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Since we’re an Italian family, we rarely go out for Italian food. We eat Italian cuisine most every day, so ifwe’re going to go out to eat, we’ll dosomething different, somethingthat neither my husband or Iknow how to cook, like Indian or Thai.

But every once in awhile we walk on over to our favorite Italian-style pizza place – The Boiler Room – for the best pizza in the city.

Hand spun and with toasty thin crusts – the Boiler Room’s pizzas are BIG. We always choose the “Build Your Own” variety – we like the pizza bianca (without tomato sauce) with pesto, fresh mozzarella and fresh tomatoes. My mouth starts watering just thinking about it.

The BoilerRoom also featuresfarm-fresh, seasonal daily specials – I recently tried the roasted beet salad which was the perfect pizza accompaniment. And attention mom and dads:Jameson is always on draft.

Former industrial wares have been reimagined into decor here, and the music is just loud enough to drown out your fussy baby. In fact, the last time we were at the Boiler Room there were three other families with babies: this place is obviously family friendly. The rear garden is the place to be on warm summer evenings.

Even more family friendly are the affordable prices. A whole pie starts at $18 and will feed your entire family (of four).

The Boiler Room is nestled under the California (Blue Line) stop, so if your kids love taking the El as much as mine do, this will be the perfect place for a family dinner date by train.

The Boiler Room,2210 N. California inChicago,(773) 276-5625,

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