Let Aurelio’s school you on real Chicago pizza

If you’re not cutting your pizza into square pieces, you’re not doing it right.
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Pizza is a Chicago institution, but contrary to popular belief, Chicagoans don’t generally eat deep dish. Our go-to pies are thin crust, with a twist: We cut them into squares, not triangles. As it turns out, Las Vegas not only happens to have the same style pizza I grew up eating in Chicago, it has a franchise of my old Chicago pizza joint: Aurelio’s, a south-suburbs institution with the catchphrase, “Tell ’em Joe sent you!”

Henderson and northwest locations here have closed, but there’s a new one in North Las Vegas, and it shouldn’t be overlooked. Its pies are dead ringers for the Chicago versions—sweet sauce and sausage with just a hint of heat. The only variant appears to be a flakier crust—probably due to the differences in humidity and water. Go taste it for yourself, and tell ’em Jim sent you.

Aurelio’s Pizza 445 W. Craig Road, 399-3131. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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