Trying to remember the name of a pizza place in Champaign in the early 90's
What was the calzone place on the east edge of Johnstowne Center?*
Is Niro's Gyros still around? That was some good greasy food.*
and then some. Super niros opened in the old dog n suds by mall
the gyro and fries meal is honest to goodness my favorite*
Dude. For real for real*
Hijack - talk of late night pizza places got me thinking - did anyone else enjoy La Bamba sober?
Ate there twice when I was at EIU. Got sick both times. *
About 3 times a month *
Yes. Used to go there for lunch when still open in the loop*
Of course. It was a regular lunch rotation in high school
went there occasionally in HS for lunch
All the damn time!*
I had it for dinner occasionally.
Yes. Used to do my laundry next door and would get one while waiting. *
Still gets a super steak with everything + sour cream on his way out of town ~~>
get a strip of the nacho cheese its a game changer
That sounds so good right now.*
Yeah I'd crush that*
Man those chicken tenders. *
Wasn't that Geovanti's?*
correct...giovannis was in old farm shops before prime time
Shit. Yes. Got them confused.
hold on one damn minute that sounds correct.
on campus in the 2000s. pizza was indeed delicious.*
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It's not on there but thank you for your googling efforts *
You just can't get more Italian-sounding than that.*
It's why they closed. Shoulda gone Locanda del Villagio.*
More proof of childhood imprinted tastes in this thread.
Yep. The other one around Peoria is Davis Brothers.
Peoria pizza works was by far the best pizza in ptown growing up..*
Not sure what Pizza World we are talking here but I rememeber them as the main cheap delivery place
except everyone has heard of Pizza World*
There was only really one in C-U
ditto, just east of campus in the middle of a n urbana neighborhood
is that the place that had the super cheap calzones?*
Yes, and they were sofa king good*
that was my guess. I used the more familiar name *
the other place I liked was Prime Time
STOP TALKING ABOUT YOUR FAVORITES IN THE 2000'S AND HELP ME FIGURE THIS OUT*
I'm generating content and clicks, back off *
can i talk about the 2010's?*
Their calzones were so good*
The delivery guys were always older gentlemen who were dressed nicely.
i still have dreams about that place*
Dom's or Noble Roman's?*
since this is just a list of CU Pizza Places now. *pours one out for Bonnie Jeans*
Nothing comes close to their calzone.*
So amazeballs. Their pizza was great, too, but I probably ordered 4x more calzones.*
I seem to remember Trito's and Treno's, both in Urbana early 80s*
No C-U pizza list would be complete without the legendary run of Garcia's*
Don't forget Willie's Thick N Cheesy (above Illini Inn and in Champaign)*
*pours one out for Antonio's**
Antonio's magically reappeared like 2 years ago. Is it gone again?*
yeah. I remember some twitter news on it a few weeks (months) ago*
I ate many a calzone from there.
it took a couple years for me to realize you could order a full pizza
I don't think I ever ordered anything but calzones there. It was a new/novelty thing IIRC.
MONICALS is so ####ing great. Shut up, krush*
In all my visits to C-U i still have never had Monical's*
You haven't missed anything, it sucks. *
it has its moments, but this is false*
if they charged half price it would be fine.
get a squirt bottle of french sauce and one could cram down about 75 square of the stuff.
i ate a large sausage mushroom pizza, with dressing, while driving home from Manteno.
I add some ranch as well. 75 squares = $500*
I understand the price argument, but Central Illinoisians
This. So much this*
my other complaint was that in my home town there were 2-3 pizza places
I'd take Casey's over Monicals*
taco pizza pro tip: Ask for the doritos "on the side" so they don't get soggy. Then apply at home*
I think the lettuce needs to be on the side
Casey's pizza is damn good. Better then Monicals, Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, Lil Ceasars, etc. *
look guys, I'm all for Casey's. But let's not get silly.*
I'm not going to elevate it to haute cuisine...
I'll always associate Casey's with the greatest Gatorade flavor of all time:
three winners right there*
oh god we're not talking Monicals are we? *
No. Obscure place. Off campus (north end of Urbana, maybe?).
Bland and overpriced*
Pagliai's? Although it was in Urbana*
Tell me more (although when I hear that name I think of the famous pizza place in Cape Girardeau MO)
I may have to get Pags tonight for supper. *
missed the Italian-sounding qualifier. oh well *
I could really go for some Pokey Stix right about now*
While I did love the Home Of Mold and ordered 2 pizzas for $5 approximately 75 times
Onions are free? Yeah, put onions on it. *drunken hiccup**
Also....free peppers and "barbecue" sauce...*
Yessssssssssss.... I always did free peppers and onions. More food for the $$$$ and I was broke
I did the 'seems like a good idea (hiccup)' BBQ sauce a few times. *
*walks up and down the Forbes 2 South hallway at 1:00 am looking for open doors* "split a Grogs?" *
EXACTLY!* How did that place fail? (I assumed it failed)
Sounds like the Bub's of my generation*
Grog's was early 90s. Seemed like Gumby's filled that gap in the late 90s.
Drew's Pizza was the $5 pizza in my time
You're off by a couple years...
Ahhh, I didn't discover them until I got there.*
But to your question about 'how did they fail'?
If you wanted thin and greasy 2 for 1 pizza in the late nineties, Bub's was where it was at.
I didn't realize until recently Gumby's pizza existed outside of Central Illinois
Didn't they list all the campuses on the box?*
the gumbys in Columbia mo has some of the highest quality pokey sticks. Shames the cu location*
No waaaay. The two times I've had it from there it was perfection. But it was afternoon and not
I've had it a few times - but always at night. Seemed to be missing the "crack" they put in the CU
I used to get it in Madison 10 years ago give or take when visiting my buddy who lives there.
*never heard of it*... so probably failed. Giovanti's is done too right?
Giovanti's, home to the best chicken fingers in history*
Isn't that a Chicago deep dish place? This wasn't deep dish pizza. *
Their signature is stuffed pizza, but they have thin crust, too. *
Just googled it - looks like they cut their thin crust into squares
there was one on campus, in 1987 at least..right on Green, I believe*
IIRC, in Johnstown Center. *
They were in C-U in the 80s when I was there
Two kinds of thin crust. Your basic Chicago thin, and a crispy extra thin. *
Haven't heard that name in a while*
Loved that place. Pizza there was awesome. Still have a glass or two packed away. *
Probably my favorite C-U pizza ever*
Yep, it was awesome. They'd make me a meatball pizza. It was glorious.*