Tucked away in Lincoln Square is the best pizza place in Chicago. Spacca Napoli (located at 1769 W. Sunnyside) serves up authentic Neapolitan pizza. The owner Jonathan Goldsmith and his staff are on the ball, super friendly, and ensure that you will have a great meal and a great time.
As you walk in the door, you can't help but notice the custom-built brick oven. The kitchen is right there for you to see. My daughters love watching the guys make the pizzas. Once the pizzas hit the oven they are ready in 60 seconds!
We have eaten here often because there is a great selection of both vegan pizzas and meat-lovers' pizzas. Yesterday a friend invited us to lunch, and we headed over to Spacca Napoli. It had been awhile since our last visit, but Spero, our waiter, remembered us. He was super friendly answering questions about the Italian liquori and wines on the drink menu. Our friend is a consummate wine connoisseur with fabulous taste and extensive knowledge, but there were many wines on the list of which he had never heard.
After our pizzas arrived, and the girls had eaten a slice each, they were ready to go watch the pizza-making. As they watched, Jonathan told them that at a less crowded time they could go into the kitchen and make their own pizza. They had done this once before when we visited on a quiet December afternoon about a year ago. Hummingbird excitedly told me the news, to which I replied, "Well, maybe we'll get to come back soon on a quieter day." She agreed and ran back to watch some more. We ordered dessert, and while the adults ate slowly and talked, the girls gobbled theirs down and ran back to watch the kitchen. Henry and Pablo soon invited them in and helped them each make her own pizza. While we were still finishing the last bites of dessert, Jamie walked over with two pizzas and two girls following proudly, excited to show off their work. Bumble Bee made a prosciutto pizza, and Hummingbird's was Italian sausage. I think I've found their first summer jobs for them...
All of the pizzas were delicious, and we came home with plenty for lunch and an after dinner snack. So, if you're looking for great pizza (in Chicago) with a kid-friendly atmosphere where adults are also sure to enjoy themselves, then Spacca Napoli is waiting for you!