Note: The giveaway below has no bearing on the following review of Old Chicago Pizzeria.
I am always on the lookout for a good pizza place and I am happy to say I found another to add to our list. Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom recently opened on West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. They are located within the beautiful new 140 West Franklin Street development project and the space is simply awesome. There is ample outdoor seating, the bar area is separated from the main dining area nicely, and the main dining area is open and easy to navigate for those arriving with strollers. As seems to be the norm nowadays there are ample TVs, nineteen I think I counted, but they are mainly in the bar area and not too intrusive in the dining area. The sound, gratefully, was turned off and the distraction for Sam and Ben was minimal.
Historically I am not a big fan of chain/corporate restaurants and tend to dine at locally owned establishments almost exclusively. Old Chicago, while a chain, didn’t feel like one to me at all. The menu is diverse and well priced with some unique appetizer options that caught my eye for the next visit. The boys and I stuck to the basics, pizza, and I am glad we did! Yes, I am a pizza snob; there, I admitted it. I can tell you that Old Chicago’s pizza is one of my top five all time and the best I have found in Chapel Hill. We went for the “tavern thin” crust as opposed to the traditional Chicago style and were handsomely rewarded. It was light, crispy, and not a drop of grease to be found.
The staff and vibe really made us feel at home. Old Chicago is new and with that comes historically over-attentive service as everyone is trying to make a good impression. Ours wasn’t at all. It was polite, authentic, and prompt; a welcome relief when trying to keep a 2 year old and 5 year old occupied. After our drinks came our server appeared with pizza dough for the boys to play with, a huge hit for all of us. After my salad arrived our server than asked if he could “borrow the boys for a minute” (eat in peace for a minute? Um, yeah!!!) and took them over to watch the pizza dough being made. They loved it! With perfect timing they came back to the table as our pizzas arrived and we all enjoyed a great meal at a calm and comfortable pace, a true miracle for those of us who dine with little ones regularly. They even presented wet naps with the check, a nice touch.
I would like to give three of you to experience Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom as well so I scored three $25 gift cards to giveaway. I will pick the winner on Thursday of this week and all you need to do to enter is like this post on our Facebook page, or like Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom on their Facebook page, or comment on this post and share with all of us your and your kid’s favorite type of pizza. Good Luck!