Damenzo’s is legendary for its presence in the neighborhood since the mid-1980s. For me, this pizza spot has earned one of the “best” titles after decades serving its community and surviving a pandemic. Their menu offers many affordable options, like a large twenty-four-inch pizza starting at $31.50. For stuffed or pan pizza, the maximum size is fourteen inches and starts at $19.50, or try their “everything” pizza for $28 for the same size but have all the flavors. These prices are rare and don’t come at the cost of flavor. Their calzones are amazing and can easily be shared between two people. The starting cost is $6.98, and one dollar for each additional topping. It’s a hard deal to beat these days. All of their Italian dinners are under $12 and include garlic bread and parmesan cheese, with the option of adding meatballs or a sausage for under $4.
There’s also an extensive $10 sandwich deal, all of which are served with delicious cottage fries. If you’re willing to pay for more, there is the jumbo gym shoe sandwich that is unlike anything I’ve tried. If you’re looking to feed a party, Damenzo’s catering trays can serve up to thirty-five and are under $100 each.
The quality of the food is a reflection of its people and the generations of the family. The story goes that Damenzo’s reflects both of its founders’ names, Damiano Mannino and Vincenzo Leone, who are also brothers-in-law. The restaurant’s current location is also down the block from where Damiano grew up. This pizza shop is a testament to families coming together and becoming entrepreneurs in their own neighborhood. It’s amazing to see their decades of success and community roots continue, hopefully for more generations.
This family-owned restaurant is open until midnight. If you’re curious to check it out but not sure what to order, Damenzo’s is on the Too Good To Go application, which allows customers to buy surprise meals for under $6-8, usually. It’s part of a larger effort to reduce food waste while helping hungry customers save money. Check out Damenzo’s website for more information or stop by! It’s definitely worth the visit—just the smell alone will motivate you to buy more than what you planned.
Damenzo’s Pizza, 2324 W. Taylor St. Friday–Saturday, 10am–1am; Sunday–Thursday, 10am–midnight. damenzospizzaandrestaurant.com. (312) 421-1142.