Pizza and hotdogs have captured the imaginations and bellies of Chicagoans for over a half-century. They are the defining foodstuffs on Chicago’s gastronomic scene and animate food preferences and ‘must-try’ conversations among natives, transplants and visitors alike. The Epicurean Circle honors the prominence pizza plays in Chicagoan’s diets today as well as its nutritional indispensability within each of our Columbia educations. To that extent, the Circle has visited 2 top-rated Neapolitan-style pizzerias in its decade-long history with two visits to Spacca Napoli in Ravenswood and one to Lombardi’s in NoLita neighborhood in Manhattan.
Dave Bonomi, and his partner William Carroll opened up Coalfire pizza on W. Grand Ave. in 2007 and a second location on N. Southport in 2015. Their intention was to introduce Chicagoans to their native Connecticut-style thin-crust pies. These pizzas are baked in a 1,500 degree oven fueled by clean burning coal and feature lightly-charred crust and high-end ingredients, including meats from Publican Quality Meats. It’s a style which combines old and new world methods and has garnered dozens of ‘best pizzeria’ accolades from both local and national press.
House Salad (Family Style) & Pizza Selections Include:
Margherita | Funghi | Vodka Meatball | Pepperoni and Whipped Ricotta | Berkshire sausage and Pepperoni | Vegan with Whipped Riccota
Time: 6:30 social hour and 7:30 dinner
Cost: $15.00 for members. Members can bring up to three guests at $15.00 per guest. $30 for non-members per ticket. Price is inclusive of the event menu, tax and gratuity. Cash Bar.