Burt's Place - Morton Grove
The first thing you need to know about this place is that if you want to eat a pizza here, you must call ahead to place your order. Burt's is tiny, has only one chef — septuagenarian owner Burt Katz — and only one oven. If you aren't prepared to reserve your pizza ahead and be on time to eat it, you risk being turned away.
The caramelized-crust pan pizzas come in 10-, 12-, 14-, 16- and 18-inch sizes. Toppings available include sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, black and green olives, garlic, spinach, fresh sliced tomatoes, bell peppers, banana peppers and jalapenos. You can also get garlic bread (with or without cheese), small and large salads, onion rings, jalapeno poppers and mozzarella sticks. Call ahead with your complete order, including starters. There are a few other items on the menu, but these are often not available. The place is tiny and filled with dusty bric-a-brac, and service can be quirky, but legions of fans — including Saveur magazine, which put Katz on the cover — think it's worth putting up with Burt's idiosyncrasies to get his pizza.