Rosati’s Chicago Pizza Opens to Large Crowds
Having visited the “windy city” a number of times and making it a point to try out all the hot spots like Giordano’s, Pizzeria Uno, Lou Malnoti’s and Gino’s, I would consider myself fairly in-the-know when it comes to Chicago-Style pizza.
So, when Rosati’s Chicago Pizza opened it’s doors on Thursday, I knew I wanted to be one of the first to give it a go.
Friday evening, my husband and I decided to take our 10-year-old son to try out Prosper’s newest restaurant. We quickly realized we weren’t the only ones with that idea.
When we walked in, we noticed it’s a little smaller on the inside than expected. We were quickly welcomed and offered a booth by the front window. Our server took our drink orders quickly, but before she left, I noticed a cocktail menu on the table. Yes, they have a full bar. Being the end of a long week, I ordered the Mojito.
If you’ve ever had true deep-dish pizza, you know the cook time is close to an hour. Knowing this, we ordered right away. My husband decided on the meat classic (pepperoni, sausage, bacon, and beef) deep dish. I chose the chicken caesar salad and our son, the BBQ chicken wings.
The menu is predominantly pizza, both deep dish and thin crust, but they also have calzones, pastas, sandwiches and salads.
As we waited, we noticed a lot of people coming in and out picking up carry-out orders while the wait for the dining room was growing by the minute. But they do have TVs in the dining area for sports or other entertainment while you wait and dine.
My mojito arrived after a quick reminder to the server, who was in training at the time. The drink had fresh mint and was worth the little delay.
My salad and our son’s wings arrived before my husband’s pizza, so we went ahead and started eating. The salad was tossed in the caesar, which she explained to me when I ordered, and the chicken portion was generous. The BBQ wings were meaty and the sauce was extremely flavorful.
The owner, Rafael, was busy working the floor and made a point to visit and have a conversation with every table.
When the deep dish came out, it was exactly as we had hoped. We felt like we were back in Chicago eating at Giordano’s outside Millennium Park or on Wabash Avenue at Pizzeria Uno. The pizza was a monstrosity, loaded with tons of toppings.
Overall, the food was absolutely delicious and worth the wait. It was the second day of business so there were some very expected kinks that I have no doubt will be worked out, if not already. If you are ordering the deep dish, just anticipate the extra cook time and be patient. The price is what I would consider average as our bill was under $50 before tip.
The fact that it has a warm, welcoming atmosphere as well as a full bar and televisions, makes it a great place to take the family without missing a game or to simply wind down after a hectic day.
Rosati’s also does carry-out, delivery and catering as well.
This place is a terrific location for Chicagoans who’d like to get a little taste of home, or like us, Texans who might want a little break from the norm.
Rosati’s Chicago Pizza
1361 E. University Drive, No. 70
Sunday – Thursday 11am – 10pm
Friday & Saturday 11am – 11pm