Pizza Rock could be the first true dinner hit of the downtown culinary revolution, combining pizzas — a lot of them — with a healthy dose of rock ’n’ roll. It’s a fun room, perfect for that beer-fueled, loud-talking ritual of hanging out. And the pizza array is mind-boggling.
The brick oven-fired Chicago cracker-thin pizza with characteristic crispy char is a hit. The Sam Giancana represents the style particularly well, with the practically paper-thin crust holding up to the robust combo of fennel and Calabrese sausage with provolone and American cheeses. The New York-style pizzas are almost as impressive. With a thicker crust, the eponymous New Yorker is a quality choice, with pepperoni, sausage, sweet ricotta and ample amounts of garlic creating a rich amalgam of flavors and textures. Diners with diverse tastes — or indecisive minds — should consider Pizza Rock’s Romana-style pizzas. Each third of the oblong pizza features a different set of toppings. It’s further evidence that Pizza Rock is trying to be all things to all pizza-lovers — and so far, it’s an admirable effort. – J.B.