Illinois Dining May 06, 2017
The 12 Best Places In Illinois To Get Pizza That Aren’t Chicago
When most people think about Illinois pizza, their thoughts go straight to Chicago, but true Illinoisians know you don’t have to go anywhere near the city to get an amazing pie.
These fabulous local pizza places have been around for years – some longer than you’ve been alive. Keep reading to find out why these joints are so great and which ones are in a town near you.
1. Walts Pizza - Marion
For over three decades, this well-loved pizza joint has been dishing out thick crust pies with generous toppings to hungry locals. They also offer a wide range of wine and beer options. Stop by their location for lunch or dinner at 213 S. Court St. Marion.
2. Alfano's Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant - Rochelle
Since 1996, this local favorite has been serving delicious pizza as well as traditional Sicilian dishes. It is located at 1115 Turkington Ter. Rochelle. We recommend the beer nuggets!
3. Brienzo's Wood Fired Pizza - Peoria
When everyone in your family wants a different topping, take them to this unique spot. They specialize in custom, individualized pies and paninis and even offer a breakfast pizza in the morning. Grab one any day at 5901 N. Prospect Rd. Suite 2 Peoria.
4. DiCarlo's Pizza and Pasta - Red Bud
This family-run business has been in operation for over 30 years. You can get one of their tasty, authentic pizzas at 1520 S. Main St. Red Bud.
5. Firehouse Pizza and Pub - Normal
Locals love this hot spot for more than just its pizza. They often host live entertainment and have a full bar. Don't miss the pizza buffet at 107 E. Beaufort St. Normal.
6. Joe's Pizza - Paris
This family-owned restaurant has been around since 1973 and is perfect for kids, especially during the holidays. Their pizzas are made with fresh ingredients, and you can get one at 226 W. Court St. Paris.
7. Lino's - Rockford
Enjoy an Italian-themed interior and crave-worthy pizza at this popular spot. It opened in 1971 and has been locally owned and operated for three generations. Get a slice at 5611 E. State St. Rockford.
8. Mickie's Pizzeria - East Peoria and North Pekin
This popular local joint serves pizza, pasta, sandwiches, wings, and more. There's something for the whole family, and you can stop by either 1051 E. Washington St. East Peoria or 137A Radio City Dr. North Pekin for lunch or dinner.
9. Papa Del's Pizza Factory - Champaign
Locals have been enjoying pizza at this restaurant since 1970. You can get a Chicago-style, stuffed pizza without going anywhere near the city. They also serve breadsticks, sandwiches, dessert, as well as beer and wine, and it is located at 1201 South Neil St. Champaign.
10. Papa Vito's Pizza - Belleville
Using all-natural ingredients, this wonderful dive claims to sell the world's best pizza, salads, sandwiches, and wings. Head to the city's historic downtown, and check it out for yourself at 318 E. Washington St. Belleville.
11. Pizza Villa - DeKalb
Known for its famous thin crust, this family-operated restaurant has been around since 1956. Come try their homemade dough at 824 W. Lincoln Hwy. DeKalb.
12. Quarto's Deep Pan Pizza - Carbondale
This iconic Illinois pizza joint features more than just great food. You'll come for the pizza and stay for the atmosphere. Stop by 218 W. Freeman St. Carbondale to see what it's all about.
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