Life of Pie

The Benchmark Guys Took Over Ranalli’s

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Hot pizza. Cold beer.

They’ve got a pretty good thing going on. We implore you not to mess with it.

But, please, feel free to mess with everything else.

The result may look a lot like this: Ranalli’s, a total refresh of the 44-year-old Lincoln Park house of pies, now open... again.

The Four Corners Tavern Group (Benchmark, Kirkwood, et al) has taken over the classic 1970s pizza pub. They’ve used its thin-crust recipe as the starting point and simply built outward. (It’s a class they don’t teach in architecture school.) Here’s the breakdown:

The Space
There are 30 televisions throughout the joint amid whitewashed brick and cream-colored leather bar stools. The result is lighter, brighter and a lot easier for watching a Bulls game.

The Menu
Sure, stick with a sausage-and-pepper thin crust... though new options like the Spicy (Calabrese salami, habanero chicken, jalapeños, Hungarian peppers, mozzarella and pepper jack cheese) have a certain death-defying ring. There are 12 wines on tap and about 57 kinds of beer to cool you down.

The Table You’ll Reserve for March Madness
It’s called the King’s Table. It seats 12—and has its own two-beer tap system, so you’ll be in charge of your own beer.

Royal privilege and all that.

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