Pizza Rustica may not be for everyone, but I'm surprised by how virtually absent it has been in this forum's discussions, especially given its location right across the street from TAC Quick. I'm a big fan of the bakery-style crust at this Venetian-owned little restaurant. Though you won't find mention of it on the menu, and the owner keeps it under wraps, the secret ingredient is lard, an irreplaceable, classic ingredient used by very few pizza places these days.
Eating the pizza at Pizza Rustica means accepting two downsides: your fingers will end up quite greasy, and you will take a few days off of your life expectancy. The reward is a fantastic, lard-produced, audible crunch that gives way to a very light-textured yet rich-tasting bread. My favorite pie at Pizza Rustica is the potato-rosemary. It's got a light coating of pureed tomatoes, well-cooked potato slices, a good dose of the fresh herb, and the right amount of cheese to keep the pie well balanced. Sometimes I have them leave the tomato puree off - it is pretty acidic.
3913 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60613-2925