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    Post #1 - March 1st, 2019, 6:04 pm
    Post #1 - March 1st, 2019, 6:04 pm Post #1 - March 1st, 2019, 6:04 pm
    Given the frustrations being aired about Burt's in Morton Grove, and whether it should be held to the standard of the original, it seems time to give its fairly local competitor Lefty's Pizza Kitchen its own thread.

    Lefty's is conveniently located in the middle of downtown Wilmette at the NW corner of Central and 12th, just a couple hundred feet from the Metra platform. Their pan pizza has a burnt-cheese rimmed crust like Burt's and Pequod's, but is considerably thinner than Pequod's. Based on what Ram4 was told recently, Burt's recipe may even be at Lefty's because of mutual ownership (now, or at some point).

    I haven't had occasion to try their thin crust yet, but the photos on Google make their thin look just as good as, if not better than, the local competition (not talking about Napolita, which is very good, but a style of its own not suitable for comparison). Be aware, this is a pizza parlor, not an Italian restaurant with pizza. They offer a few fried appetizers (wings, curds, pickles, onion rings) and salads, but that's it.

    I hope those that have a chance to try it do, and post their opinions and experiences here. If you think thicker pizza deserves a heavy amount of cheese, consider adding extra cheese as a topping.

    Lefty's Pizza Kitchen (opened July, 2018)
    1156 Central Ave (entrance on 12th St across from Chase Bank lot)
    (847)920-5401
    M-Th 11a-9p
    F-Sa 11a-10p
    Su 4.3p-8p
    Menu: http://www.leftyspizzakitchen.com/menuPDF/leftysmenu.pdf
  • Post #2 - March 2nd, 2019, 10:05 am
    Post #2 - March 2nd, 2019, 10:05 am Post #2 - March 2nd, 2019, 10:05 am
    We've ordered thin crust from Lefty's several times. The thin crust is several notches higher in quality than the long time places in the area, (La Rosa, Giggios, etc.). I think they may be using the same dough for the pan and the thin crust. Very tasty, though the most recent pizza we had would have benefited from some more time in the oven. We will try ordering crispy next time.

    Several months ago we had a nearly two hour wait for a pizza here-and it was a pickup not a delivery. It seems they didn't anticipate how popular they would become. We stayed away for a while because of that. We did order a pizza for delivery Friday night from Lefty's and received it within the hour. They may have sucessfully ramped up to meet demand.

    Haven't tried the pan pizza yet.
    "I live on good soup, not on fine words." -Moliere
  • Post #3 - March 2nd, 2019, 12:57 pm
    Post #3 - March 2nd, 2019, 12:57 pm Post #3 - March 2nd, 2019, 12:57 pm
    We’ve had both the thin crust and pan pizza and thought each was great for its type. Only ordered the pepperoni topping and it was generously topped and very tasty. My friend, who often leaves most of the crust to save on calories, ate every last crumb.
    It’s close to home so I have only ordered and picked up. Last time I ordered during the polar vortex, I left after paying to run an errand and when I returned to pickup I was dreading navigating the piles of snow and ice again. Before I could get out of my car, the young man who took my order was knocking on the passenger window with my pizza in hand. I opened the window to thank him but before I could say anything he handed me the box and said, “I was looking out for you”. So nice.
  • Post #4 - April 26th, 2019, 7:57 am
    Post #4 - April 26th, 2019, 7:57 am Post #4 - April 26th, 2019, 7:57 am
    We've ordered for delivery a couple of more times in recent weeks and have had good experiences. It seems like they have overcome the difficulties caused by their initial burst of popularity. Still have not tried anything but the thin crust as we are really enjoying that.
    "I live on good soup, not on fine words." -Moliere
  • Post #5 - April 26th, 2019, 8:09 am
    Post #5 - April 26th, 2019, 8:09 am Post #5 - April 26th, 2019, 8:09 am
    From the Burt's thread...
    Ram4 wrote:
    bweiny wrote:Reminder for those unsatisfied with the current iteration of Burt's, Lefty's Pizza Kitchen in downtown Wilmette does a damn fine burnt cheese rimmed crust.
    I was just informed that one of the partners who bought Burt's is the owner of Lefty's after they parted ways so Burt's recipe could be at both places now.
    Same pizza recipe

