Nestled in a quiet storefront on busy US 30, Doreen’s Pizzeria has been churning out hot, fresh pizzas for seven years.
Owner Bill Delis prides himself on the business’ use of fresh ingredients, which he believes sets him apart from other pizza places in the area.
“Everything is hand-made. The sauce, dough and all the ingredients are fresh,” he said. “There’s nothing frozen, nothing out of a can. It’s real Chicago-style pizza, cooked in a stone-deck oven.”
The restaurant first opened in Hegewisch in 1986, and Delis took over that business in 1997. Seven years ago, he decided to expand and opened in the current Dyer location.
The restaurant is also affiliated with the frozen Doreen’s pizza you can buy in area grocery stores.
The restaurant has a seating area that can seat about two dozen guests, but a bulk of the business is delivery and take-out.
He employs approximately eight people at his business, not including another four or five delivery drivers, he said.
“We’re doing pretty well, and I feel like we’ve really become a staple in the Dyer community,” he said. “There are a lot of people who were our customers in Hegewisch who have moved to Northwest Indiana and have become our customers in Dyer.”
Other area businesses feature his pizza, including Dyer Little League and Patti’s All American dance and gymnastics school.
He also hosts a Little Pizza Makers program through the parks and recreation department, where kids are invited in to make their own pizzas.
Doreen’s menu is expansive, and includes many popular items in addition to the pizza.
Chicken alfredo, baked mostacholi, ribs and chicken are all popular items, Delis said. There are also a variety of salads and sandwiches.
“We really have a little bit of everything,” he said.
Delis said he’s been approached about expanding to new locations and has also thought about creating Doreen’s franchise opportunities.
At this point, however, there are no concrete plans for expansion.
“People tell me, ‘You’ve got to come to Crown Point. You’ve got to come to Portage,’” he said. “I get that all day long. We really value the support we get from our customers and community.”