6 spots where kids can make their own pizza

Kids love to have the ultimate say in what goes on their plate and in their mouth. Ensure they devour their next meal by letting them create it themselves at one of these local make-your-own pizza spots. Whether they choose the cheeses, sauces and toppings from a fast food pizza location or get their hands in the dough and create the pizza themselves, the outcome is sure to satisfy to both kids and parents.

The Kids’ Table

The Kids’ Table offers a variety of pizza making opportunities for aspiring pizza chefs and their families. The culinary education center offers classes, camps and parties designed to get kids in the kitchen and prides itself on engaging them to make their own pizza from scratch. Depending on the timing of the classes, they often start by making the dough, rolling out their crusts, adding fresh herbs and garlic to the homemade pizza sauce, chopping and tasting the fresh veggies (we are a vegetarian facility) and grating the cheeses. 

This fall, they will offer a deep dish pizza cupcake class for ages 18 months to 14 years and they also offer a  weekday class called Let’s Lunch for the 2- to 6-year-old crowd. Build-your-own pizzas are a regular part of the weekly menu rotation. On Friday and Saturday nights, the whole family can attend family dinners where pizza is typically on the menu at least once a month. Lastly, the center hosts hands-on cooking parties for kids ages 2 and older and, of course, you guessed it — pizza is the most popular menu item requested.

2337 W. North Ave, Chicago & 2864 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago

Mod Pizza

This quickly growing artisan pizza chain specializes in making customized pizzas superfast. Kids can walk up to the counter and customize their crust size and type, pizza sauce (barbecue, pesto, red sauce, etc.) before choosing from 30 veggie, meat and cheese toppings all visible behind the glass. Mod accommodates picky and adventurous eaters and those with dietary concerns (cauliflower and gluten-free crusts and dairy-free cheese are available). The team will create the pizza in front of you, pop it in the oven and call your name a few minutes later to pick up your creation.

Various locations in Chicagoland 

Stella Barra

Kids can step right up to the pizza bar with Stella Barra chefs and create their own artisanal pizza. After choosing red or white sauce, they can choose from toppings like meatballs, prosciutto, sausage, avocado, spinach and other organic produce, meats and cheeses. The chef will pop their creation into the oven and it will soon make its way to your table. Gluten-free and extra thin crusts are available.

1954 N. Halsted St., Chicago

Moretti’s Ristorante & Pizzeria

Moretti’s specializes in homey Italian-American food, and pan and thin-crust pizzas. Kids have the opportunity to make their own pizza on every visit. Servers will bring the crust, sauce and cheese to the table and kids put it all together before it heads to the oven for baking. On Mondays, kids who are dining in eat free after 4 p.m.

Various locations in Chicagoland

Blaze Pizza

Blaze Pizza, which is the sales leader in the create-your-own pizza franchise concept, offers artisanal pizzas at lightning-fast speeds. Kiddos will love choosing their own crust, sauce and toppings and watching as their creation takes shape in front of them before they head to the oven to cook for three minutes. Special offerings include the vegan spicy chorizo and vegan cheese. Original, high rise, cauliflower and keto crusts are available.

Various locations in Chicagoland

Home Run Inn

Home Run Inn is most well known for its frozen pizzas at the grocery store, but the family also runs Chicago pizzerias, which continue to use their original family recipe created in 1947. At select locations, children are invited to celebrate birthdays, Scout meetings and other events of 8 or more kids by making their own pizza. Each child will receive their own pizza to top with signature ingredients, a soft drink, their own chef hat and an ice cream sundae.

Various locations in Chicagoland

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