Piece Brewery does two things really, really well – pizza and craft beer. That’s all that really need be said about Piece Brewery, but this North Avenue standout gets a bit more of our attention. We particularly like the sense of place created by high ceilings and skylights. This is a particularly inviting space.
Piece hand tosses their New Haven, Connecticut-styled pizza, which to Chicagoans without an Ivy League prejudice is the same as saying “New York-Style”. The pizza foundation is a thin rustic crust that diverts along three paths. Red is a regular red sauce with mozzarella cheese. Plain has extra red sauce and uses parmesan cheese instead of mozzarella. White has no sauce but is held up by olive oil, garlic and mozzarella cheese. There is creative laundry list of optional toppings from the typical to the somewhat extreme. Mashed potatoes are not without their unexpected charm.
Piece also offer salads, including their own take on the Caprese. But our favorite is the Piece Green salad, which finds pears, gorgonzola and candied pecans mixed into a fresh medly of greens dressed up with a hand-crafted house-made dressing.
The Piece offers lunch and dinner menu options that are more expansive than just pizza, but that’s for future visits after we’ve tired of the tried and true. We even stick with pizza for dessert, which is their pizza crust topped with chocolate hazelnut sauce and mascarpone cheese.
All of the beer is brewed on-site. The growler is available to slake a truly savage thirst. Dysfunctionale is an American-style ale that is easily enjoyed in large quantities.
Cold and Wet is a collaborative effort with Half Acre Brewing Company and highly recommended. Golden Arm is an equally enjoyable German-style Kolsh beir.
Live local bands play as on weekends and karaoke rounds out the week. The obligatory multi-screen environment screams out sports programming, which is probably required to meet Third Place expectations.
If you are going out on a busy night make sure to plan to wait a bit for a table. Piece only considers reservations for large parties of 20 on Friday or Saturday and parties of 10 on Sunday.