Whether it's a slice of pie or a good old-fashioned bowl of spaghetti and meatballs you're jonesing for, Atino's has it. It also has gyros, buffalo wings and chicken fingers; traditional Italian is not the goal here, but low prices are. Specialty pizzas range from $13-$20 (depending on size) and include everything you'd expect, from the meat lover to the veggie, with a whole slew of choices between. Try chicken on your pie with barbecue sauce instead of the traditional red stuff; it's a tasty mix of backyard cookout and city-inspired deep dish.
Atino's also offers a thinner version for you naughty Chicagoans who stray from the indigenous thick dough. And for those looking to go above and beyond their roots, the restaurant's stuffed pizzas live up to the thickest-crust challenge—which might explain why that's the only pie on the menu that can't be ordered in extra-large. And if you just can't wait to get your pie home before tearing into it, there are a few window seats lining what just might be the world's smallest countertop. But with no tables or inviting servers, you quickly get the impression that Atino's was destined for takeout from the start.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Stacy Warden