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Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 650
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 10
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1927 W North Ave
phone: (773) 772-4422
8 house taps, 10 guest taps.
Extreme parking enforcement area.
Metered parking on North Ave., permit only on side streets.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 114 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria. Even as a Milwaukeean, I've driven by this place numerous times on trips to Chicago. Every time I've uttered "I'll get there next time". Well, I finally went. Was not disappointed at all.
Started off with a Full Frontal Pale Ale, which was hoppy, delicious, and a beautiful copper color. Even more impressive was the Roland Stout - malty, a bit smokey, and full of chocolate notes. For dessert, the stunning and in/appropriately named Camel Toe Double IPA. An awesome beer that everyone should try, probably on two or three occasions in their lifetime. Pizza was great as well - and I work at a pizza company. White sauce/clams/bacon and a red sauce/pepperoni/basil/mushroom was had. For a town full of great pizza, Piece does not disappoint. If you're looking for deep dish - look elsewhere. Piece specializes in thin crust.
Service was attentive. On a Monday night at 7pm, almost every table was full - just another testament on how busy this place can get.
As for selection, theres plenty of guest taps and other bottles if you don't feel like indulging in any of Piece's offerings. Probably 500 different pizza combinations as well. No problem when it comes to selection.
Pizza was outstanding, beer was cold and delicious. Nuff said.
Value is between $$-$$$. Your pizza can get pretty expensive depending on what you put on it. Obviously.
I'll be back. A growler of Camel Toe IIPA would be perfect for Xmas...
12-13-2011 04:24:20 |
More by Wisconsuds
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Have heard about this place before and my friends wanted to go to watch the Bear’s game last Sunday so I thought what a great opportunity to check the place out.
Walk in just a bit after it opened and it was not very packed (though it did fill up later). The quality is quite nice in my opinion. High ceilings with wooden beams. A nice looking bar, plenty of seating. A very “hip” place if you will.
The service was great. Our waitress was awesome and put up with us for many hours when we were there for the game, and was always nearby.
The selection was decent. They had some house beers on and a few guest beers (both selections were pretty solid). I was very happy to try (over and over again) their collaboration beer with Half Acre that had just been put on tap that day.
The food was great. The chips and guacamole was a bit lackluster (they need better chips) but the pizza was pretty damn good.
The price was average and actually decent for Chicago. I will for sure visit this place in the future.
12-07-2011 02:42:19 |
More by SpdKilz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Walked from GI Clybourn over to this spot.
Upon entering the pub, I get a classy sport bar feel. A hostess seats u to your spot were you will be consuming fine brews.
Flat screen T.Vs are large and numerous throughout the restaurant. There are multiple chalk boards place around the place that state their specials and their awards. It's noisy but rightfully so as many people gather to enjoy their giant pizzas. Tall ceilings work for the loud noise.
This place is pretty damn clean and the quality of the beers was pretty top notch. The servers were dressed casually and had quality information to dish out about the brews that they had on tap.
The service included a knowledgeable staff that was quick with drinks and eager to hook up some samples and glassware.
They had about 6-8 house made brews that ranged from IPA's and Belgians to Stouts and barrel-aged browns.
Didn't try the food this time but the giant, cookie sheet strayed pizzas were smelling this place up mighty fine and from the looks of em, were pretty colorful and tasty looking.
The value was decent at about 5-6 bucks a brew and for the quality I would have paid more.
Overall, pretty impressed with the place and loved the Camel Toe- Egyptian style DIPA. Will certainly be returning upon my next visit to the windy city.
11-28-2011 06:14:02 |
More by ChugginOil
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
Went to Piece on a Saturday afternoon, about 3pm. The place (as expected) was pretty packed. After a 10 minute wait, we were seated at a communal table. The atmosphere was a little chaotic, with the college football season upon us. Pretty sure any establishment serving beer and pizza on a Saturday would have had the same issue.
