Tasty Tuesday: National Pizza Day in Lake County 2021

Clearly, pizza is an important slice of the Illinois experience. As Chicago being the home of the U.S. Pizza Museum, we’re obviously doing something right in the Land of Lincoln.

Today, February 9 is National Pizza Day in the land of lakes. We are aware there are tens of thousands of versions of the 🍕 π holiday and each one of them is vital. Celebrate Tasty Tuesday the right way!

With the newly COVID-19 restrictions lifted,  this level of Restore Illinois mitigation Tier 1 permits Lake County restaurants and bars to host indoor dining. Listed below are the protocols bars and restaurants must follow during this phase and tier:

  • Indoor Service is limited to a lesser of 25% or 25 persons per room.
  • No tables exceeding four people in a party are allowed indoors.
  • Suspend indoor service if not serving food.
  • Outdoor, delivery and takeout service continues under updated hours.

Apparently, the first pizza was made for the Royal Palace of Capodimonte in 1889 (which used to be where the kings and queens of Naples and Sicily resided and is now a museum/national gallery). And the rest, my friends, is history.

We all call our inner Kevin McCallister from “Home Alone” when the fumes rise from the box. That beautiful pie stares back at you. All you can do is reply, “A lovely cheese pizza, just for me.”

This installment of Tasty Tuesday, snap some grams of your ‘za and utilize the #LetsGoLakeCounty so we can dream of the tasty cuisine all National Pizza Day; whether you’re eating in, carrying out, getting it delivered or chomping in a land of lakes winter wonderland outdoor dining venue. Don’t forget to mark your calendars, Lake County Restaurant Rally running February 26-March 7 Happy National Pizza Day in Lake County!

Bill’s Pizza & Pub in Mundelein/Bill’s Pub North in Third Lake

Devour the pizza and spit out the peanut shells on the floor. Bill’s Pizza & Pub is a family-friendly restaurant, since 1957, with a unique, comfortable, rustic, Northwoods-inspired dining room with incredible wildlife mounts. The world’s renowned first double-decker and famous thin-crust pizzas are outstanding! Their menu also has delicious sandwiches and desserts. The atmosphere is relaxed, the beer is cold and served in a frosty mug, and the food is excellent. Both locations are open for 25% indoor dining and carryout.

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano in Deer Park

This casual Italian Restaurant offers an extensive selection of homemade and imported plates of pasta, soups, salads, seafood and more. But with an Italian background, you better believe they make a mean pizza prepared with handmade dough and sauce from San Marzano, Italy. Biaggi’s offers pepperoni, Margherita, supreme and Italian sausage pies. Biaggi’s is currently open for 25% indoor dining and carryout.

Bontá Pizzeria & Restaurant in Lincolnshire

The Lincolnshire eatery is an Italian cuisine restaurant. The deli and market serving lunch and dinner are highlighted by subs, soups, salads entrées, pasta, steaks, wood-burning brick oven pizza and calzone. The fare is prepared with fresh imported and local ingredients. The Lincolnshire restaurant is open for indoor dining, carryout and curbside pickup.

Francesca’s Intimo Restaurant in Lake Forest

This Lake Forest restaurant is a contemporary and casual restaurant that offers rustic Italian fare like delicious slices of pizza pie. The neighborhood Italian cuisine also offers scrumptious wine options and artisan doughnuts. The Lake Forest eatery is open for indoor dining, carryout and curbside pickup. Pies on this holiday have a special offer at $9.99.

Half Day Brewing Co. in Lincolnshire


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The Lincolnshire pizza, brew and other fare establishment creates artistic beers and has a menu that features have oven hand-tossed produces 12 different brews and also crafts their sodas. The menu also serves an array of wood-fired pizza that includes sausage, BBQ chicken, pepperoni & four cheese, Hawaiian, Half Day, shrimp & artichoke, cheesy, Margherita, sundried tomato pepper, white and truffle. Half Day Brewing Co. is open for 25% indoor dining, carry out, curbside and by an open fire for alfresco dining on their patio.

