- I often have people say "You drove all the way to Chicago just for pizza?" Yeah, it's a 90 minute drive, but more is there than just the pizza. Burt's has an unique ambiance, it is cramped and comfortable (with the exception of our surly waiter
) with a steady stream of locals dropping in for their carryout orders. I found it to be like going to a relative's home for a holiday meal. It was great to sit with Gregg and Lucy and also visit face-to-face with my virtual friend Sal and his lovely new (non-virtual) family. They drove 50 miles from the other direction and also had questions about going that far for pizza.
After watching too much of Oz Clarke on the tellie, I have picked up a new word - terroir
. Burt's Place has its own terrior. This sense of place makes the pizza distinctive and unique, and it becomes more than the sum of the ingredients. The pizza was great as usual - gooey, crunchy, bready & cheesy all at once - with terrific toppings. One slice is not enough and two slices are too much - it is very filling pizza.
It was great to have one last (or maybe not our last) chance to dine at Burt's Place.