Bill’s Original Tavern Pizza is opening Friday, October 30 and will dish out Chicago Tavern-style pizza for carryout and delivery in downtown Chicago. Bill’s features a menu of appetizers like Parmesan French fries with garlic aioli, fresh salads, a variety of classic and modern thin crust pizzas, Italian-style sandwiches and desserts. Named for RPM Restaurant’s partner and native Chicagoan, Bill Rancic, the inspiration for the pizzeria came from two RPM partners, Bill Rancic and Kelly Clancy, who both grew up on the south side of Chicago, where classic Tavern-style pizza was a big part of both of their childhoods.
“Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, my family would order Tavern-style pizza every Friday night from iconic South Side pizzerias like Fox’s and Aurelio’s,” says Bill Rancic. “To be able to open up a Tavern-style pizza place is exciting because I get to share something that was such a big part of my childhood with everyone.”
“My dad has owned a pizzeria for the last 25 years located on the south side of Chicago at 115th and Pulaski,” says Kelly Clancy, Partner, RPM Restaurants. “I grew up working there and at the beginning of this project, the first stop for Chef Sam and I was to my family’s pizzeria.”
Chef Sam Dickstein (Pizzeria Portofino) and his culinary team rolls the dough which creates a crispy, thin crust pie that is then cut into squares. Available in three sizes including 10 inch, 12 inch and 14 inch, Bill’s signature pizzas include classic pies like the Meatball & Giardiniera made with prime beef meatballs, Italian Sausage made with fennel, Lugano Mozzarella, oregano and Romano cheese, Bill’s Original Cheese and modern creations like Buffalo Chicken with shaved celery and a choice of ranch or blue cheese for dipping or BBQ Chicken topped with Kansas City BBQ sauce, caramelized onions and bacon. Guests can also make-their-own pizza with a choice of more than a dozen toppings.
Bill’s also offers a Pizza Party family meal for four which includes Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread, Bill’s Original Cheese Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza and Chocolate Chip Cookies for $65, plus tax. Order the Pizza Party family meal for four on Tock.
In addition to the pizza, order up two-handed Italian-style sandwiches like the Italian Beef which is slow roasted and thinly sliced on a Turano Roll and finished with Natural Beef Jus, Prime Beef Meatball Sandwich and the Chicken Parmesan Sandwich.
Trust us, don’t forget to order dessert! Bill’s features housemade desserts including Italian Lemon Ice and Hand-dipped Chocolate Cannolis made by RPM Seafood’s Pastry Chef Andrea Cote. Local beers and Housemade Tavern To-Go cocktails created by RPM Restaurants’ Beverage Director, Ben Schiller are also available to add on to your order. To-go cocktails include a Burnt Paloma with mezcal, grapefruit and lime, a Black Manhattan with bourbon, averna, Angostura Bitters, and more.
Bill’s Original Tavern Pizza is a carryout and delivery only pizzeria and is open Monday – Sunday from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The delivery radius is 5 miles from 317 N. Clark St. in downtown Chicago. For more information and to view the menu, visit us at billsoriginaltavernpizza.com or follow us on Instagram or Facebook. To place your order call 312-847-8412 or order carryout via Tock or delivery via Doordash.