Best Calzones In Chicago

December 10, 2010 2:51 PM

Best Calzones In Chicago


Calzones are like pizza’s favorite cousin. They look and smell almost like pizza, but have their own distinct taste. Take hot, baked dough, stuff it with gooey cheese, sauce, and pizza toppings, and you have yourself a delicious calzone.

We’ve rounded up some of the best calzone joints in Chicago. Have one we missed? Tell us where to find it below.

Dave’s Italian Kitchen

1635 Chicago Ave.
Evanston, IL

Real, fresh, homemade food at reasonable prices, is what you’ll find at Dave’s. Dave’s Italian Kitchen is a major bang for your buck. The calzones are reasonably priced, and the portions can be split by two or more. With such great values and amazing food, Dave’s rarely has an empty table. Their calzones however, are well worth the wait!

Calzone Options Include: (Small serves 1-2, Large serves 2-3):

1) Pesto Sauce, Mozzarella, Fresh Tomato, Zucchini & Mushroom

2) Pesto Sauce, Mozzarella, Fresh Tomato, Spinach & Mushroom

3) Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Fresh Tomato & Italian

4) Pesto Sauce, Mozzarella, & Primavera Veggies (Broccoli, Carrots, and Red Pepper)

5) Tomato Sauce, Fresh Tomato, Cilantro, Zucchini, Spinach & Mushroom (NO CHEESE)

Renaldi’s Pizza Pub

2827 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248.2445

For more than 30 years, Renaldi’s owners have been serving the Lakeview neighborhood great Italian. This is your spot for a traditional, “Mom & Pop”, calzone. Classic Italian recipes, and great service makes this a North Side favorite.

Calzone Options Include:

1) Veggie Calzone
2) Sausage Calzone
3) Calzone w. Ricotta Cheese & Spinach
4) Calzone w. Ricotta Cheese & Ground Beef
5) Chicken Calzone

Sofia’s Pizza

1132 W Taylor
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 432-0045

Sofia’s Pizza is known as an old fashioned pizzeria. With great specials, and coupon offerings, it’s no wonder Sofia’s is always bustling. Though their calzones (equivalent to a 10 inch pizza), are big enough to share, trust me -you won’t want to!

Calzone Options Include:

1) Plain Calzone- A closed pizza with mozzarella and ricotta cheese.

2) One topping Calzone- A closed pizza with mozzarella and ricotta cheese.

3) One toppings Calzone- A closed pizza with mozzarella and ricotta cheese.

Best Calzones In Chicago



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For those looking for the calzone experience, without all the guilt. Try a calzone on the lighter-side at Pockets. Pockets calzones are made with whole-grain dough, fresh ingredients, and tons of veggies and fillings to choose from.

Calzone Options Include:

1) The Original Calzone- choose two ingredients and we’ll stuff it with mozzarella cheese and pizza sauce

2) The Gobbler- turkey, spinach, mushrooms, and mounds of mozzarella cheese (great with ranch)

3) Southwest Calzone- chicken, corn, beans and southwest mix combined with chedder and mozzarella

4) The Bbc- a combo of broccoli, bacon and cheese-cheeder and mozzarella (great with ranch)

5) Broccolator- broccoli, turkey, mushrooms, and mounds of mozzarella cheese (great with ranch)

6) Call Me Cheesy- two ingredients mixed with a combo of ricotta, swiss, mozzarella, and pizza sauce

Gianna’s Authentic Stuffed Pizza

1519 E. 87th
Chicago, IL 60619

Gianna’s is one of the best places for a calzone on the South Side. With plenty of ingredients to choose from, there’s plenty of options to stuff your face (calzone) with.

Calzone Options Include:

Sausage, Pepperoni, Ground Beef, Canadian Bacon, Anchovies, Mushrooms, Onion, Green Pepper, Broccoli, Hot Peppers, Pineapple, Chicken, Shrimp, Spinach.

Have one we missed? Tell us where to find it below. –Lauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago

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