106 W. Northwest Highway, Mt. Prospect, IL | Directions 6005642.064834 -87.938682
Monday 4:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Tuesday 4:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Wednesday 4:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Thursday 4:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 9:45 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 9:45 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM - 9:45 PM
Mt prospect has a new pizza spot – I recommend the pizza and not the pasta and not the burgers because of the small portions for the price. The pizza crust is done just right. Best of all, it's all done right in front of you while you wait.
Overall the food tastes like something you would expect at a traditional Italian restaurant.
Mt prospect has flavor now! – We were told we made the same mistake almost every new customer makes, entering thru the door that is not really a door Well, you can order from there as well since there is a counter just for that. But the real entrance is trough the patio. There you can eat your pizza by the slice while tyring to reach the really tall counter:)
Interesting mix of colors here. It varies from black to red . The linoleum/faux tiled floor in a shocking mix of red and black is an excellent choice of color for a pizza place.
Crave opened about 5 months ago by two partners from chicago. Rafael and Junior
We had the pan Pizza , Pesto Please and Slice of Heaven. Yowza! There's enough meat where meat should be. We requested for an extra crispy and got it! Crunchy enough to be worthy of that distinct NY style and perfectly chewy so that you know you're actually biting on a pizza and not a giant cracker with meat and sauce.
Crave pizza is 100% cooked on the spot toppings are added after you order. Your slice is then dressed and finished off in their oven, so it's always served fresh and crispy!
Minimal wait of about 15 minutes for an exellent pizza that's reasonably priced. Fast, friendly service .
I've had a few pies from here and they've all been great. Nice thin crispy crust and quality ingredients. Prices are between $8 and $12 for 12 inch pizzas. A great addition to the neighborhood.
Love this place! My whole family knows that whenever we come here, we are REQUIRED to order a white christmas with chicken (super garlicy, cream sauce, riccota chesse, YUM YUM!).
The service is good, drinks are stiff, and pizza is awesome! We will be back again and again.
If I'm ever on death row and have to choose a last meal, it's going to be a CravePizza specialty thin crust pizza. Soooooooo good! Been going to Crave since they opened, my mom even waitresses at some point location when It was panzanos.
I had a pie from here, the much-talked about deep dish pie in mt prospect with extra cheese. The extra cheese was worh it; the pie was very deep, and had an unfortunate resemblence to Pizza Hut as a result. However, it makes up for it by being (relatively) ungreasy, and retaining some excellent taste the following morning.
I've had pizza from CravePizza twice now, and I've yet to set foot in the restaurant. That's right. Two check ins: both from home.
Oh, I'm a rebel.
I'm talking Marlon Brando in "The Wild One." Marlon Brando and his iconic response to Mildred asking, "Hey Johnny, what are you rebelling against?" Marlon Brando so freaking cool in saying, "Whadda you got?"
You've probably never even heard of "The Wild One." I'll tell you this much: before "Sons of Anarchy," before "Easy Rider," before any and every other movie surrounding anarchical characters going left when society tells them to go right, there was "The Wild One."
Check it out.
Oh. Right. Pizza.
There was a point to my Brando diatribe, and that point is as follows: my meager rebellion (which is more a manipulation of a Yelp loophole than anything else) pales in comparison to what I feel Lemoni is doing. You see, there's been a movement of late that equates amazing pizza with a coal oven.
Don't get me wrong. I love coal-fired pizza. But that doesn't mean that the conventional oven should be bound in electrical tape and left on the side of the road. (Brownie points if you get that reference.)
CravePizza is achieving pizza greatness with the kind of ovens that you and I were raised on. I can spend a lot of time going on and on about the freshness of the ingredients, and they are fresh. I mean, I've had pizzas topped with prosciutto and spinach and brie and basil and ricotta and mushrooms and garlic slices, (notice how I said SLICES) and it's all been fantastic. I'm talking about running-through-the-Garden-of-Eden-naked fantastic. I'm talking about God-not-thinking-to-look-up-and-smite-me-because-h e's-too-busy-devouring-a-CravePizza fantastic.
So yes. The ingredients are fresh.
But what I want to focus on is the crust... And I'm talking about CRUST. Golden brown and crispy and almost buttery in texture. The kind of crust that gives way to your teeth but makes you fight just a little bit to tear away that piece you so desperately want.
And we all know that things are better when you're made to fight for them, when you have to suffer for them at least a little bit.
Friends, I'm telling you. If you walk away from my review having learned two things, they should be as follows: thing the first, "The Wild One" paved the way for the 1%er biker movement; and thing the second, coal-fired pizza is NOT the end-all, be-all.
So do yourselves a favor. Rebel for an evening. Stream "The Wild One," (remember when we used to say "rent?"), and order in from CravePizza instead of making your way to some coal-fired pizzeria for some all-too-often burnt crust.
You will not be disappointed.
