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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.

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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