So Just How Much Pizza Did Chicago Scarf Down During The World Series?
By Anthony Todd in Food on Nov 14, 2016 7:27PM
Giordano's Celebration Pizza. Photo via Facebook.
By Calley Nelson
Any event that produces what was professed to be the seventh-largest gathering in human history to celebrate has got to have some ancillary effects, right? How about pizza delivery? Can you imagine how much pizza must have been ordered during those final Cubs games?
Well, rather than imagine, we asked some of largest pizza places in Chicago to tell us how much pizza Chicago managed to eat. Four Chicago Pizza joints reported unprecedented, record-breaking sales during the final games of the World Series. We talked to them about the lines, orders and celebration leading up to the Cubs’ big win.
Lou Malnati’s, River North, 439 N Wells St.
Appeal: A tourist and family favorite for deep-dish.
Busiest game: 10/28
Sales: The River North location catered huge orders to downtown Chicago businesses during the parade. One company ordered over $5,000 worth of pizza!
Craziest happening: Lou Malnati’s won a few bets on the cubs winning the World Series: the owner of a Cleveland pizzeria poured sauce on his head after the Indians’ loss and the Archdiocese of Cleveland ordered pizza for more than 100 underserved Chicagoans.
Dimo’s, Lakeview, 3463 N Clark St.
Appeal: Late night vegan or mac & cheese slices.
Busiest game: 10/28 through 10/30
Sales: Over 7,000 slices were sold during the three World Series home games.
Craziest happening: People ordering whole pizzas from the bathroom line outside the restaurant.
Bacci Pizza, Lakeview, 950 W Addison St.
Appeal: Jumbo pepperoni and sausage slices an arm’s length from Wrigley Field.
Busiest games: 10/25 and 11/2.
Sales: Nearly 11,000 slices were served.
Craziest happening: People waited more than 30 minutes for a single slice. One man who patiently waited his turn ordered 16 jumbo slices then dropped them all on the floor.
Giordano’s, Lakeview, 1040 W Belmont Ave.
Appeal: The Chicago Cubs’ team favorite.
Busiest game: 11/2.
Sales: “W” and Cubs-branded pizzas sold out three times, then the Cubs themselves ordered 600 pizzas.
Craziest happening: The staff ended up delivering pizza ordered in the Lakeview neighborhood on foot.