Chicago may be known for its deep-dish pizzas, but that doesn't mean we don't like the occasional thin-crust pie. Nonnie's in west suburban Woodridge is a great place to satisfy that craving. This restaurant is not stingy with the cheese on its pizzas, which can also come in a double-dough variety.
Nonnie's handles a lot of carry-out and delivery traffic, but its large interior also attracts its fair share of dine-in customers. The charming dining room holds a fireplace and a large mural of a rolling Italian countryside. In the middle of the restaurant, you'll find a bar with several high tops, some TVs and a few regular customers. The White Sox appear to be the team of choice here, as on our last visit, the South Siders took precedence over the Cubbies on the large flat-screen above the bar. Additional dining space and an upstairs party room are available at the far end of the building (closest to the road, but farthest from the entrance).
The Italian restaurant also attracts lunchers on weekdays from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. with an $8.50 buffet of pizzas, pastas, salads, appetizers and desserts. Pizzas range from the individual nine-inch ($6.45) to the large 18-inch ($20.25), but the more-popular 14-inch is $14.75 without any toppings. Nonnie's other specialty is a lasagna ($11) that comes heaping with cheeses and Italian sausage.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Jim Collins