Mambo Italiano in Mundelein


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For a decade and a half, Mambo Italiano Ristorante has been keeping Italian tradition alive for the generations to come by specializing in traditional styles of Italian Cuisine. Weekly, features highlight new menu renditions developed by the Cardone family. Every meal is prepared with care and the freshest ingredients. Mambo Italiano has been featured on Check Please!, and has been voted the Best Italian Restaurant in Mundelein, Vernon Hills and Libertyville by Open Table diners. The Mundelein eatery has unique pizzas including the fried panzerotti (a pizza puff), baked calzone (pizza puff), the Mambo Special (mushrooms, green peppers, onions and sausage), pizza all Margherita and Sal’s Special (garlic butter crust with tomatoes, onions, garlic and spinach or your choice of four veggies). Mambo is open for dine in, carryout and delivery.

Quonset Pizza in Waukegan


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The vintage Waukegan pizzeria serves thin-crust pies, toasted subs and Chicago-style Italian beef. The facility is structured like a Quonset hut that was utilized by the United States Navy in the 1940s. The Lake County staple has been locally-owned and operating since 1946. Quonset offers toppings like classic cheese, sausage, Italian beef, bacon, black olives, mushrooms, green peppers, pineapple, chicken feta spinach, BLT and gluten-free. The Waukegan eatery is open for dine-in services, delivery and carryout.

Scotty’s on Sheridan in Highwood

Located across from historic Fort Sheridan, Scotty’s on Sheridan is a favorite neighborhood dining spot offering something delicious for everyone — from timeless comfort food to new American classics. The American cuisine eatery’s menu also features salads, thin-crust pizza, seafood, a gluten-free menu, burgers, soups and other delectable fares. Scotty’s has your standard Margherita pizza but also has fresh takes with their sausage & giardiniera and white pizza with goat cheese and greens. Scotty’s is open for indoor dining, carryout and alfresco dining in the dome.

Salutos Pizza & Pasta in Gurnee


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This family pizza favorite has been in the Gurnee community since 1990. The claim to fame of Saluto’s is in pizza and pasta, but also has delectable fare like artichoke heart fondue, toasted ravioli salads (that include dressing with their renowned secret recipe) and more. Salutos is open for 25% dine in and carryout currently.

Slyce Coal Fired Pizza in Wauconda and Highwood and Vernon Hills

Dedicated to the art of making hand-crafted artisan coal-fired pizza, this Wauconda eatery has a menu that allows them to garner special attention to every ingredient in the building. With locally-sourced produce and dairy and the freshest quality ingredients, the pizzerias make the perfectly balanced pie. The Slyce menu also features salads, sandwiches, tiramisu, gelato and cannoli. Wauconda and Highwood are open for indoor dining while Highwood is open for pickup and delivery.

Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville

The oldest brewpub in Illinois still stands in Lake County. This MainStreet Libertyville provides an array of pizza flavors like Hawaiian, Margherita, Mac N’ Cheese N’ Bacon, Vegetarian, BBQ Chicken and many more delectable pies. Mickey Finn’s is currently closed till Thursday, February 11, and will reopen for carryout, indoor and alfresco dining on their patio under the heat lamps.

The Lodge of Antioch

This American bar and restaurant serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Northwoods pub & eatery offers your favorite pies plus salads, seafood, sandwich, pasta, ribs, tacos and much more. The Antioch eatery offers unrivaled homemade pies including the Soprano Pizza (garlic crust, Chicago-styled Italian beef and giardiniera), Chain O’Lakes Pizza (BBQ sauce, cheese, bacon, topped with a fresh burger, onion rings and crumbled bleu cheese), BLT Pizza, buffalo chicken pizza, Irish Pizza (topped with corned beef, thousand islands, cheese blend, sauerkraut and Irish dust) and chicken bacon ranch pizza. The Lodge of Antioch is open for indoor dining and carryout.

Route 41 Roadhouse in Wadsworth

Based in Wadsworth, Route 41 Roadhouse takes great pride in being a family-owned and family-focused restaurant offering a casual dining and bar experience. The toppings Route 41 offers includes pepperoni, sausage, bacon, ham, grilled chicken, ground beef, mushrooms, onions, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes jalapenos or green lives. Newly-remodeled and under new ownership, Route 41 is excited to serve the fantastic people of Wadsworth and the surrounding communities. Route 41 Roadhouse is open for carryout and delivery currently.

Other Lake County Restaurant Rally Pizza Places


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Double Decker pizza with spinach, yum! 😋 What are YOUR favorite toppings? 🍕

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For more information on take out restaurants, click here. To learn more about Lake County pizza places this National Pizza Day, continue here. For past Tasty Tuesdays, click here.

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