    (burnt cheese crust)
    I prefer caramelized rather than carbonized which burnt implies. :)
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #6 - April 26th, 2019, 1:11 pm
    Post #6 - April 26th, 2019, 1:11 pm Post #6 - April 26th, 2019, 1:11 pm
    Panther in the Den wrote:From the Burt's thread...
    Ram4 wrote:
    bweiny wrote:Reminder for those unsatisfied with the current iteration of Burt's, Lefty's Pizza Kitchen in downtown Wilmette does a damn fine burnt cheese rimmed crust.
    I was just informed that one of the partners who bought Burt's is the owner of Lefty's after they parted ways so Burt's recipe could be at both places now.
    Same pizza recipe
    I tried to convey such in the original post
    Based on what Ram4 was told recently, Burt's recipe may even be at Lefty's because of mutual ownership (now, or at some point).
  • Post #7 - May 11th, 2019, 9:01 am
    Post #7 - May 11th, 2019, 9:01 am Post #7 - May 11th, 2019, 9:01 am
    Lefty's is our Go-To pizza after a lifetime of searching for pizza I love in our hood.
    Their thin is perfection, their pan is heavenly. My only wish is they stay around forever. This is debatable UNLESS they train their very young staff to have better manners on the phone and in person. Snotty, coarse, ungrateful, -plain rude. They will destroy this business unless the owners pay attention. I am not asking for rear-kissing, just plain courtesy.
  • Post #8 - May 13th, 2019, 11:04 am
    Post #8 - May 13th, 2019, 11:04 am Post #8 - May 13th, 2019, 11:04 am
    jilter wrote:Lefty's is our Go-To pizza after a lifetime of searching for pizza I love in our hood.
    Their thin is perfection, their pan is heavenly. My only wish is they stay around forever. This is debatable UNLESS they train their very young staff to have better manners on the phone and in person. Snotty, coarse, ungrateful, -plain rude. They will destroy this business unless the owners pay attention. I am not asking for rear-kissing, just plain courtesy.
    If you love the pizza that much that you WISH they stay around forever then you have to call or speak to the owner/manager ASAP about this issue or it could very well be their undoing. This place is in Wilmette on basically a side street (not a highly visible location on Green Bay Rd so people passing through will never see it), and downtown Wilmette is not normally a place people go out of their way for food so help them out. By the way I finally got to try the deep dish and it was great. My Mom couldn't stop saying how much she loved it. The thin is perfection you say? I might have to try that too.
  • Post #9 - May 13th, 2019, 12:05 pm
    Post #9 - May 13th, 2019, 12:05 pm Post #9 - May 13th, 2019, 12:05 pm
    Dear Ram and Jilter, I am the owner and read your post. I appreciate any and all feedback especially when it comes to customer service. I addressed your concerns immediately with my staff. Not only do we aim to provide you with the highest quality pizza, but also the most inviting staff imaginable! Feel free to introduce yourself next time you come in and we can talk further if you like.
  • Post #10 - May 13th, 2019, 2:04 pm
    Post #10 - May 13th, 2019, 2:04 pm Post #10 - May 13th, 2019, 2:04 pm
    Leftys wrote:Dear Ram and Jilter, I am the owner and read your post. I appreciate any and all feedback especially when it comes to customer service. I addressed your concerns immediately with my staff. Not only do we aim to provide you with the highest quality pizza, but also the most inviting staff imaginable! Feel free to introduce yourself next time you come in and we can talk further if you like.
    Hi, thank you and I definitely will.
  • Post #11 - May 13th, 2019, 8:10 pm
    Post #11 - May 13th, 2019, 8:10 pm Post #11 - May 13th, 2019, 8:10 pm
    Lefty's, how nice of you to post. I never dreamed my comments would reach you.
    I have been debating approaching the owners, but it is a sensitive issue. I am glad you read and acknowledged my comments. You got the point, and I continue to be grateful for your presence in Wilmette. The best pizza ever!
  • Post #12 - May 13th, 2019, 9:36 pm
    Post #12 - May 13th, 2019, 9:36 pm Post #12 - May 13th, 2019, 9:36 pm
    Thank you, those compliments mean the world to us! Next time you’re in, ask for John and we can have a conversation.
  • Post #13 - May 14th, 2019, 10:24 am
    Post #13 - May 14th, 2019, 10:24 am Post #13 - May 14th, 2019, 10:24 am
    jilter wrote:Lefty's, how nice of you to post. I never dreamed my comments would reach you.
    I have been debating approaching the owners, but it is a sensitive issue. I am glad you read and acknowledged my comments. You got the point, and I continue to be grateful for your presence in Wilmette. The best pizza ever!
    See? I told you to say something! :wink: An owner that truly cares about their business will always want to hear everything you have to say- good or bad. It is not a sensitive subject to them if no one is ordering pizzas anymore because of their rude staff. I always say something. And if the pizza is excellent, I will also tell them.
  • Post #14 - May 14th, 2019, 3:31 pm
    Post #14 - May 14th, 2019, 3:31 pm Post #14 - May 14th, 2019, 3:31 pm
    This is great news. We live in Evanston and I'd just about given up on finding good pizza. I think we've tried just about everyone in the vicinity; our go-to has been Malnati's but over the years we have found them to be surprisingly variable in quality, something that's a great disappointment.
    The fact that Lefty's delivers is a huge plus as well. Looking forward to trying a few pies out in the very near future!
    Gypsy Boy

    "I am not a glutton--I am an explorer of food." (Erma Bombeck)

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