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8433 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL | Directions 6065241.739236 -87.721413
Neighborhoods: Far southwest Side, Ashburn
Vito & Nick's has an astoundingly entertaining interior with carpet on the walls and has a 70's vibe. Pizza here is equally creative and delicious. Patrons of this restaurant are rabid and passionate about the pies and keep the place filled every night of the week. Fantastically good!
not worth it – My son and I visited this place after it was mentioned on Triple D.
The service was actually ok except for the fact that our pizza was burned. I couldnt believe they had the nerve to bring a burnt pizza to the table. When I told the waitress the pizza was burnt her response was "yeah I noticed that, would you like another water?"
The middle wasnt that burnt so thats what we ate. That part wasnt that great either. The only good thing about our meal was the water.
Also when you asked if they have coke or pepsi .. they lie.. the response should be generic cola .. not coke
This is a place that I will not be going out of my way for again.
Vito & Nick's In Chicago – The absolute best pizza.Been going there since the late 60's.They used to have a spin-off of one in Mokena,Il.but they closed.They didn't even come close to the original one.There are other good ones around too,(Aurileos in Homewood,Pizza Pete in Orland Park,Beggars if you like heavy).This is still my favorite.Just wish they were in the south burbs.
Vito&Nicks...It is what it Is – I grew up three blocks from Nick&Vito and back in the late 60's and early 70's there were alot of good pizza stores in that neighborhood.I remember just a few of the names,Genos on 79th,Waldo Clooneys and another Italian place on Pulaski and a real good one on Kedzie that i can remember. So,they all quit for one reason or another but Vito&Nicks is still grinding away. Probably not the BEST pizza but pretty damn good. Get a pitcher of Old Style,watch a Sox Game and enjoy what I took for granted as a kid before i moved to Idaho
Horrible Service Part 2 – I'll start by saying the decision to go to this restaurant is because it was featured on Diners Drive In and Dives on the food network.
The service provided by this place was worse than slow. Our total dining experience lasted 2 and 15 minutes. The amount of time it took for our waitress to do anything was excessive, with the exception of providing our check. The most agitating thing is that a couple that arrived 5 minutes after us received their food and drinks at least 15 minutes before us.
The pizza was not bad. I would much rather have a Beggar's or Home Run Inn Pizza.
I definitley would not recommend this place unless you have lots of time and patience.
Horrible Service – Visited the restaurant today after hearing so many good things about your pizza. I was really disappointed. The service was awful.
The place was 2/3 of the way full and there was 3 servers and we had the slowest server of the bunch. I had to find her to come and service our table. Once we finally ordered, I waited 40 min for jalapeno poppers and an additional 30 min (a total of 1 hour 10 min) for the pizza. While other tables who arrived later than us, with different servers were getting there food faster. Once the pizza arrived it was really browned, Dark brown almost black. I'm not sure if this is how it always comes but it was a little too cooked for my liking. The pizza was fine though.
I was a server for 5 years so I try to be as forgiving as possible but the service really tested my patience. I will not be returning, I really wanted to like the place but the the horrendous service really ruined my dining experience.
This Place Is A DUMP and Should Be Demolished – First thing you need to know is that the place was practically empty of customers when we arrived, and this was a Saturday at nearly noon. The interior is early dumpster. The brunette behind the bar had no control over her LOUD MOUTH. The waitress was hard put to remember our order. I had to tell her three times that I wanted cream with my coffee. We waited over an hour for our two small pizzas. Finally we had to ask our waitress to check it out, which took her 15 minutes to get around to doing. When she finally asked the cook and came back to us, she explained that they had a large take-out order that they were working on and that our pizza wouldn't be ready for another 15-20 minutes! That was the last straw. We told her it would have been good to know that 45 minutes ago. We asked for the check and she said "Can't you wait another 15 minutes?". Would YOU wait ANOTHER 15 minutes? Again, we asked for the check for our drinks. It was nice of her to waive the drinks, but we'll NEVER, EVER be back to that DDD... DUMP AGAIN!
