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    Posted: 02/June/2010 at 8:01am
Went to Damenzo's for pizza last night, called it in and picked it up for home. They are located on Roosevelt & Marengo where the old White Hen use to be.
 
One thing I always ask myself when ordering from somewhere new, "Do they use fresh mushrooms or are they canned?". I did not order mushrooms, so I can't answer that question. However, I can say when I asked for olives, they asked "green or black olives" which is a very good sign.
 
The gentlemen that took my order was nice, ordered half sausage, half pepperoni, green and black olives on the whole thing. And make it WELL DONE, you don't want an undercooked pizza do you?
 
He said come by in 30, I was there in 27 and it was ready. The place has a small but nice eating area with a bar on the far side. I told the gentlemen that it was my first time and he said that I'll be back.
 
 
He was right, I will be back. I can't remember why that piece is missing! :-)
 
This is not the thinnest pizza at all, but a little thicker than a "thin pizza". However, the crust works well with the very rich sauce that has a lot of depth of flavor with spices. It's a saucy pizza I would say. The pepperoni was great, it appeared to be hand cut and wasn't just some super thin slices, something you could actually taste. The sausage was also good.
 
The cheese was plentiful and the olives made it very tasty. My favorite was the pepperoni half.
 
 
 
My wife and I both enjoyed it, and the value was HIGH. It was $16.75 or so out the door for the large (14") pizza shown in the pictures. I would put this pizza above average after my first visit.
 
PaulW recommended!!
 
Damenzo's Pizza
7300 W. Roosevelt Road
Forest Park, IL 60130
 
(708) 771-5705
 
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I agree 100% about canned mushrooms being a litmus for non-homemade pizza and that Damenzo's is a solid option for delivery.  BTW there is an existing (albeit oddly named) thread here.
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oddly named because it was started BEFORE the restaurant opened (thread started in February) so not really odd.

Glad you like it PaulW. I won't be back though...my review is on the 'odd' thread mentioned in #6's post. We had an Italian Beef and Spaghetti with ketchup sauce and burned hamburger meat balls. Maybe it's a Sicilian place (or as my nonna would have said "Bas Italia" combined with an evil look).

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Originally posted by piehead piehead wrote:

oddly named because it was started BEFORE the restaurant opened (thread started in February) so not really odd.

Glad you like it PaulW. I won't be back though...my review is on the 'odd' thread mentioned in #6's post. We had an Italian Beef and Spaghetti with ketchup sauce and burned hamburger meat balls. Maybe it's a Sicilian place (or as my nonna would have said "Bas Italia" combined with an evil look).
 
For some reason, that doesn't surprise me.
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I must say it looks 100% better then the nasty pizza the first week they were open..we will try it again based on Paul W's pics.
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Originally posted by PaulW PaulW wrote:

Originally posted by piehead piehead wrote:

oddly named because it was started BEFORE the restaurant opened (thread started in February) so not really odd. Glad you like it PaulW. I won't be back though...my review is on the 'odd' thread mentioned in #6's post. We had an Italian Beef and Spaghetti with ketchup sauce and burned hamburger meat balls. Maybe it's a Sicilian place (or as my nonna would have said "Bas Italia" combined with an evil look).

 

For some reason, that doesn't surprise me.
Try their spaghetti w/meatballs or italian beef and tell me you like it then.

You have no idea how much I wanted it to be good. The bar across the street from it (Carole's) doesn't serve food and she will let you order in from places and you can eat it at her ultra clean bar. We so much wanted to be able to do just that with DaMenzo's. We were so disappointed.

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Pie, you know I had to say that! Try the pizza.....you might like it.
 
I will try a beef or something like that in the upcoming weeks for lunch just to see if I like it or not. BTW, the menu has mexican stuff on it....what's with that? There is Ino's and the new place right across the street from it....plus the place across from the Jewel.
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I've been getting their slices of pepperoni after work and have to say it's the best damn slice I've had anywhere around here.  For one of the Blackhawks games I ordered a couple pizzas, one pepperoni, and there was absolutely no letdown.  My guests loved it.

