New York transplants, rejoice. Tasty thin crust pizza does exist within the deep dish that is Chicago. Santullo's serves the foldable goodness by the slice in cheese, sausage and pepperoni varieties for just $3.25 (cheaper than that last beer you wisely didn't order). Groups can opt for the extra-large thin crust pizza; at $17.50, you'll get your fill for less. Customize with portabella mushrooms, goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, fresh basil, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers and more.
If you're looking to head even farther east, it's simple to cross the Atlantic, thanks to European-style eats like the Caprese salad (tomato, mozzarella and basil topped with olive oil and pesto) and a range of meat and cheese-filled Italian sandwiches that top out at $5.25. Homemade tiramisu, sorbet and gelato provide a sweet finish. While its late hours and affordable prices make it a smart post-bar stop, Budweiser and Bud Light on draft and Sierra Nevada and Moosehead bottles make it easy to kick the evening off right. Delivery available.
Be sure to get happy off this happy hour: Munch on $2 slices from 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Kate Schwartz