The dynamic duo behind the new Roots Handmade Pizza wants
families to feel at home in their trendy East Village restaurant.
From kid-friendly food to fresh dough for the little ones to play
with, Roots is the perfect place for a family dinner that will
satisfy the whole clan.
Co-owners Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner are the pair behind Wicker
Park's popular Fifty/50
restaurant. When they started to think about their next
project, Mohr decided Chicago needed a taste of the one-of-a-kind
pizza he loved growing up in the Quad Cities.
"Greg, being a transplant to Chicago, recognized an
opportunity to showcase something different from deep dish or New
York-style pizza, and ultimately that was the major reason for us
bringing Quad Cities-style pizza to Chicago," says
And Roots' pizza definitely delivers. The pies have a
chewy malt crust, hand-tossed dough, and sauce made from scratch.
With the toppings first, then cheese on top and cut into
scissor-cut strips, it's a delicious new take on pizza in
There even is a glass-walled kitchen where the kids can
get a front-row view of their pizzas being tossed and
The menu doesn't just stop at pizza. The appetizers alone
make your mouth water with the cannot-be-missed mozzarella sticks.
These thick sticks with homemade mozzarella and garlic-herb bread
crumbs are reason enough to keep coming back to Roots.
Beyond the pizzas, there are fresh-bread sandwiches,
pastas, huge salads and house-made sausages. Both the pizzas and
salads have an extensive build-your-own option with practically
every ingredient you could imagine.
While they welcome your kiddos, there is plenty for just
the adults, such as the 70 Midwestern craft beers and spiked
"What we've always wanted was a place for families and
kids to come after school or after a Little League game or for
`Sunday Pizza Day,' which is what we both grew up doing," Weiner
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