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Professor Pizza, born from deep Italian-American culinary roots, is a passion project by a Chicago native whose journey in the food industry has been marked by both tradition and innovation. After refining his skills in some of Chicago’s finest restaurants, Tony pursued specialized training with world-renowned pizza experts Tony Gemignani and Laura Meyer. This experience, coupled with annual competitions in the International Pizza Challenge in Las Vegas, fueled his love for pizza and competition, giving rise to his moniker, Professor Pizza.

The Professor’s mission is to blend educational endeavors with culinary expertise, teaching about the rich tapestry of Italian and Chicago food cultures while delivering pizzas that are not just meals, but memorable experiences.

What sets Professor Pizza apart is its foundation in family values and community connection. The inspiration behind every pizza comes from Tony’s children, Veda and Declan, reflecting his commitment to quality and legacy. Professor Pizza is not just a brand; it’s a community-centric enterprise that is making a mark on Chicago’s culinary scene. Proudly representing the World Pizza Champions alongside Leo Spizzirri and Tony Troiano, Professor Pizza is a celebration of heritage, mastery, and the simple joy of sharing a great pizza.

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In Old Town

Professor Pizza has officially opened its doors at 1610 N Wells St in the vibrant neighborhood of Old Town, just next door to Second City Theaters. Come and experience Chef Tony Scardino’s masterful creations, blending traditional Italian-American cuisine with innovative twists. In addition to pizzas, our menu boasts a delightful selection of fresh pastas, seasonal plates, and Italian-American favorites. 

Beverage director Julieta Campos has created a cocktail menu featuring some of Chicago’s best martinis and a unique take on some of Tony’s favorite Italian classics.

Join us for an unforgettable dining experience. 

Current Hours

  • Monday – Friday
    4pm – 11pm
  • Saturday
    11am – 12am
  • Sunday
    11am – 10pm
Deluxe Pepperoni Pizza on a Grandma Crust with Mike's Hot Honey at Professor Pizza
A Few Words from the Professor

“I’ve been making pizza for over 15 years, and I love what I do. Professor Pizza started in a garden unit apartment in Hermosa. I’m so humbled to have the opportunity to share my passion with you, your friends, and your loved ones.”

Tony Scardino aka Professor Pizza