At Belemonti’s Pizzeria, owner Tammy Maleckas tosses Chicago’s “other” style of pizza: thin, crackery-crusted pies. And she comes by the profession naturally (her parents opened a pizza joint on Chicago’s South Side, and her grandmother immigrated from Calabria, Italy).
Belemonti’s sits between Sixth and Seventh avenues on Santa Fe Drive, specializing in carryout and delivery pizza, though you can gobble a slice right on the spot. One great bet is the Windy City, a well-rounded combo of Italian sausage, roasted red and yellow peppers, Spanish green olives, and cayenne pepper. (We went light on the cayenne, and the pie was still plenty spicy.)
Bonus: Check out the cannoli, which can be ordered in both traditional (chocolate chip) and seasonal (cranberry) flavors.
644 Santa Fe Drive, 303-952-9879