Whoops. Did we just say Bears fans...
We meant pizza fans.
Next weekend will be better for pizza fans.
Here’s why: Parlor Pizza Bar, a major new development in eating-pizza-on-a-rooftop-patio experiences, opening Friday in the West Loop. (See the slideshow here.)
Where some people just saw an old auto-repair shop, some of the guys behind Stout and Cedar Hotel saw an opportunity for greatness in the way of wood-fired ovens, exorbitant amounts of patio seating and the occasional heated ping-pong bout.
So after a crash course at famed Roberta’s in New York, they developed 19 or so Neapolitan-style pies like the Hawaii Pie O with spicy pineapple and coconut cheese.
Inside, it’s all wood, exposed steel and chesterfield couches. Not a bad spot to swing by in the morning for pastries and Bow Truss coffee. But frankly, you’ll like it most in the evening. The patio is huge. Two-floors huge. Shipping-container-used-as-a-bar huge.
So sit. Relax under those patio lights. Play some ping-pong. Have a pizza. Partake in 75 beers or one of six cocktails on tap like a pisco punch...
Start a Bears prayer circle if there’s time.