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Detroit-Style Pizza Hits Andersonville At New Local Restaurant

Located in the fringe between Andersonville and Ravenswood is a new area restaurant that brings Detroit-style pizza to the neighborhood.

Adding to the mix of diverse eateries in Andersonville and Edgewater, three brothers bring a unique twist to pizza to the old Takos Koreanos at 1706 W Foster Ave. With the grand opening of the Fat Chris’s Pizza And Such this past Saturday, Nick and Mike Milazzo and Chris Kasson set off on their brotherly dream of coming together to start their own pizzeria.

Originally from the Michigan area, the brothers all worked in the restaurant industry at some point. As time went on, they went in different directions. But it was their family ties and the love of pizza that brought them back together. When Mike moved to Chicago, Nike and Chris soon followed to start the business.

“After Mike moved to Chicago 10 years ago, we would get together here about once a year,” said Nick. “We decided that we really liked this city and knew we could all live here and start the new pizza place. We love the Andersonville area and live in the neighborhood.”

Fat Chris’s will offer traditional hand tossed as well as the authentic Detroit-style pizza. The Detroit version is made in a steel square pan with twice-baked dough, Wisconsin block cheese and sauce that is smeared on top of the cheese rather than beneath it. When cooked, the cheese forms a delicious, crispy layer around the edges.

The eatery will also offer another unique item called pepperoni rolls which consists of provolone, mozzarella, pepperoni and garlic butter rolled in their homemade dough and baked to perfection. “We like to call them Chubbies,” said Nick. “Just dip them into the marinara or ranch, their good stuff!”

The restaurant will also offer a lunchtime pizza buffet with all their great slices and a full salad bar for one low price everyday from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. For this week only, they will be offering a buy one, get one free lunch buffet as their opening special.

Wings, Nachos, calzones and desserts are also on the menu and they hope to add sandwiches to the menu in a couple months. It is BYOB for now, but they hope to be serving beer and wine soon. They are open 10:30 a.m – 11 p.m. daily and there are plenty of televisions throughout the place playing your favorite games.

“It is just a great, fun environment,” Nick added. “We love hanging out and goofing around with each other and that’s what we hope to bring here.”

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