Ian’s Pizza serves up single slices of pizza that can only be described as Frankenstein-ian in nature. Toppings that by all rights shouldn’t be anywhere near a pizza crust somehow come together to create some pretty tasty slices of my favorite food.
I think Ian’s got the most attention when they originally opened in Chicago because of their “famous” Mac ‘n Cheese pizza. It’s an Atkins’ diet lover’s nightmare: a pizza crust covered in cheddar cheese and elbow macaroni. Bread covered in pasta covered in cheese? Yes please. There’s something so unnatural, but so delicious about the entire thing.
There’s no way to lie, it’s what originally drew me to the place. But it turns out that Ian’s isn’t resting on that one pizza to carry them. They have a ridiculous amount of crazy mad-scientist-like pizza combos. Sure they have the normal, run-of-the-mill cheese and pepperoni slices, but why go for the ordinary when you can get a Philly Cheese Steak pizza covered in steak, onions, and french fries?
It also helps that their slices are affordable and filling. Katie and tried 5 different slices all for around 20 bucks. Between the two of us we were able to try the mac ‘n cheese, lasagna marinara, BBFAT, Smokey the Bandit and the tomato pesto pizzas. Some were bigger successes than others (the lasagna marinara shames the mac ‘n cheese in my opinion) but all were good. And the fact that at least a dozen different pizzas are always available means you’ll never run out of options. Unless you’re looking for the s’mores pizza; that requires 24 hours advance notice.
The biggest surprise slice for us was the BBFAT. Comprised of black beans, feta, artichokes and tomatoes, a single slice of pizza is nearly a meal in and of itself. Hearty (and heavy) the flavors all came together to create what was probably my favorite slice there.
I don’t think that anyplace should charge $1.25 for a can of soda though. I’m not at Six Flags. Please don’t charge me Six Flags prices. Luckily, they do have a water dispenser with some cups for us cheapskates. Aside from that, and the fact that there’s no good way to go there during baseball season, Ian’s makes for one good pizza experience. Their location is also perfect. Cubs fans came pouring in after the game looking for some comfort food after the game we narrowly avoided. The only place I can imagine being a better location would be next to a college dorm. If you’re lucky Columbia College, maybe they’ll open a South Loop location.
I don’t know whether to say that Ian’s Pizza in Wrigleyville was dreamt up by a child’s imagination after they OD’d on sugar and caffeine, or if it was created by one very drunk, and possibly high, college student during one amazing bender. In either case, thank you. Thank you to the ADHD child. Thank you to the drunken college student. I didn’t know I needed lasagna pizza in my life, but I’m glad I have it.
Ian’s Pizza is located 3463 N. Clark St. (773) 525-4580. Check out more photos of their crazy pizza on our Flickr pool.