[Gregg Pill - For Shaw Media]
So in the last three months, I’ve dined at all 14 Westmont pizza joints. And while this number dropped from a high of 17 just 18 months ago, it looks like we have two more pizza openings on the horizon. That also will keep us in the Top 500 pizza cities per capita in the U.S.
Americans love their pizza, and this $40 billion per year industry is made up of more than 70,000 pizzerias. To keep them all in business, we consume more than 40 slices per year individually and more than 350 slices cumulatively every second. That equates to more than 3 billion pizzas sold every year!
Pizza is a subject much like politics or religion. It sparks tremendous regional pride. But what I found is that you grow up falling in love with your neighborhood ice cream, deli or pizza place, and for many of us, that means never stepping out of the comfort of our old standby. But should you choose to try something new, we have a lot to choose from. From Neapolitan wood fired to hand tossed to stuffed, thin to thick crust, it’s a remarkable cross section! There is truly an option to match different moods, price points, styles, toppings and residence location. Enjoy…and let me know your favorites!
WHAT: Woodgrain Neapolitan Pizzeria
WHERE: 19 W. Ogden Ave., Westmont
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
INFO: 630-541-9249, woodgrainpizzeria.com
WHERE: 15 West Quincy Street, Westmont
HOURS: 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday
INFO: 630-663-0401, dolceswestmont.com
WHERE: 150 W. 63rd St., Westmont
HOURS: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
INFO: 630-964-2254, marianos.com
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