza getting all over my clothes).

Now “The Mac” is a whole different strain of pizza. This is one of Dimo’s most well-known, and probably most beloved, specials. It’s exactly what it sounds like, pizza topped with mac and cheese. It’s simple, it’s elegant, and it’s delicious. That said, you must be careful with this one, it’s unlikely you can consume more than a piece despite how delicious it is. The Mac is the perfect to split, and every knows there’s nothing hotter than a guy who’s man enough to share his cheese with you. Just saying.

Finally, the BBQ Chicken Bacon Cheddar Ranch – has a lot going on in its name, but is executed with such precision that you’re senses aren’t overwhelmed. To be honest, I’m not really a fan of chicken on my pizza, nor BBQ sauce – I’m not a huge fan of these things when they aren’t on pizza – but this is just straight delicious. If The Mac is a little too ambitious for you, the BBQ Chicken is your best bet – it’s classic with a twist. No matter what you choose, you won’t be disappointed.

Vibe: I’ve been to both locations and they’re similar in that they remind me of a neighborhood pizza joint I may have frequented as a kid. Family style tables, local art, community flyers; they’re the kind of places that are instantly familiar even if you’ve never been.

Yelp: 4 out of 5 stars

Alien Classification: ON MY LEVEL

Check Out Dimo’s Sick Site

Happy National Pizza Day Ya’ll! Show pizza how you really feel.