When one enters Pete’s Pizzeria and Bakehouse, they won’t know what to expect. On the outside, sit pet owners with their fur babies as they munch on pizza. Inside are Loyola college students enjoying a relaxing break with their friends. But here is the sure sign that you know that the food is good, a group of Chicago’s finest share a pizza at a nearby table. Pete’s is the newest acquisition to the Granville area that boasts a great selection of Italian dishes as well as such traditional favorites as chicken and ribs. Add to the mix deliciously devilish desserts and gelato, and you have got a great place to take a break.
With so many types of pizza, it was hard to decide what to try first. Luckily Bruce made the choice for us by bringing some of the faves. Pete prides itself on being a vegan friendly place, so we tried the maragarita pizza and the spinach ricotta. All of the ingredients are fresh and most of the food is homemade. Warning though if you think you will get small slices, think again. The slices were huge and had to be cut in half. Definitely a place for someone who loves to eat. Even though their claim to fame is pizza, Pete’s can satisfy anyone. My two favorites were the Tuscan chicken sandwich and the ribs. As a country girl, I appreciated the sweet barbecue sauce. But the secret of the sauce will remain with the cook I was told. The sandwich was a delight with its ciabatta bread and tender grilled chicken that had a slight coat of pesto mayo on it as well as the vegetables on it. Oh and all the sandwiches are accompanied with homemade potato chips.
Being an actress, it is important to watch what I eat and to eat healthy. That means a lot of salads. Pete’s had a great selection but we sampled the classic Cobb and a yummy mandarin chicken. The “Cobb”was chopped full of chunks of chicken, gorgonzola cheese, bacon and hard boiled eggs. It was topped with a balsalmic dressing. The mandarin salad also had chicken as well as mandarin orange slices and topped with an oriental ginger dressing. My mouth just waters thinking about it.
Since Pete’s owners have Sicilian roots, the menu includes traditional Italian dishes. We got to try the spaghetti and meatballs and it was tasty. Since my waspy mother made sauce from a jar, I was in no postion to judge the sauce . Jen assured me that it was good , especially the mammoth meatballs. Jen is Italian and familiar with the cuisine.
All meals must come to an end, and that means dessert. Gee , two girls having to try cheesecake and chocolate cake, it’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it. The chocolate cake was definitely moist and full of chocolatty goodness. The turtle cheesecake satisfied as well. In the future, I was told that there would be large line of baked goods, including local artisan breads and other treats. We were given an extra treat, a taste of their gelato. It is specially made for the chain by a man that delivers it and makes it. Usually they boast about eighteen flavors, but today we tried two of the ones in the store. I tried the banana fudge and Jen tried the seasonal favorite pumpkin pie. The fudge tasted like a banana split and the pumpkin pie reminded her of the spices in a piece of pumpkin pie.
If you want a down home taste experience, whether it is a break from dorm food or take out. I recommend Pete’s . It is right across from the Granville station and they also deliver as far north as Evanston. So mangia everyone!