Candlelite Chicago | Rogers Park/West Rogers Park | Bar/Lounge, Pizza, American, Classic Bar | Restaurant
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Neighborhood tavern with a pool table and 17 televisions, specializing in super-thin-crust pizza.

Our Review

For decades the green martini glass on this neighborhood saloon’s neon sign was a beacon for wonderful cracker-thin-crust pizza—and still is. That’s even after a group of regulars took it over—including a culinary school grad—and installed flat-screen TVs in practically every sight line. Rest assured you won’t miss the big play while sitting on the can, but somehow all those plasma teats don’t seem so intrusive bordered by exposed brick, red pleather, and shiny dark wood. The thickish, well-blistered cheese on the pies almost negates the matzolike crust, but this is optimal boozing pizza and can be heartily demolished with minimal residual loginess. There’s a wide range of gussied-up and largely forgettable bar food, with a few standouts like a boat of intensely aromatic garlic fries dressed in red wine vinegar—order those extra crispy, lest they go soggy.

Mike Sula

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Payment Type: Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

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For decades the green martini glass on this neighborhood saloon’s neon sign was a beacon for wonderful cracker-thin-crust pizza—and still is. That’s even after a group of regulars took it over—including a culinary school grad—and installed flat-screen TVs in practically every sight line. Rest assured you won’t miss the big play while sitting on the can, but somehow all those plasma teats don’t seem so intrusive bordered by exposed brick, red pleather, and shiny dark wood. Order something off the substantial draught list or the bigger bottle list to go with the optimal boozing pizza. —Mike Sula

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