Chicago is known for its deep-dish pizza. But I'm really not a fan of that style. I prefer thin crust! Plus, I already had deep-dish the first time I was in Chicago years ago.
This time around, Anna, Amy, Wendy and I met one of Anna's friends, Kate, from the CIA (Culinary Institute) for pizza at Marcello's. This place was recommended my multiple people, and we were looking forward to a fun experience and good food.
Because the restaurant did not offer pizza by a slice and Wendy was the only one who wanted deep-dish pizza, we decided to order two salads and one extra large thin pizza. It was the fastest that 5 people ever came to an agreement when it came to food. That gave us time to chat and learn about Kate's future catering business endeavours!
The service was sort of mediocre, but the food was definitely great!
We started with Marcello's Chopped Antipasto Salad (mixed greens, roasted red & yellow peppers, tomatoes, artichokes, red onion, Italian meats, fontinella & Gorgonzola cheese served with our homemade Italian dressing): the ingredients were fresh and there were plenty of them! We also had a Caesar salad.
When it came to pizza, we decided to be rather simple and ordered Artichoke & Plum Tomato pizza (a sprinkle of fontinella, Parmesan, Romano & mozzarella cheese with garlic and olive oil sauce topped with artichokes & plum tomatoes). The crust was perfection! It was thin and tasted like it was fried in olive oil (a good thing). I was surprised that tomatoes were not fresh, but they still tasted delicious. We had so many leftovers (snacked on them throughout the day).
P.S. Wendy did end up getting a taste of deep-dish pizza on our last day in Chicago at Gino's. Everyone was happy!