Not the best and I told here to cook it extra. – Got to the ORIGINAL location about 6pm. Two big parties. This place must be popular. I have read about Vito and Nick and have ate a Vito and Nicks 2 but that is for another review that I need to do. Actually drove by one and am staying across from the other one over by Harlem.
But on to the review, ordered a small sausage and cheese. extra sauce, lite on the cheese as I hate the cracks filling up as I think when you cut it that means there is too much. I also said cooked well.
Got it in about 15 minutes.
Grabbed a piece as got no silverware and took a bite. The reviewer before was correct as my piece was soggy and so was the whole pie. JUst folded over in my fingers. It was also luke warm as I ate that piece and did not even burn my mouth. (it was already hurting from a small pizza from the Home Run Inn on 31st that I burnt it on at 4pm but another review for that there)
I ate not quite half as was getting full and the waitress came over and asked how it was. Told her it was pretty soggy for a thin and crispy and just luke warm She took it back and put it in the oven for a little longer and brought it out in a box as I said I was ready to go when she took it. I tried another piece and still the same. SOGGY
I watched some others around me eat and there were a couple plain clothes cops come in and I watched them eat and each piece they picked up limped on them also . Same with another table.
I try to give the benifit of the doubt.. Maybe next time will or could be different. if there is a next time as too many place to try in Cicagoland when I do not live here.
I did not care for the sauce as seemed blah as did the sausage. But the taste together was not unedible by no means.
Just, after reading all the great comments I expected more. Especially after I had a great pizza at the Vito and nicks ll store.
It just did not live up to what everyone was saying. Also they only take cash!
Best example of Chicago-style thin crust – To the reviewer who had the soggy pizza: You must just have had bad luck. I've been going to Vito & Nick's for years, and I have never experienced a soggy pizza or anything other than a superior product.
Vito & Nick's is the quintessential Chicago-style cracker crust pizza. Crispy crust, nice balance of toppings, clean-tasting sauce that is not overly sweet (like Palermo's "sugar sauce.") I generally order mine well done to get a little extra char on it. Other pizza joints worth visiting for their cracker crust: Aurelio's in Homewood, Marie's, Pat's, and perhaps Candlelite. But, for me, Vito & Nick's is in a class by itself.
Way over rated – I looked up Chicago pizza on Citysearch last night and found many people raving about Vito & Nick's. I had Vito & Nick's pizza last night and what a disappointment. First of all twenty bucks for a 16" sausage and cheese and the amount of sausage was nothing to brag about. The sauce was nothing special since there was so little on it. And I was expecting this nice, thin, crisp crust the way everyone was raving about. Instead, it was this soggy slop. Luckily they cut the pizza in tiny pieces, like appetizer size, so I could finish each piece in a couple bites which kept me from having to fold every piece in half like a tiny pizza gyro just to hold it. While waiting for my order to come out of the oven I watched them make a few sausage pizzes. Here's this kid pinching off miniscule pieces of sausage and putting it on the pizza. I kept thinking to myself "geez, could you spare it? You suppose you could make the pieces a little smaller?"
For a few bucks more I could have had an 18" Palermo's pizza with a nice thin crust, superb sauce and a lot more sausage, better tasting too. Now that's a pizza with some serious ingredients. When you pick it up you know it's a good hearty meal with plenty of good stuff on it. If I was on the far southside I'd recommend Italian Villa in Orland Park. Great tasting sausage and plenty of it. Thin crust. Delicious sauce. And reasonably priced. Papa Luigi's (107th & Ridgeland Ave in Chicago Ridge) is better than V&N's plus they deliver. Which reminds me when I asked if they delivered they looked at me like "are you freakin' kidding?"
I will not, repeat, WILL NOT be going back to Vito & Nick's. Strongly suggest you don't either. Anyone who stated this was the best pizza in Chicago has either never had good pizza or compares this to Dominos or Pizza Butt. Admittedly, it did beat those two brands but not by much.
Twenty years later, tastes the same! – The first time I tried Vito & Nick's Pizza was about twenty years ago when I lived in Chicago and it was great! Now that I live here in the burbs, I still think this is one of the better pizzas in town. I'd rate this as the third best with Aurelio's in Homewood #1 and Fox's in Orland Park #2.
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