Did you know that about 3 billion pizzas are sold in the United States each year? Or that women are twice as likely as men to order vegetarian toppings on their pizza? How about that pizzerias make up about 17 percent of all American restaurants?
Well, for this edition of “Five Great … “ we’re going to focus on just five of those pizzerias. Specifically, five places where you can get great thin-crust pizza. Next week, we’ll tackle five great places where you can get a deep-dish pizza. Now, please know that this is by no means meant to be portrayed as a definitive list. I did consult a number of readers and friends in the area to maintain geographic diversity, but one of the purposes of the ‘Five Great … “ series is to get readers to share some of their favorites and perhaps inspire all of us to try something new. So let the pizza wars begin!
* Aurelio's: The thin-crust pizza at this spot arrives weighed down with a heavy amount of toppings and cheese. Has more than 40 locations, including in Geneva, Naperville, Plainfield, South Elgin and Winfield. True fans know to order their pizza by number.
* Gratto’s: This Italian tapas-style restaurant in downtown Geneva offers brick-oven pizza (only available for takeout) that is similar to the huge foldable slices you’d find in New York City. Located at 207 S. Third St. in Geneva. Also has a location at 433 N. Main in Glen Ellyn.