Crave offers what is easily my favorite pizza in mt prospect as of now, and holds its own with the pies in Italy too. This is truly authentic Neopolitan style pizza. That means it's cooked in a screaming hot oven, lending a pleasant char to the bottom of the very thin crust. It also means that it is topped abundantly, with an emphasis on care and quality. Crave does everything first class: simple crushed San Marzano tomatoes, dots of fresh mozzarella, and the amazing cured meats from the market. The pepperoni and the Italian sausage are both the finest examples I've come across. The pork, mushrooms, and goat cheese are all local. It appears that they've added a salad and an shrimp topped pizza to the menu too. They often run off-menu special pizzas, and I hope to see one with the crave deep dish. The patio adjacent to the location tower is a great spot for lunch and for hangout, and the prices can't be beat. Most pies are $8.50 or less. You'd pay at least twice as much at cantanapoli or tartareces, and even they can't match the quality. Crave is doing everything right.
I stopped by CravePizza on a Tuesday evening around 6 pm for dinner. My wife and I were greeted and promptly taken to our table. The restaurant looked to be a third full, but did pick up as we dined.
Cheeseballs - We shared the cheese sprouts on the many recommendations from citysearch. Cheeseballs are served in our home on a weekly basis so they are a dish that I am extremely familiar with. CravePizzas Cheeseballs are good, with a nice balance of flavor. I personally didn't get much of the Red shiracha sauce, but I did appreciate the use of the ranch and will likely incorporate them into my own Cheeseballs moving forward. Another personal preference, I like my Cheeseballs a little less al dente, but that is my preference and CravePizzas Cheeseballs did have a very nice char to them. I think where CravePizza's Cheseballs take an unfair hit is with the lofty expectations put on them by the Yelp citigrind phenomenon; they are certainly good, but the hype attached to them below makes them nearly impossible to live up to. All in all, very nice ranch option that I appreciated and they were a perfect portion size for sharing amongst the two of us.
Pizza - We split the Marghertia. It arrived promptly, warm, and most definitely passed the eye test as it looked delicious. Portion size was again ideal for sharing amongst two people. Upon tasting, I found the marinara and mozzarella to be very fresh. There was whole roasted garlic cloves scattered on top of the pizza that provided a nice pop of flavor. My basil looked a bit tired and was spread around like an after thought. The bites I got with the basil, garlic, and mozzarella were nice, but the basil was tired and to few and far between for me. The crust was magnificent, sturdy, nice char, extremely flavorful. The crust is something that other pizza places simply can't achieve like CravePizza can and their cheese was definitely the star. While the crust was nice and the pizza fresh, I thought overall that it was too small. They had all the ingredients in place.
Service - The service was fine, our drinks were refilled when needed, and our space and conversations weren't interrupted by blatant tip jockeying. Service was more than adequate.
I liked CravePizza more than thought. I like the location and the internal vibe, but ultimately it comes down to the pizza and that's where I felt the most happy. They have some interesting combinations of ingredients on their menu and I would like to say that I'll be back to try some of them.
A remarkable pizza restaurant located in downtown has earned my highest marks for the best high quality assortment of specialty pizzas and other menu items in the chicago land area.
The atmosphere offers good energy, assorted works of art on the ceiling and walls, sidewalk dining, and a pristine décor complete with matching table settings that make you feel at home. The area brings back good memories of a section from the city where I grew-up back east. The genuine special pampering offered by the staff has consistently typified stellar customer satisfaction, which along with the delicious food, has kept us coming back for more.
From the over the counter view of the open kitchen, one observes the clean atelier of the chefs artistically creating authentic traditional and gluten reduced food dishes intrinsic to both Sicily and the Italian mainland. The menu overview includes specialty meat, chicken and vegetable pizzas on their original famous crust or, a section to create your own pizza, burgers, hot sandwiches, fresh salads, an assortment of appetizers, desserts, and beverages. What sets this pizza restaurant apart from all the rest is quickly discerned by the flavor and the finest quality ingredients used in the preparation of a superior food product.
Take it from a Jewish-Italian-American, if your pallet is akin to five dollar schmatta pizzas advertised by our human brothers and sisters spinning signs on street corners and that would otherwise be more fitting for use as Frisbees for the dog, then oy gevald! - do yourself a real mitzvah and nosh on the authentic and incredibly delicious pizzas at CravePizza.
Although the menu choices are numerous with ample portions set before you, the gracious owners mindfully cater to the special tastes of their customers. Adducing the chefs' cooking talents, the maestros frequently visit your table to happily proffer the modification of menu items to your personal liking or to suggest the creation of something totally new. Their willingness to please both delights the adult palate and accommodates young developing taste buds alike.
Visit their website to review the online menu, it's a great place to have a pizza meeting or party, eat-in, takeout and the delivery area is published online.
Mozel a presto!
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