There have been a lot of changes in Naperville since it was founded as a pioneering outpost in the early 1830s. It was a slow development though that took almost two centuries to see the city evolve into the sprawling urbanization it is today. Although Naperville is only thirty-odd miles west of Chicago it was overlooked by most industrialists other than those with interests in the lumber trade. Naperville's location on the banks of the DuPage River and the spread of surrounding forestlands meant it was an ideal location to set up business for timber merchants. The surplus of wood in the area also attracted a furniture maker from Chicago in the early 20th century. The Peter E Kroehler furniture company grew to be the largest of its kind in the world and employed hundreds of people. It was the mainstay of what was still a very rural area. As Naperville expanded, more and more Italians moved there, attracted by the opportunities to open up their own restaurants and feed the growing population.
The pizza chefs who traveled west from the Windy City in the mid-1900s stuck to the local trends and Naperville became known, and is still known, for Chicago-style pizza. The deep dish, pan-baked pie is a staple on the menus of the pizzerias in Naperville and a timeless favorite that no other style of pizza looks like removing from its number one position on this city's most-sold list. There is something so uniquely satisfying about a Chicago-style pizza that is hard to describe. With a delectable thickness that oozes with a generous helping of herby tomato sauce hiding copious amounts of cheese, one look at a Chicago-style pie and you know you're in for a gut-busting bite. If you order a Chicago-style pizza as a delivery, don't be too surprised if it arrives uncut. Chicago-style pies are often sent out whole. Otherwise, the plentiful ingredients would slide straight off the dough and you'd be scraping them off the box.
If you order a Chicago-style pizza and are offered a quick delivery, you're not going to get the best delivery pizza in Naperville. A Chicago-style pie takes over thirty minutes to cook, so make sure you get one from a pizzeria like the Old Town Pizza of Naperville who only start baking when you call. The Old Town Pizza of Naperville has a premises on Artesian Road that really flies the Italian flag where their external and internal décor is concerned. Red, white and green are the dominant colors on their signage, pasted in tricolor stripes on the counter and the Leaning Tower of Pisa even features in their logo. There's no doubting you're going to get an Italian-made pie from these guys. They cook with traditional flair too so if a Chicago-style pizza is not what appetizes, try one of their very tasty Sicilian-style stuffed pies, a double dough extravaganza, or their special thin crust. Whatever you go for, it'll be good.
If you've been wandering around the Naperville Historic District gawking at the fascinating facades of some of the six hundred buildings there, you could find yourself feeling just a little peckish. If you do, just drop by Rosati's Pizza and you'll be able to pick up the best take-out pizza in Naperville. You'll find Rosati's Pizza on West 5th Avenue which is a ten-minute walk from the historic district and an even quicker drive. If you do drive there, Rosati's is fronted by a large lot so there's no shortage of parking. Plus it's right next to a gas station should you be short of fuel and need to fill up. Unless you're taking your pie home or are equipped with cutlery, you might find that a Chicago-style pizza isn't the most adequate style of pie for a take-out. That's not a problem at Rosati's though as they're more than adept at thin crust and do it in a mega-size too.
Take a trip ten miles south of Naperville and you'll discover a rural village where you can combine some outdoor activities with a spot of retail therapy. Bolingbrook is right on the border of the Greene Valley Forest Preserve as well as the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve and Black Partridge Woods. When you've had enough of hiking through the trees, drop by the Promenade Shopping Mall before picking up a pie from Beggars Pizza on the Veteran's Parkway.
Yorkville is a city around twenty miles southwest of Naperville where you can get an eyeful of architecture and nature at the same time. Check out Farnsworth House which was built in 1951 and is one of the state's most outstanding buildings. When you've seen what man can create, go wildlife spotting at the Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area before grabbing a pie from Maciano's Pizza and Pastaria on the East Veteran's Parkway.
Not only is St Charles a fascinating city culturally, but it was also an important stop on the Underground Railway. Head there from Naperville and you'll find museums like the St Charles History Museum, and the Fox River Museum as well as child-oriented discovery centers and fun aquatic parks. When you've seen all that St Charles has to offer, try a pie from Charlie Fox's Pizzeria and Eatery on West Main Street.
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