Restaurant Review: Bonci Pizzeria (Chicago)

by Anthony Losanno
Bonci Chicago

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Bonci Pizzeria is a world-renowned pizza restaurant that has its roots in Rome. It opened its Chicago location in 2017, but I just tried it this weekend. Founded by Gabriele Bonci, the pizzeria has gained a reputation for its delicious pizzas that are made using high-quality ingredients sourced from local farmers.

Anthony’s Take: I love pizza (my husband even more). We’re always looking to try new places and find great pizza. We’re not a fan of Chicago-style pizza, so thinner slices are always our picks. These are thicker than Neapolitan pizza, but still much less of a commitment than deep dish. The Roman-style pizzas are made in pans and cut into squares. Bonci offers a wide variety with tons of delicious flavors and varieties.

Bonci Pizza

What sets Bonci Pizzeria apart is its unique approach to pizza-making, which involves using a thick, airy, and light crust that is baked to perfection. The toppings are equally impressive, with a range of fresh vegetables, meats, and cheeses that are expertly combined to create flavor-packed pies. Whether you are a fan of classic Margherita pizza or prefer something more adventurous, Bonci Pizzeria has something delicious for everyone.

Bonci Store

The shop is small, with all of the kitchen visible and some counters with stools for dining on-site. The front of the store has some t-shirts and hats for sale.

Bonci Slicer

Pizzas are made on site with all of the equipment visible.

Bonci Ovens

Pizza slices are baked and then reheated after ordering.

Bonci Ovens

All toppings are prepared here as well with stoves and deep fryers on site.

Bonci Prep

Pizzas were not being made while we were there, but the setup is ready to go.

How to Bonci

You choose your pizza and tell the servers how big you’d like your pizza. They use scissors to cut slices just the right size.

Bonci Pizza 1

Chicken Roma, Chicken Parm, Meatball Ragu, and Prosciutto Cotto.

Bonci Pizza 2

Pepperoni, Sausage and Mushroom, Smoked Salmon Fior di Latte, and Anchovy Burrata.

Bonci Pizza 3

Burrata Basil and Arugula, Bufala, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes.

Bonci Pizza 4

Margherita, Potato Mozzarella, Lemon Zucchini Ricotta, and Fried Onion Parmigiana.

Bonci Pizza 5

Spicy Eggplant and Mushroom Rosa.

Bonci Pizza 6

We tried the Anchovy Burrata, Burrata Basil, Meatball Ragu, and Fried Onion Parmigiana. All of these were quite tasty. You could tell they were freshly made with quality ingredients.

Bonci Drinks

Bonci sells beverages and also offers complimentary still and sparkling water.

Bonci Flour

Anthony’s Take: Bonci offers a great variety of tasty pizza. With it being only a few blocks from home, we’ll definitely be back to try some of the other varieties.

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