Old Chicago restaurants are scattered around the country, but, not surprisingly, they are most prevalent near Chicago. The selection on their menu is as vast as their geographic coverage, and they offer appetizers, salads, wings, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, and calzones. Lastly, if it wasn’t obvious by their full name, they also have a large selection of beer. However, I believe they are most known for their pizza, and that is certainly the reason I visited their Champaign, Illinois location.
The pizzas specifically at Old Chicago continue their theme of many options. You have four different crust choices, four different sauces, and a large amount toppings. I took the easier road by ordering one of their specialty pizzas and keeping their standard red sauce. That left the crust as my biggest decision, and I went with their “Chicago Thick.” The name can be deceiving as this is really just a pan crust, and not what you would likely think of as true Chicago-style. I liked the crust and the sauce, so I was happy with those selections. The specialty pizza I ordered was their “Meat Me” which included a lot of meats as well as green olive garnish and basil. The meats were pretty good, although I tasted the Andouille sausage more than the Italian sausage and wished it was the other way around. The green olive and basil were truly nothing more than garnishment, and their flavors did not stand out. Lastly, I was pleased that my pizza had a good amount of cheese.
Overall, Old Chicago is pretty nice chain, and the one in Champaign had a bit of a sports bar atmosphere. I would be happy to dine at Old Chicago again and try another one of their pizza options.
What I Ate: Meat Me