It happens to everyone: you’re hungry, but you don’t know what you want— pasta or a burger, Mexican or Chinese, a salad or pizza. At Dimo’s Pizza, you don’t have to choose, because the variety of topping choices and combinations are endless. Founded by Dimitri Syrkin-Nikolau, Dimo’s Pizza always serves up the unexpected. At any given time, you can wander into Dimo’s Wicker Park or Wrigleyville location and find a dozen different ‘zas ready and waiting to be devoured. While the thin, yet chewy, crust at Dimo’s is good in its own right, it’s the unique and wide variety of toppings that shine. Syrkin-Nikolau has said that he views pizza as a canvas, ready to be topped with any number of unique combinations of toppings.
The shops offers 12” and 20” sized whole pies, but a hefty portion of business is done through the sale of single slices, sold for $3-4. Vegan options are available daily (vegan pizza! with cheese that melts!) including the popular vegan mac & cheese slice. Each month, various specialty slices are available for one-week intervals. These slices often revolve around a theme. This month’s specials were inspired by neighborhood events and street festivals. They’ve included the Humboldt Pork slice, inspired by Fiestas Puertorriquenas, and topped with pulled pork in creole sauce, tostones, shredded mozzarella, and cilantro lime crema sauce. For those that are less adventurous, Dimo’s offers the classics—pepperoni, cheese, sausage.
It’s not just the pizza toppings at Dimo’s that are unique: it’s Dimo’s commitment to creating a communal and interactive space for its patrons. Dimo’s hosts an array of promotions and events. On Monday nights at the Wicker Park location, Dimo’s hosts a comedy open mic that starts at 10:00 PM. The open mic includes $3 pints on special and $3 slices of cheese or pepperoni pizza. Is trivia more your speed? Stop into the Wicker location on Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM for “Geeks Who Drink.” The event features eight rounds of trivia, $2 PBRs and $15 pitchers. On Thursdays, you’ll get an extra punch on your punch card (10 punches for a free slice!) by playing Truth or Dare. “Truth” is self explanatory. But “Dare” amounts to letting an employee choose your slice of pizza.
In terms of what kind of crowd to expect, it’s a mixed bag— hipsters, bros, late night revelers, and pizza enthusiasts are all dedicated patrons of both locations. So, the next time you have a hankering for some food but aren’t sure what you want, stop into Dimo’s. They’re sure to have something that will strike your fancy, no matter what you’re into.