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Antica Pizzeria’s Brick Oven Pizza Gains Popularity

antica1In Edgewater and Andersonville there is no shortage of restaurants and any number of places where one can stop for pizza. But is there a place in Andersonville where one can be served a brick oven pizza just like in Sicily? Mario, the owner of Antica Pizzeria at 5663 N. Clark, says that business has been excellent. “During the week we have a lot of people from the area,” he says, “but on the weekends people come from Evanston, downtown, Lake Forest… all over.”

Serving up pizza now for about three years, the restaurant brought the first brick oven to the neighborhood. Antica’s pizza is Neapolitan style made the Sicilian way and the secret to the pizzeria’s popular pies is in the ‘crispness all the way through’.

Mario’s way of baking is definitely old school as the name itself (Antica) means old fashioned. He was just featured on Chicago’s Best TV, where they proclaimed him ‘one of Andersonville’s friendliest restaurant owners.’

Mario says he came to the US in 2001. “My first neighborhood in Chicago was Andersonville,” he says, “and I have lived here ever since.”

The restaurant opened its doors on “October 20, 2008,” Mario says. The rest is history.

Brick oven pizza with recipes directly from Sicily. Why not give it a try on these cold winter evenings or take a break from your holiday activities to try a new place. A taste of Sicily awaits you. “Ciao!” says Mario.


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