If “pizza night” has evolved into a half-hearted phone order, you’re really going to want to seek out Lincoln Park’s newest (and arguably best) pizza place.
If you go
Zoom Pizza Factory
2156 N. Clybourn Ave, Chicago
What’s currently a well-kept secret won’t remain that way once folks try out one of the three pizza shells, which include gluten-free and ancient grain options. The unlimited toppings are fresh, adventurous and magical (even if your kids still hold out for pepperoni).
And why stop at pizza? The signature Zalata is your choice of crust, piled high with the freshest salad you’ve ever had at a pizza joint. The Drizzle Bar is a station where you can add fresh basil, Korean BBQ and other sauces to your creations, and the Water Bar allows you to get your fill of purified water (filtered through a sustainable system) in either sparkling or ambient form to add your choice of fresh fruit for infusion.
The minds behind Zoom Pizza Factory have put considerable care into the tiniest and best details; the impossibly light crust is the result of dozens of trial-and-error recipes (Chef Paul Guerrero was formerly with Wildfire and Wolfgang Puck), the ingredients are sourced from the same places as the fanciest Chicago restaurants, and the ever-changing combinations will result in your new favorite pizza order. (Ask the pizza concierge—or pizzaristas—crafting your pizza for recommendations.)
Need more to love? Zoom Pizza’s waste is 98 percent compostable and they’ve aligned themselves with Chive Charities and water.org. Seriously, have you ever done so much good by just going out for dinner?
On top of that, its mobile app is location-specific; timing it so your specially crafted pizza comes out of the oven just as you walk in. The V.I.P. treatment has never been quite so affordable or tasted quite so good.