LOGAN SQUARE — A new pizza spot from Heisler Hospitality, the restaurant/bar group behind Sportsman’s Club and Pub Royale, has officially joined the neighborhood.
Pizza Lobo at 3000 W. Fullerton Ave., offering a huge, 4,000-square-foot patio, opened for carryout and delivery last week and on Wednesday opened for patio service. The restaurant replaced Big & Little’s.
On the menu is an array of 16-inch speciality pies ($21-28) like the “Amatrice Yo’Self,” which is topped with red sauce, roasted tomato, calabrian chile, garlic, pancetta and pecorino, as well as build-your-own pies that come in 10-inch ($9) or 16-inch ($18) sizes.
The menu also includes starters like fried cauliflower with gremolata, calabrian chile honey and fennel pollen aioli ($9) and duck fat confit wings served tossed in house buffalo sauce and served with blue cheese dressing ($10).
To drink, there’s cocktails, natural wine and craft beer, including 32-oz. take-home growlers. The Pizza Lobo crew is donating $1 from each draft cocktail sold to a different community organization beginning in September, the first organization being Grocery Run Club.
Pizza Lobo is new, but the concept is not. The Heisler crew was slinging pies with New York-style crust under the Pizza Lobo name out of its bar Lone Wolf, 806 W. Randolph St., for a couple of years before opening a standalone restaurant.
The hospitality group took over the Logan Square site earlier this summer, but plans for the new pizza restaurant were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Before Pizza Lobo, the site was home to Big & Little’s, which specialized in tacos, burgers and po’boy sandwiches. The restaurant closed after less than two years. The owner previously said they sold the restaurant after getting an offer “we couldn’t refuse.”
Pizza Lobo is now open seven days a week, 4-10 p.m. Monday – Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. To place an order, visit the restaurant’s website. Patio seating is currently first come, first served with reservations to come.
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