Roots Handmade Pizza - Chicago Ave.

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Authentic Quad Cities-style pizza. Known for the sweet malt crust, scissor strip cuts, and fresh ingredients, Roots has been pleasing West Town since 2010. Oh and don't forget about the famous mozzarella sticks, incredible salads, or those chef series pizzas.

Pain-stakingly crafted comfort food made with fresh, local ingredients. House-made Root beer and tons of fun for the kids. A Midwest-only beer list and late-night hours for the night owls.

So come on in. Bring the kids. It’s a new Chicago tradition, and it’s damn good.
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J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food quality is good. Really recommend the popcorn chicken. The taco pizza is good, however if you’re looking for a taco pizza like you would get at Happy Joe’s or Casey’s in Iowa, this is not the same. Also, make sure to ask for a regular triangle cut pizza if you get the taco pizza; strip cut taco pizza is not easy to eat

GR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great lunch and enjoyed the food.

a
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Get the bangers and lace pizza!

TC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pizza was great! Great place that has options for vegans. Server was really nice. Attentive but not pushy. Honey lemon dressing for salad is delicious!

A
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Food wasn’t good at all, we drove by a few weeks ago and thought it looked cute and left disappointed

SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great for all ages. Nice when the weather is nice and they can open the large windows!

C
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pizza and mozzarella sticks! Awesome selection of craft beers! Great service!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Restaurant was busy.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great pizza and absolute best moz sticks I’ve ever had in my life!

KS
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Roots is always delicious, fun and fast service. Every time we are in the city we try to make it over and grab a booth to enjoy some drinks, the great pizza and whatever game is going on.

ML
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Seated promptly with reservation. Service was excellent.

JB
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We loved the big booths at Roots; perfect for our party of 6. The food was amazing. Definitely has a bit of a sports bar vibe, but the food was definitely worth the trip.

a
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous pizza

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

the food was fine, the beer choices great, the music in the background was so loud we couldn't hear each other...that put a damper on things for us....

OT
Chicago
370 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great for kids!! Very salty chicken and veggie noodle soup, good fries and wine and the pizza is good too!

GR
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, waitress Erika was incredibly helpful

DP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love Roots Pizza - everything on the menu is delish!

BS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roots never disappoints. The pizza is amazing, with so many different topping options to be as basic or as funky as you want. But the best part about this place is that while it's a pizza place the rest of the menu is great. The appetizers are unreal (can't go wrong with the garlic monkey bread or homemade mozzarella sticks) and the build your own salad option is great if you're looking for something lighter or to share as a table. There is a bar in the center, but it's absolutely a kid friendly restaurant. I've also been in the past where they do a nice job accommodating for a large group.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Marathon celebration

SM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Roots is know for drawing crowds of people who come in search of pizza. The pizza is very good (must order something with their sausage on it), but I've recently been coming to Roots for their build-a-salad. Unbelievable list of ingredients, huge portion, loaded with stuff, incredibly fresh - I would eat a salad here every day. HIGHLY recommend.

JF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the most family friendly places in the neighborhood

B
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the hummus and Korean pizza. Been there 3 times and that is all we have had!

CO
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation for 8 people thru open table. I had never been there before but was going on a friend's recommendation. I'm very happy I took her advice! upon arriving a table had already been put aside with my name on it. Our server was attentive and helpful. I was there with a group from an organization I'm involved in and don't everyone well so when they asked for separate checks, as a former server, I cringed a little. anyway, our server didn't blink an eye and said "absolutely!" (not advocating others do this. just saying I'm used to more attitude around a request like this. lol). the food was so good and reasonably priced. didn't have a cocktail but those who did said they were delicious! will definitely return.

CM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious pizza with a great tasting crust plus a nice salad with wonderful fresh mozzarella. The only drawback, getting there from downtown in rush hour traffic.

MP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant with a wide variety on the menu. Would definitely return as there was too much on the menu to order at one sitting. Root beer was delicious with lunch. The seating meaning the booths are comfortable...very generous in size which is great for a group.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Sever great , lack of management to keep servers operating at top speed. Speed noticeable decreased as management cut staff and offered no help to maintain speeds. Need plan and clearly, line out expectation, during different days of week using weekly, daily and hourly statistics analysis.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service

a
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Just ok pizza. Nothing special

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Very very very slow service. 2.5 hours for dinner. Way too long for a kid-friendly restaurant.

LH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love going to Roots! Hands down my favorite pizza, even if you only get cheese! The crust is THE BEST!!!!!!!

JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite go-tos for pizza & wings. Also love the tap beer selection.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service!

OT
Chicago
370 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Met some friends here from out of town for the outdoor dining and relaxed vibe (we have kids) but the service was slow and hey were out of utensils and the food was just ok in my opinion.