WBEZ | marie's pizza http://www.wbez.org/tags/maries-pizza Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Marie's Pizza and Liquors, the most romantic restaurant in town http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/maries-pizza-and-liquors-most-romantic-restaurant-town-105534 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8473415745/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mariespizzaheart.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Valentine's Day heart shaped pizza at Marie's Pizza and Liquors in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>The most romantic restaurant in Chicago must be <a href="http://mariespizzachicago.com/Maries_Pizza_%26_Liquors/Welcome.html">Marie&#39;s Pizza &amp; Liquors</a> on the Northwest Side in Albany Park. This must be true because they have heart shaped pizza. And you should know the importance of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-02-13/importance-heart-shaped-pizza-96379">heart shaped pizza</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8473487667/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mariespizzawelcome.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Welcome to Marie's Restaurant &amp; Lounge. Please enter through liquor store. (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>Yes, other restaurants have heart shaped food for Valentine&#39;s Day, but none have lasted 73 years. Originally opened in 1940 by&nbsp;Theodore Karavidas as a tavern and packaged goods store, it wasn&#39;t until 1950 that&nbsp;Karavidas&#39; son George added pizza. Marie&#39;s was named after Mary&nbsp;Karavidas,&nbsp;Theodore&#39;s wife and George&#39;s mother. If that&#39;s not love, I don&#39;t know what is.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8473496601/" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mariespizzavineyard.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Marie's Vineyard at Marie's Pizza and Liquors in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><div class="image-insert-image ">Over the years Marie&#39;s Pizza and Liquors has expanded, now under the ownership of George&#39;s daughter, Nadine Karavidas. It takes a certain kind of romantic to create a vineyard within a liquor store, lit with starry lights amidst hanging grapes.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8473439741/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mariespizzachalkboard.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Valentine's Day specials at Marie's Pizza and Liquors in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">This year for Valentine&#39;s Day, Marie&#39;s has not only heart shaped pizza but new heart shaped desserts too, in addition to their regular sweets, including the cannoli, &quot;<a href="http://mariespizzachicago.com/Maries_Pizza_%26_Liquors/Sweet_Temptations.html">made specially for Marie&#39;s &mdash; voted top three in Chicago!</a>&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8473467891/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mariespizzabar.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Valentine's Day decorations behind the bar at Marie's Pizza and Liquors in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">But it&#39;s the pizza, heart shaped or round, that&#39;s the soul of Marie&#39;s. The Chicago style, thin cracker crust is a real tavern cut slice of Chicago.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8473412683/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mariespizzacrust.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Chicago thin tavern style crust at Marie's Pizza and Liquors in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">Remember Marie&#39;s delivers not only pizza but anything from the liquor store too. Like I said, the most romantic restaurant in town.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8474513642/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mariespizzawhoopie.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Valentine's Day heart shaped red velvet chocolate raspberry whoopie pie dessert special at Marie's Pizza and Liquors in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/maries-pizza-and-liquors-most-romantic-restaurant-town-105534