I liked that they offered sample sizes of their in-house brews. Tried all they had on tap, and all were better than average, with the hefeweizen being exceptionally memorable. They also had a relatively decent selection of guest beers on tap.
Their lunch special is a decent deal, with a personal pizza with three toppings for about 8 bucks. Pizza quality was good, and food service was fairly quick.
Piece would be a decent go-to sports bar if I lived in the area and wanted to hang out and watch a game or five.
10-20-2011 17:27:22 |
More by barczar
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$
Awsome place. I've been going here for the past 4 year and it is always packed. Young yuppy crowd, the majority are there for the great New Haven style pizza, but I think they make great brews too. Love the large pie and growler for $25 on Sundays, perfect for football Sundays. This is a must go for any out of towners who either love pizza or beer or better yet both.... Many flat screens for all sorts of sports. They have kareokee night with live bands. The seating is excellent with a pit area for private parties. I had my rehearsal dinner there and everyone who had not been there loved it. This is by far the best pizza in town, especially for the value. LOVE PIECE!!!
10-17-2011 20:55:10 |
More by hombrepalo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I went there with the GF Friday afternoon around 4:00. Walking in it looks sort of industrial which is pretty neat. The bar is along the right sided when you first walk in and the rest is seating. There is a lot of communal seating in this establishment so if rubbing elbows with people isn't your thing, I suggest you come at an earlier time. Fortunately for us it wasn't crowded.
The service was great and our server new all the questions asked about the guest taps and such, but of course I had two of Piece's offerings. Their Top Heavy Hefe and the Camel DIPA were both very good. The guest taps they did have were nice as well and had a wide variety of styles to keep everyone happy.
The menu was small, but very good. Lacking a little on the apps, but the pizza selections and what you can do to the pizza made up for it. We had the red pizza and it was very thin, but very delicious. The prices were very reasonable for everything as well.
Overall a great experience. I will come back shortly.
10-16-2011 14:30:53 |
More by Treebs
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
The famous Piece! The just won some award for "Number 1 Independent Pizzeria" in America or whatever. Is that why they're mobbed? And I mean mobbed! Saturday evening there, around 6:00pm.
The wife's luck got us parking right by Piece, both amazed at the comings and goings around North Avenue. Lotta buzz! Bucktown/Wicker Park- a 'hood I ought to explore. 30-minute wait, then some more but we get in, the place is crowded and extremely loud and/or "lively". It looks like everyone and their grandma has come to Piece!
But... service is outrageous. And I mean outrageous. Despite the craziness, we got a server right away and he took care of us. It was a bit like being at Per Se in NYC or one of those exceptional fine-dining restos. You're thinking of having something and the guy materializes himself in front of you with what you were thinking/expecting. Fucked-up good!
The whole thing reminded me of the Dogfish brewpub in Delaware- a loud, crowded joint, three-people-deep at the bar, boisterousness all around. Only here service is WOW and tables are shared, which I like.
8 house brews on tap plus a bunch of guests, including a Bell's sour, New Belgium Grand Cru, Sierra Life&Limb, FFF Alpha King, Half Acre and more. Their house brews were alright good but not amazing. The 10% Anniversary Ale tasted like a Euro Strong Lager, all booze and no subtlety. Fornicator Dopplebock was blah... another lager/ale with lots of alcohol but no complexity (surprisingly, the wife liked it).
Dysfunctional IPA was the winner, a very solid pale ale. I'm giving quality relatively low marks because of my disappointment with the brews, but other than that, they are fresh and varied.
Pizza is a lil' pricey and the ingredients are a tad boring (no gourmet toppings here) BUT OH MY GOD. Best pizza ever! This coming from a New Yorker talking about pizza in Chicago! It is true. Unfreakinbelievably good.
I will make Piece a priority destination next time I'm in Chicago.
10-05-2011 17:27:00 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
9th stop on a recent trip to Chicago with my girlfriend.
