In business since 1959, Aurelio's has become a staple of the region - so much so readers have voted it as having the best pizza. At age 26, Joe Aurelio Jr. opened a small, four-table restaurant on Ridge Road in Homewood, Ill. Regular patrons may be surprised to know his restaurant originally focused on the sale of his home--cooked beef sandwiches. Though popular, it was his pizza that captured the taste buds of locals.
There are now more than 40 locations in six states, with menu items ranging from sandwiches to pasta, salads and, of course, pizza.
Gelsosomo's Crown Point
Crown Point, Ind.