If you’re from Chicago, chances are you’re familiar with Nancy’s Pizzeria. You probably know that Nancy’s is considered the home of the original Chicago-style stuffed pizza, and no doubt you’ve eaten your share. In moments of homesick desperation, you may even have had a Nancy’s pizza shipped to you — because, short of flying back home (or to one of a handful of other cities where you can find a location of what has grown to be a national chain), that was the only way you could get one.
Until March of this year, that is, when Nancy’s opened a location in North Raleigh. Now, not only can you indulge whenever the craving hits, but you no longer have to try to explain to your uninitiated friends the difference between a stuffed pizza and its more famous culinary cousin, the Chicago-style deep dish pizza.
You can take them to Nancy’s, where they can experience for themselves what mere words don’t do justice to: that a stuffed pizza raises the ante on a deep dish pie — already a behemoth in its own right — by making it even deeper with more fillings, and adding a top crust and a final layer of tomato sauce.
8111 Creedmoor Road, Suite 137, Raleigh
Rating: 2 1/2 stars
Atmosphere: casual, contemporary
Noise level: moderate
Recommended: meatball trio, grilled broccolini and sausage, stuffed pizza
Open: Lunch and dinner daily.
Other: full bar; accommodates children; modest vegetarian selection; patio; parking in lot.