Vito + Nick's Chicago – Breaking Chicago pizza stereotypes

restaurants
Restaurants

"Vito & Nick's" doesn't make typical Chicago pizza: it's the thin crust that reigns supreme here. I drive out of my way to get there, but it's worth it.

Chicago may be known for their deep-dish pizza, but Vito and Nick's Pizzeria is a game changer. Here, thin-crust reigns supreme. Vito and Nick's is over 100 years old and a quintessential Chicago stop...if you have the time for it. I drove quite out of my way to try their signature pies, but, in my opinion, it's worth it.

When you walk into Vito and Nick's, it's like stepping back in time, what my friends and I like to call "old Chicago." Right on the outside façade is an "Old Style" beer sign, a classic decoration for any Chicago dive. You'll be greeted by the front register and notice right behind it is the bustling kitchen, where pizza dough seems to be constantly tossed up into the air. You may opt to sit at one of their teal-colored booths, at the bar covered by hanging blue lights on the ceiling, or take this thin-crust masterpiece to the comfort of your home/hotel.

What makes their pizza exceptional is the low-density, crispy crust, signature toppings (though I chose to be simple with just pepperoni), and how it's baked just right: not burnt, not underdone, but somewhere right in the middle. The proof is in the picture. To top off the experience, their prices are extremely reasonable, making this a local, traditional, and mouth-watering hidden gem pizza stop.

About this spot

433 S Pulaski Rd

Mon - Sat 11:00 - close; Sun 12:00 - close

Pizza:

USD

20

+1

7737352050

There’s so much more to discover

Discover more in Chicago

Lincoln Tap Room – Dive with great drink specials

For decades, "Lincoln Tap Room" in Chicago has been serving Steelers fans and the general public incredible drink specials...

bars
Bars

By

Sophie

Amado

Le Piano – Jazz, booze & butter

"Le Piano" in Chicago is a French-style piano bar that will take you to what feels like early 19th century Paris... Its personality's written on its walls.

arts&culture
Art & culture
bars
Bars
music
Music

By

Erin

Stevens

De Luna Taco Grill – Spicy Truck Tacos

The star of the show is De Luna's "volcano" taco, made with spicy poblano pepper and melted cheese. It may be one of the best tacos I've eaten in my life!

restaurants
Restaurants
snacks
Snacks

By

Lydia

Schultz

Ping Tom Park – A Peaceful Getaway

The park was once an abandoned rail yard named after Ping Tom, a civic leader who advocated for a park in Chinatown before he died in 1995.

arts&culture
Art & culture
relaxing
Relaxing

By

Lydia

Schultz

Chicago Athletic Association – Library bar

The "Chicago Athletic Association" (CAA) is an elite, hidden, and multifaceted space in the heart of the Loop. The gem of this hotel is the drawing room...

arts&culture
Art & culture
bars
Bars
snacks
Snacks

By

Sophie

Amado

Turquoise Cafe – Modern Turkish

"Turquoise Restaurant" is a Turkish restaurant and my go-to spots for celebrations like my birthday year after year! Everything's just so tasty...

restaurants
Restaurants

By

Sydney

Epstein

Strapoli Pizzeria – Venezuela meets Neapolitan

The first distinguishing feature of their Margherita pizzas is the tomato sauce — which tastes just like the blended tomatoes picked from a farm in Italy!

restaurants
Restaurants

By

Lydia

Schultz

Old Town Ale House – Famed dive with historic roots

" Old Town Ale House" is one of my favorite spots to enmesh myself in the history, art, and unique company found in Chicago.

bars
Bars

By

Sydney

Epstein

Palace Grill – Famous local diner by United Center

Eating at "Palace Grill" in Chicago before a big game doesn't get more local. This restaurant is well known to local celebrities, so keep your eyes peeled!

restaurants
Restaurants

By

Sydney

Epstein

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder – My go-to Italian

"Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder" ranks as my top contender for a unique spin on hearty, warming, homemade Italian fare in the city... I love it in winter!

bars
Bars
restaurants
Restaurants

By

Sydney

Epstein

Mrs. Murphy's Irish Sons – Traditional Irish pub

"Mrs. Murphy's Irish Sons" in Chicago is an Irish pub with surprisingly good food and happy hour deals. I definitely recommend the Guinness stew...

bars
Bars
music
Music
restaurants
Restaurants

By

Claire

Conway

KOVAL Distillery – Craft distillery

"KOVAL Distillery" doesn't only produce delicious craft spirits, they're also a city landmark - the first fully operational distillery in Chicago in years.

bars
Bars

By

Sophie

Amado

Try our app and know your way!

Our Spotters' Local Favorites Only. Skip the Tourist Traps.

Find Nearby Spots and Navigate with Ease

Save Your Favorites and See Them on the Map

Get more with the Spotted by Locals app

Only local favorites. No tourist highlights.

Find spots nearby and use the map to locate them

Save favorites and show them on the map

Our local team in Chicago

Get to know our Spotters from Chicago

As featured on:

Subscribe now and get 3 days of free access!

Be ahead of the crowd and join our newsletter.​

first_name *
email *

By subscribing you agree with our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy.

Unlock local hidden gems

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consect sit dolor sit amet lamet. Lorem ipsum sit.