For those of us that follow Chicago-style stuffed pizza with religious fervor and there seems to be about 2.4 million of us the relative expense of a slice or two over dinner is well worth the dent in the pocketbook. So imagine the joy of a well-presented, 7-inch personal stuffed pizza for a little over $5, available until 2 a.m. That sounds like nirvana.
Taylor Made Pizza's late-night slices couldn't be more tempting, especially to the nearby UIC campus. Even if you preference to save the pizza for the city's heavy hitters, this small, clean joint has other options: a sloppy Italian beef sandwich or spicy Italian sausage, or chicken Parmigiana, an impressive, wholly filling piece of meat, the special on Wednesdays (get it with fries and a drink for $7.45). The sole complaint on the menu: the garlic bread with cheese dish is really just a big hunk of grease, unappetizing to look at and even worse to try to stomach. Its best to stick with the pies or another main dish, which are on par with the city's more expensive, sit-down Italian restaurants.
A few pictures of boxer Rocky Marciano and the Italian soccer club line the walls all in good taste. And a big-screen TV is easy to watch from any part of the place, so there's probably some sort of football on the tube American or European.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Andy Seifert