Even no-carb dieters won't be able to judge. It may be the soft, yet perfectly-cooked crust. Maybe it's the less-greasy than usual slices. Or maybe it's just the loud rattling sound of the train above your head. It's difficult to pinpoint what makes the pizza at Sarpino's so good.
Enter to the sounds of Britney Spears and the very best of today's pop music on the radio in this clean and modest-sized pizza joint. The dining area features a few cherry-stained chairs and tables, on top of a rustic-colored tile floor while the menu is painted on the east wall against a mural of Venice and the Coliseum.
The prices arenít too bad either. The pan and thin-crust pizzas range from $7.49-$16.99 depending on the size, while fancier pizzas go from $9.99 to $24.99 for a 16-inch extra-large pie. And don't just order the typical pepperoni pizza (though when compared to other inexpensive pizza joints like Domino's and Pizza Hut is already much higher in quality). Try the House Special with Canadian ham, pepperoni, mushrooms and baby shrimp or the Super Taco Pizza from their "Specialty Pizza" menu. Or look on their "Gourmet Pizza" list and order the Sorrento Delight with fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil leaves or the Santa Fe Chicken pizza.
Though located in various locations in Chicago and the greater Chicagoland area, one of these little pizzeria gems is tucked underneath the Green Line and just two blocks east from the Kennedy Expressway in the West Loop. But why bother traveling to the place? Have them deliver the food to you. Go online and get 10 percent off the order. Sarpino's may not be a 4-star Italian restaurant, but if you're tired of ordering the same less-than-stellar, cheap pizzas, Sarpinoís is a good one to try.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Kimber Solana