Chicagoland: Mrs. T's Memorable Mushroom Pizza in Downers Grove
A few weeks ago, I waxed poetic about Fasano's Pizza. And as well I should because it's really, really good. However, there's a new sheriff in town, and she goes by the name of Mrs. T's.
Located in a tiny strip mall, this no-frills joint has no more than a half-dozen tables. I've driven past it countless times over the years, but I never paid it much mind. Now I know that was a mistake.
While the topping application may vary from heavy-handed to light (the latter was the case this time), Mrs. T's pie remains a near-perfect specimen, one I'd put up against tavern-style versions like not just Fasano's but also Vito & Nick's, Ledo's, and Fox's in Orland Park. (Yes, I realize these are fighting words.)
Never mind the fact that Mrs. T's masters the equation: gooey, salty cheese; lightly sweet, acidic sauce; and uber-thin, crackly crust. The real reason I love this thin-crust pizza is the mushrooms ($17.94 for a 16", one-topping). Seriously. They're the real deal—earthy and whisper-thin (none of the canned stuff we've grown accustomed to). And because they're near-see-through, the mushrooms meld with the cheese in a there-but-not-there way.
Depending on who's manning the oven, the 'shrooms may be mounded on. That's when Mrs. T's truly shines. As such, asking for extra isn't a bad idea. The sausage is great, too, so go halfsies if you want. Personally, though, I want nothing to detract from what's at hand. Oh, and pepperoni is a letdown that's best skipped.
As is the case with many top-tier good pizza joints, the other menu options aren't worth your time (I'm looking at you, Villa Nova). Just stick to the main event. Then, belly up to the bar, or grab a high-top table and patiently wait. If you time things right, you'll be there to chime in on "Wheel of Fortune" with regulars, since it's surely flickering on the tube.
Mrs. T's Pizza
About the author: Jennifer Olvera is a veteran food and travel writer and author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Chicago." Follow her on Twitter @olverajennifer.