Pizza Playoffs: Who's the Best In Oak Lawn?

Patch is running a Best Pizza contest in the Southland, and Oak Lawn-Evergreen Park will face off against seven other area winners. But first, it's up to you to pick our best representative, preferably one from Oak Lawn.

So what if the Bears aren’t playing in the big game this Sunday, at least

In honor of that-which-we-may-not-call-by-its-legally-trademarked-name, Patch is holding its own championship. We’re talking pizza here, and no one knows Oak Lawn’s pizza places better than our loyal readers.

In the next few days we’ll be pitting the best locally owned pizzerias against each other and Evergreen Park’s. And surely Oak Lawn’s pie can beat those wimpy pizzerias east of Pulaski Road to move on to the next round.

By locally owned, we mean our village’s independent, mom-and-pop owned, toss-the-dough-up-in-the-air kind of places. No franchises please.

Here’s how it works:

  • Nominate your favorite pizza place in the comments or on the Oak Lawn Patch Facebook page.
  • ONE winner will emerge from the Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park contenders so get ready to vote, vote, vote and I’ve seen the comments on this site. I know you’re up to it.
  • The winner from our bracket will go on to compete against seven other winners from Palos, Orland, New Lenox, Tinley Park-Oak Forest, Frankfort-Mokena, Homewood-Flossmoor and Chicago Heights-Olympia Fields.
  • Voting takes place from Feb. 2 until midnight Feb. 5.

In the meantime, read what you had to say about who makes the best pie in Oak Lawn:

So nominate your best locally owned pizza joint here on and on the Oak Lawn Patch Facebook page. Bragging rights—as well as contributing to our local tax base—are at stake here.

Rob hall February 02, 2012 at 06:23 AM
Beggars has been my fav ever since they opened on 127th n western. But id have to say Grassanos is # 2 on my list sorry Gino
Nicole Doyle February 02, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Grassanos is the best and the people that work there are are just as great!!!
Regina Conti February 02, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Grassanos pizza is absolutely yummy!!!
DLC DAVE February 02, 2012 at 01:39 PM
something funny here all of a sudden a lot of Grassanos people ringing in ,looks like the fix is in .
suzanne February 02, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Valerie February 02, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Grassano's on 87th street!!! Can't beat the prices, atmosphere, and That sweet sauce!! Yum!!!
Joyce P February 02, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Grassanos is a small family owned business and you have to try their pizza . It is the best I ever had. j Piet
DLC DAVE February 02, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Kris Mazeika February 02, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Grassano's for sure but not too sure about the hot pizza drivers.
OL Resident February 02, 2012 at 04:30 PM
WOW! Pizza Roma thin crust. I remember. Knies? I think thats the spelling. Dude you are sooo showing your age. Thanks for the reminder
OL Resident February 02, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Tafde's... The family fave. I thought it was soo cool to go into a bar underage and pick up a pizza from the back window...I felt so grown up. Things were different back then. Sometimes if the order wasnt ready the bartender would give me a free coke and I would wait on the bar stool. If there was a Hawks game on I would have thought I was in Heaven. Meanwhile dad was waiting in the car wondering what was I doing inside with his $10.
JILL February 02, 2012 at 04:57 PM
gimme a G, gimmie an R, gimmie an A, gimmie an S, gimmie an S, gimmie an A, gimmie an N, gimmie an O, gimmie an S .....GRASSANO'S GRASSANO'S GRASSANO'S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH GRASSANO'S IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!
DLC DAVE February 02, 2012 at 05:02 PM
the real truth is the best pizza in the area is Fasanos on roberts rd in Bridgeview no brag just fact.
Tom February 02, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I'm a big fan of Grassano's. I've been going there for years. The atmosphere can't be beat. Did I foget to mention their amazing prices?
JILL February 02, 2012 at 06:29 PM
DLC DAVE February 02, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I am betting Giants win super bowl and Jil either works at or has a part ownership in Grassanos lol
DLC DAVE February 02, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I am surprised there are no pizza ads on here yet lol
JILL February 02, 2012 at 06:49 PM
nope and nope and i'm betting giants too
Oak Lawn Gal February 02, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Nuts I found the actual poll and then lost the link again :( I'm betting the Giants will win too.
Holly February 03, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Grassanos is the best, great pizza and friendly staff!!!!
A Wyatt February 03, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Grassano's :)
Oak Lawn Gal February 03, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Looks like the fix is in :) --- Durbin;s is in the lead. Durbin's pizza better than Palermo's, Grassano's or Phil's? I don't think so lol. http://oaklawn.patch.com/articles/vote-the-most-loved-pizza-in-evergreen-park-and-oak-lawn
Ann Rausch February 03, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Hands down Phil' has it over all the rest . You get what you pay for. It is truely the best all round...no one does it better!
Ann Rausch February 03, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Phil's is definitely number ONE - Palermos is Second but Phil"s is better
Heather D February 04, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Linda Stearns February 06, 2012 at 03:50 PM
We love Grassanos pizza.
I know my Pizza December 13, 2012 at 06:39 PM
SORRY, But Grassano's is really nothing more than a step above Little Ceasar's.
Meg December 20, 2012 at 06:35 PM
ORLANDO'S!!! Best thin crust pie and broasted chicken to die for!
John Wakerly March 08, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Hey, thanks for the compliment! I worked there as a pizzamaker for a couple years, 1964-66, and on college vacations and holidays as an occasional delivery guy until 1969. The owner, Mike Fiorino, was a wonderful guy and taught me a lot. Here's a picture of Mike from 1999: http://www.wakerly.org/fiorino/photo010.html .
Kathy (Fiorino)Kordyak-Gallagher March 31, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Pizza Roma was my life...so many memories! As Mike's daughter and former owner of this Pizza Place (1980-83) I thank everyone for their patronage. @ John Wakerly, you were the best!!! Thanks for sharing that great photo. :)


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