Bacci Pizzeria: Jumbo Slice, Tiny Price!
Chicago is well known for its deep dish pizza. But a new favorite, the jumbo slice, is taking the city by storm. It’s kind of like the foot-long hot dog– cheap, filling, and comically large. But these giant slices of heaven are no laughing matter. Papa Rays in Logan Square and Village Pizza in the Ukranian Village both boast the jumbo slice. But the premier spot to grab an absurdly huge piece of ‘za is Bacci Pizzeria, with sixteen locations in the Chicagoland Area.
I remember the first time I set foot in Bacci (or Bacci’s, as most Chicagoans call it– Chicagoans love adding the possessive to names of businesses. I admit I’ve been there dozens of times and always called it Bacci’s). I was fifteen, leaving a show, sweaty and obnoxious with a bunch of friends. As I entered the Milwaukee Ave. location I had to rub my eyes to be sure I wasn’t hallucinating. Behind the glass sneeze barrier lay five or six of the biggest pizzas I’d ever seen, cut and ready to be served by the slice.
“What do you need?” the attendant asked. I gazed at all the giant pies and analyzed the varieties: classics like pepperoni, sausage and cheese, but with a few more adventurous options thrown in: mushroom and green pepper, broccoli and onion, etc.
“How much are the slices?”
“$3.50 with a free pop.”
“No no, you misunderstand you see I’d like one of those.” I pointed at the jumbo slices.
“Yes, jumbo slices $3.50. With tax.”
He heated up the pizza in an oven for a couple minutes and we squared up. Needless to say, I was flabbergasted. In awe I sat with my giant slice of sausage. How was I gonna even hold it? I got myself a cherry coke (free refills!) and loaded up on Parmesan, oregano, red pepper, and garlic. I took my first bite into the doughy, crunchy, saucy, cheesy pizza. The rest was history.
When it comes to Bacci, not much has changed since I was fifteen. Admittedly, the price has risen just a bit, but it’s still a damn good deal. To give you an idea, each slice amounts roughly to the size of a laptop computer- often bigger, sometimes smaller. Maybe about 22 inches crust to tip. Many people can’t even finish their slices. A piece of advice: don’t try to eat two slices. It just isn’t a good idea, no matter how hungry you think you are. My favorite location is the one at Chicago and Western. It’s open twenty four hours, making it a prime spot to stop by after a show at the Empty Bottle or drunken ping pong at Happy Village. If you want pizza, you want it big, and you want it now, give Bacci a try. All you pizza lovers, let the feasting begin!
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