Hurray-lio for Aurelio's.
Forget your goat cheese, capers and arugula topped pies - this is what baby boomers and their offspring were weaned on - Chicago style pizza with homemade dough that results in a light, thin, crispy crust; freshly seasoned sausage and a famous, slightly sweet pizza sauce. Cut in squares, Chicago style.
Papa Joe Aurelio's idea was to keep it simple so you'll find a menu of basically pizza, pasta and sandwiches but an abundance of choices within those delicious parameters: 23 thin and thick crust pizza choices in sizes from a 6-inch "lil" to an mammoth "fiesta," stuffed pizza, the patented Mama Aurelio’s Spinach Calabrese (fresh spinach marinated in "secret" seasonings, then baked with sauce and part-skim mozzarella cheese inside a closed crust), a few traditional salads, spaghetti and ravioli and sandwiches like Italian beef, subs and meat ball.
The flagship location in Homewood offers a cavernous dining area on three levels under 30-foot ceilings, antique stained glass and a gazebo smack dab in the center of it all. Even though the space seats 650, it retains a warm, familial feel. Try to snag a seat in the outdoor garden area in the summer for a more bucolic backdrop to your intake of old fashioned pizza.
Aurelio's must be doing something right - there are now 43 locations in six states.
18162 Harwood Ave.
Homewood, IL 60430