Yes, heavier on the sauce, but it's a GOOD sauce with an interesting flavor, not some ketchup-y crap I'm used to tasting in these here parts. 
I think PaulW nailed it:
"not the thinnest pizza at all, but a little thicker than a "thin pizza". However, the crust works well with the very rich sauce that has a lot of depth of flavor with spices. It's a saucy pizza I would say. The pepperoni was great, it appeared to be hand cut and wasn't just some super thin slices, something you could actually taste."

Wait, didn't you say Number6 "nailed it" before?
Yes, but her description emphasized the mouth feel and the cheeses.
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Tried the pizza not bad..but the #4 sandwich is amazing !!!
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Barbacoa taco was not bad though drier than what I'm used to.  Enjoyed their salsas but have no idea if they are house-made or purchased.  
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Originally posted by arneharris arneharris wrote:


I think PaulW nailed it:
"not the thinnest pizza at all, but a little thicker than a "thin pizza". However, the crust works well


And regarding the crust- it was crispy on my pie as well as in the slices (which are thrown back into the oven for an additional minute before serving).  Usually thicker crusts are doughy or bread-y, but this doesn't act that way.

I can only surmise that when pie suggested they looked like "big rubber slices" <LOL> they must've been customer ordered as I've had nothing of the sort.

Unbending proof:


slightly embellished with exaggerated chompage/smackage
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Perhaps we will have to order one after all.

If so, I'll definitely report back.
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Tried the pie again asked for it crispy..very good .
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Well we tried DaManzo's pizza.

It was okay but not the type of pizza we like. Way too much sauce. Way too thick of a crust. The sausage was tasty and the green peppers were fine.

We'll stick with Benny's.


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Where is DaManzo's?  Big smile


Truthfully the crust is thicker than I like, too, but when I get the slices they put them back in the oven and it crisps up real nice. 
When I got a pie it was kinda crisp too; normally those thicker ones are too doughy for me.  But yeah, they do put a lot of snauce on there as well.  Wife doesn't care for the style either; may try to get her one extra thin, easy snauce for her [cause if we both like a place, chances ^^ for us to get it more often ;-) ].


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Mmmm Bennys.
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Originally posted by dogcatcher dogcatcher wrote:

Mmmm Bennys.

Large thin crust with sausage (well done, xx thin crust). $16.45 delivered!!!!
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DaMenzos is very expensive.. we to will stick with Bennys.

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Originally posted by arneharris arneharris wrote:







Where is DaManzo's?  Big smileTruthfully the crust is thicker than I like, too, but when I get the slices they put them back in the oven and it crisps up real nice.  When I got a pie it was kinda crisp too; normally those thicker ones are too doughy for me.  But yeah, they do put a lot of snauce on there as well.  Wife doesn't care for the style either; may try to get her one extra thin, easy snauce for her [cause if we both like a place, chances ^^ for us to get it more often ;-) ].


What is snauce?
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Ground up Snausages
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Originally posted by piehead piehead wrote:

Originally posted by dogcatcher dogcatcher wrote:

Mmmm Bennys.


Large thin crust with sausage (well done, xx thin crust). $16.45 delivered!!!!


Meh.  Every time I've tried it it's been low-grade.  Ketchup-like sauce (in Damenzo's quantities), regular snausage (though NO one can match Villa Nova for that). 

But, alas, I will try it again with xx thin crust.  I think that's the secret to most Berwyn pizza since most places make it too thick and doughy (chewy doughy, not bready doughy).  Dinico's is like that, Pizza Platter can be, Anthony's... 

Conversely I don't mind Damenzo's sauce overdose and thick crust because the sauce is spiced just right and the crust is crunchy.

As an aside, piehead (lol...perfect name for the thread), have u had their beefs?  They look pretty good for a pizza joint.
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Arne, have you looked up further in the thread. Other half tried the beef our 1st visit and I had horrible spaghetti.
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Originally posted by piehead piehead wrote:

Originally posted by arneharris arneharris wrote:

As an aside, piehead (lol...perfect name for the thread), have u had their beefs?  They look pretty good for a pizza joint.
Arne, have you looked up further in the thread. Other half tried the beef our 1st visit and I had horrible spaghetti.


Sorry, wasn't clear - I was asking about Benny's beef sammiches.



( My wife had a cheesey beef from Damenzo's while I chomped down a delicious slice of pepperoni pizza.  It was OK.)


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Oh, sorry Arne. Never tried the beef there. Have had the chicken and the pasta dishes.
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