Great Lake features ice cream made by Hot Chocolate's Mindy Segal, one of Chicago's best pastry chefs.
Lessins' toppings vary depending on the season. In summer he sticks mostly to white (sauceless) pies. But in the colder months, you can get a more conventional pizza, like this Margherita, made with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and the aforementioned mona cheese.
You've got to get your greens somehow! The salads at Great Lake are made with impeccably fresh ingredients grown on local farms.
Ed says, "I would have liked a little more salt and a tad more pliancy in the dough."
Still, says Ed, the cross section shows just how breadlike Lessins' crust is. "This is glorious, light yeasty, pizza crust."
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Great Lake, Just After Opening
On any given night, Great Lake offers five different pizzas, four of which are kind of permanent (there are changes based on what toppings are fresh at the time) and one of which is a special that changes much more frequently.
Impossibly thin slices of zucchini, tangy, salty mona cheese (made from a blend of sheep and cow's milk in neighboring Wisconsin), black pepper, with added pepperoni, reveals Nick's gift for inspired, perfectly proportioned, and wonderfully balanced toppings. His toppings are in fact the stuff of pizza genius.
Says Ed Levine, "This smoked bacon, fresh cream, white corn, mona, and chives pizza was spot-on. I could have eaten this whole pie myself."
Heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, garlic, mona, and fresh herbs
Lessin's crust has a beautiful lip or cornicione, as the Italians call it. It is more breadlike than either Anthony Mangieri's was at the now-defunct Una Pizza Napoletana or Chris Bianco's pizza at Pizzeria Bianco. In fact it looks and tastes a great deal like Nancy Silverton's pizza at Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles.