Aurelio’s Pizza is a Chicago institution, a pioneer in its restaurant industry, and a beloved restaurant chain in the Windy City! For one thing, it specializes in the best Chicago-style pizza but in a thin crust; the typical one has a thick crust. For another thing, it’s the oldest Chicago pizza franchise chain with its first franchise granted in 1974.
But why deprive Americans of a beloved Chicago pizzeria? There are more than 40 locations, corporate- and franchise-owned restaurants, in six states including its home state, Illinois. Every Aurelio’s Pizza location, nonetheless, offer great-tasting pizzas and sandwiches.
Below are the latest Aurelio’s Pizza menu prices.
|Italian Beef Sandwich||$8.32|
Top Menu Items
|Thin Crust Cheese Pizza||$5.94|
|Soft Bread Sticks||$4.95|
|French Fry Basket||$3.97|
|French Fries Basket||$4.19|
|Soup of the Day||$4.09|
|Aurelio's Italian Antipasto Salad||$9.73|
|Buffalo Chicken Salad||$12.20|
|Fresh Spinach Salad||$9.87|
|Fresh Spinach Salad with Chicken||$13.47|
|Chicken Field Green Salad||$12.60|
|Chicken Caesar Salad||$12.37|
|Aurelio's Cobb Salad||$12.49|
|Mama Aurelio's Spinach Calabrese Pizza||$13.08|
|Aurelio's Italian Submarine Sandwich||$8.70|
|The Original Aurelio's Italian Submarine Sandwich||$8.66|
|The Original! Aurelio's Italian Submarine Sandwich||$9.37|
|Homemade Meatball Sandwich||$8.32|
|Homemade Italian Sausage Sandwich||$8.03|
|Homemade Italian Sausage||$8.11|
|Italian Combo Sandwich||$8.49|
|Chicken Parmesan Sandwich||$8.71|
|Buffalo Chicken Ranch Sandwich||$8.30|
Thin Crust Pizza
|Cheese Thin Crust Pizza||$5.92|
|Gluten Free Crust Pizza||$8.06|
|24. Spinach Pizza||$6.74|
|25. Taco Pizza||$8.22|
|26. Chicken Pizza||$7.48|
|27. Tomato, Spinach and Mushroom Pizza||$8.20|
|28. Hawaiian Pizza||$7.48|
|Stuffed Cheese Pizza||$15.00|
Mama Aurelio's Calabrese
Thick Crust Pizza
|Thick Crust Cheese Pizza||$6.92|
|Mug Root Beer||$2.32|
The thin crust Chicago-style pizza is a collaborative effort among several people with the Aurelio family being one of them. In 1952, James Aurelio opened The Italian Village, the first pizzeria in Macomb, Illinois. The restaurant soon became a favorite hangout for students at the Western Illinois University who were also instrumental in making the pizza style popular across a wider area.
In 1959, Joe Aurelio, Jr. opened his first Aurelio’s restaurant; he learned the tricks of the trade when he went to work at The Italian Village in the mid-1950s. The first Aurelio’s was a small restaurant with just four tables located on Homewood that, then and now, specialized in the distinctive square-shaped Chicago-style pizza. The Italian Village also became one of the Aurelio’s franchises thus completing the circle, so to speak.
What They’re Famous For
The Aurelio’s chain of pizzerias are known for two offerings – first, the Chicago-style, thin crust pizza; and second, the calabrese, which is also known as calzone. While many Chicago pizzerias offer the classic Chicago deep dish pizza, it has made its mark in the thin-crust version, which is just as delicious as its thick crust counterpart.
But diners who want the traditional stuffed crust and thick crust pizzas can also order them from the Aurelio’s menu. There are also several choices in salads, meatball sandwiches, and Italian beef, among other food items, while the most popular dessert is the warm cookie dessert.
Why Eat Here
If you love pizzas, then Aurelio’s Pizza is always worth the pilgrimage, especially when you’re in Chicago for a visit. Let the locals point the way to the most beloved pizzeria in the Windy City, usually by the number of people lining up at the counter to have their orders cooked. Bring your prodigious appetite, too, because you will find that every whole pizza pies that comes to your table is worth more than a couple of bites.
The pizzas come in several varieties including specialty pizzas, which have been developed by the owners and chefs as the chain’s signature offerings, as well as thin crust, thick crust, and stuffed pizzas. There are even calabrese or calzone crusts, for which the chain has also made a name for itself.
These pizzas are filled with the best possible ingredients from premium meats, such as pork, sausages and chicken, to vegetables like green and red peppers. The cheeses have an ooey-goeey quality to them so every bite has a creamy taste that complements the savory meatiness of the meats and the nearly crunchy texture of the vegetables. The pizzas range in sizes from 6 to 18 inches so there’s always something to satisfy the appetite of small and large groups.
But if you want the true-blue Aurelio’s Pizza experience, you should also add to your order the appetizers, sandwiches and salads. You will definitely love the garlic bread, the perfect blend of doughy, buttery and garlicky goodness.
Most of the restaurants also accept in-house catering jobs. You will enjoy several benefits from doing so, such as the large party room where your guests can party while getting their fill of Aurelio’s pizzas and the satisfactory customer service delivered by the crew. You can also avail of their delivery services when you want the party to be in your home or office, perhaps in the park or beach.
We also like it that the restaurants usually bake larger portions of their favorite menu items for catering services. Your guests don’t have to feel deprived of food since there’s plenty to go around.
The restaurants are also family- and kid-friendly, thanks to their large dining spaces, kids’ meals, and generous portions. These are great places for brining your family and friends, even your business associates, during lunch and dinner, thanks mainly to the filling quality of the food and the casual ambiance. There’s no need to dress up in your Sunday best either because of the casual dress code.
Adults will appreciate that most, if not all, of the Aurelio’s restaurants have a full bar offering a wide range of alcoholic drinks including beer, wines and cocktails. These drinks are definitely great for pairing with the cheesy, meaty pizzas!
To learn more about Aurelio’s Pizza or to find a location near you, visit their website at www.aureliospizza.com.