Mon, May 20 2013 09:24
|This will be the longest 45-minute wait of your life.|
Folsom, Sacramento and Roseville, CA
I’ve dined at three of the four Chicago Fire locations more times than I care to admit to my personal trainer. I go for intimate casual meals and celebrations with friends, and it’s also my venue of choice when planning work events. Have they ever let me down? Nope.
I’d been searching for authentic Chicago-style pizza here on the west coast ever since I spent two consecutive college summers interning in the windy city. Chicago Fire’s decadent Stuffed Pizzas are the closest I've had to Giordano's, the mother of all Chicago pizza joints; I no longer have to mail-order bricks of frozen meat, cheese and dough to satisfy my frequent cravings.
Stuffed Pizzas are hefty and can take up to 45 minutes to cook. Plan accordingly. Chicago Fire offers plenty of delicious salads, incredible wings and an extensive beer, wine and cocktail list to keep you occupied. You can even order a thin-crust pizza (I recommend the Traditional) to snack on which bakes in a fraction of the time. Pre-pizza pizza? Yes, please. I always, order two stuffed pies in particular: the meaty Chicago Fire Combo, and the lighter (ha!) Spinach & Mushroom. You may be asking, what is a stuffed pizza? Well, you take heavy, high-rimmed pizza pans large enough to bake wedding cake tiers and line it with dough. Add your toppings, another layer of dough, THEN top it with chunky marinara. Bake. Devour. Roll eyes to the back of your head.
Here’s a tip: these slices are tall and rich with high-quality ingredients. When the menu says a small stuffed pizza will feed 2-3 people, BELIEVE IT.