It's deja vu: West Loop's Tomato Head is an almost exact replica of its older Lincoln Park counterpart. Says owner and pizza-connoisseur John Karabas, "Why mess with what works?"
And Tomato Head definitely works. With an astonishingly perfect crust and more than enough fresh tomato sauce, I found my favorite Lincoln Park pizza made just the same way downtown. Though the patrons have changed from DePaul students to Harpo Studios employees, Tomato Head's selection of sandwiches, salads and crispy pizza have stayed the same. The key, says John, is consistency.
With years of Tomato Head dining under my belt, I can vouch for the fact that the pizza is consistently great...and still is when reheated the next day. Order a large in hopes that they'll be leftovers, because once you've had it, you'll wake up with a mean hankering for a slice. Large pizzas range from $11 for the cheese (don't brush it off: John says it's the best way to tell if a pizza place really has it) to $21 for the "Belt Buster" with sausage, pepperoni, mushroom, green pepper, onion and black olives.
The most popular pie, says John, is the BBQ Chicken Pizza, a $15.95 large grilled chicken and red onion pizza decked out in saucy goodness. Regardless of your pick, Tomato Head is great for a quick lunch with pals or a night on the couch at home, thanks to delivery.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Steph Yiu