VIBE: massive "open air" interior has a sizable bar with several flat screens and various dining areas dispersed throughout the restaurant. Two-seater tables off to the left, some communal tables and stools in the middle, and large booths toward the front. Windows were open on our visit, which we enjoyed. Downmarket atmosphere has a sports bar feel to it. Pretty cool vibe.
SERVICE: initially we were seated in the two-person tables section, but it was quite cramped and we could hear everything that the patrons beside us were saying, so the waitress agreed to move us. She was very graceful about it even though we moved to another server's area. The male waiter wasn't nearly as friendly but he provided timely service and decent recos.
SELECTION: I ordered the Dysfunctionale IPA and Flat Iron Stout and the lady scored a wine of her liking. The Stout was too malt-forward for my tastes; however, the IPA was one of the best that I've sampled in a while. House taps span a wide range of styles (Belgian Single, Kolsch, Rye Beer, DIPA) and the guest draughts come from top-notch breweries such as 3Floyds, Bell's, Half Acre, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium. Although the bottle list is lacking for Chicago, it still includes a few gems like Saxo and Bahnhof Berliner Weisse.
FOOD: we went with a custom pizza (pepperoni, Italian sausage, tomato, spinach, onions) that was absolutely sumptuous. The "large" can feed 4 people and, at $13, it's dirt cheap. Also had a fresh mixed green salad to start. We couldn't have been happier with our dinner.
OVERALL: Piece is exactly the type of place that my girl and I would regularly visit if we lived in Chi-Town. They're doing the "beer & pizza" thing really well. A choice destination for its award-winning craft brews and flavourful, unpretentious cuisine.
09-10-2011 21:47:55 |
More by cratez
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Ate here for the second time with A, S, and ratatat on 11 Jul 2011 on our Epic Beer Tour of WI and IL 2011.
We arrived early evening, ~1800. It was fairly crowded, mostly due to a Boston University alumni event. Quite loud, it was difficult to hold a conversation at our table.
We ordered the large pizza. It was huge, enough for probably 6 people. Chicken, fresh tomatoes and onions on red sauce. Pretty good pizza but the fresh tomatoes seemed slightly redundant (not my choice, I was outvoted). Overall the beers were tasty and well made. Service was not bad considering the crowd.
It seemed to be the place to meet in the neighborhood. My only complaint was the noise, but I like it on the quiet side.
09-06-2011 02:03:35 |
More by htomsirveaux
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is my kind of place! "aww the staff has tattoo and is kind of rude, boo hoo"...ok, then go to Giodando's in the Loop then. If you can't handle tattooed servers, non-Chicago style pizza, great beer, eclectic (but surprisingly awesome) selection of music, please avoid this.
I arrived after work on Friday at about 4:30. I was waiting for my wife and was told I could wait at the bar. Ok, strange since it was still early and not many people were there. I could have just grabbed a seat at a table. I ordered the Stout while I waited. The menu is simple and straightforward...no messing about, easy to read. Beers, their styles, awards, and short descriptions are in the menu.
Got a table after my wife arrived and ordered a pizza. What a brilliant change of pace from normal Chicago style (and by that I mean deep AND thin crust Chicago style) pizza. The food seemed to pair beautifully with the beer, if on purpose or by accident I'm not quite sure.
The music was farking brilliant and seemed to be straight out of my music collection. One moment we'd hear Siouxsie and the Banshee, followed up by a 1950's oldie, followed by Junior Senior...just awesome! Eclectic but awesome...not the droning heavy metal you hear at Kumas or Local Option, but just as good (stuff you wouldn't normally hear on the radio!).
Staff is all tatt'd up, which was great. That sort of thing makes me feel very comfortable. Value was good, not expensive at all really: 3 beers + 1 small pizza (perfect for 2 people who don't glutten themselves) = ~26 bucks.
I love this place and will return as often as I can stomach the hipster-laden and hippie-smelling Wicker Park.
07-23-2011 13:17:02 |
More by Northsider
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