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Dimo’s, a pizza experience

Jon-Paul Kreatsoulas

November 14, 2012

After a rough week of school and work-related projects piling up, all students want to do is make it to the weekend and blow off some steam with pals.  One might decide to go bar hopping to the same places they’ve been a dozen times before, but  not everyone is bold  enough to admit the desire for a change of scenery without giving up the idea of alcohol consumption. Readers are probably getting hungry at this point too, and McDonald's dollar menu doesn't offer favorite beers, let alone any beer at all. If one happens to be stumbling through the heart of Wrigleyville, they should keep their eyes open for Dimo's. Formerly known as Ian's until recently, Dimo's (3463 N. Clark) specializes in the art of constructing bizarre pizza creations, either by the slice or by the pie.  An added bonus to Dimo’s that may suit some (if not all), is the accommodation of a BYOB setting. The pizza creators at Dimo's are not shy when it comes to versatility on their work table. After one enters and stands behind the glass in amazement, their eyes feast upon the feast at hand and they’ll have difficulty choosing between a slice of macaroni and cheese pizza or a s'mores slice, covered in melted marshmallows and lightly drizzled with chocolate syrup. If they don't have much of a sweet tooth and can do without noodles on their pizza crust, there is the Philly cheese steak slice, the B.B.Q. chicken, various vegetable arrangements and Dimo's even offers vegan friendly slices. Though these are only a few of the specialty slices offered in addition to the traditional plain cheese, pepperoni and sausage toppings, Dimo's is famous for their weekly extra-specialty themed slices. Just recently, their arsenal of edibles has consisted of an Oktoberfest themed slice, a Derrick Roast Beef slice and a Smashing Pumpkin Pie slice. The staff at Dimo's is fun and welcoming, and guessing by the choice of music coming out of their sound system, mix CD's and playlists are an important element to the atmosphere. Though tiny, Dimo's offers group seating to accommodate hoards of (casual) drunkards to sit and enjoy their steaming slices, but the possibility of waiting in line, outside of the restaurant even, is quite fathomable. Any slice of Dimo's pizza will cost you about $3.75, but be sure to snag a punch card that entitles customers to a free slice once they've purchased ten of them. Dimo's is a great place to hibernate for an hour or so once coming out of a buzzed state of mind, or just an awesome pick on any night of the week. It's the kind of place that houses the romantic pizza eaters who enjoy the company of a bottle of wine, the loud pack that huddles over a 24 pack, or the most dedicated elite of pizza aficionados....

Fresh, Hot, and Just Down the Block

Grace Caruvana, Staff Writer

September 19, 2012

    Pizza is the stereotypical staple of a college student’s diet. Why this is true is uncertain, but it is certainly convenient that near most colleges there are at least a few big name and mom-n-pop pizza parlors that deliver to the campus. Safe to say, the same is true for Northeastern Illinois University’s (NEIU) main campus, despite it being a commuter school. There are so many pizza parlors to choose from that it all comes down to three things when selecting a place to order from: Location - how far from campus is it and is it worth paying extra for de- livery if the store is within walking distance; What is the price of the pizza in relation to the quality - are you getting your money’s worth; and finally, variety - because more topping options are always better. Several different pizza parlors were considered, and a local shop on Bryn Mawr was found to be most satisfactory in each category. Sergio’s Taqueria and Pizza at 3253 W. Bryn Mawr, is the closest to the NEIU main campus at less than one mile away (0.4), compared to Pizza Hut (1 mile), Domino’s (1.1 miles), Sarpino’s (1.2 miles) and Little Cae- sar’s Pizza (1.9 miles). Open all week long from early morning till late at night (the aver- age time being 10 a.m. till 11 p.m.), Sergio’s is ideal for the college student’s erratic schedule. Sergio’s al- lows for both carry-out orders as well as dine in, and for those who wish not to leave the relative com- fort of campus, delivery. A medium 14” thin crust cheese pizza is only $9.99 (before tax), which is a fair price for what is considered a large at most other big name pizza vendors. If dining in, pizza can be purchased by the slice and the slice given is larger than average, making it well worth the money. When it comes to variety in a menu, no other pizza parlor can touch Sergio’s. Not only is the menu diverse in the types of pizza and toppings, but the food selection in general crosses borders and an entire ocean give you not only a taste of the Americanized Italian cuisine but also a heaping helping of some- thing south of the border. Sergio’s also offers a few “special” north of the boarder items, making it well worth the money and time spent to walk over and have a fulfilling meal in a decent-sized gap between classes....

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