Last weekend I was in Crystal Lake concluding a Craigslist sale and the seller suggested I check out Georgio's Chicago Pizzeria & Pub
in the old downtown area.
The inside is typical Chicago sports bar, with plenty of Bears memorabilia and advertising. And it's pretty dark.
I chose a thin 10" sausage and mushroom and it was very good. Georgio's sauce is more tangy/savory than sweet, the sausage was mild but still flavorful, and the crust had a nice crunch.
But wait, there's more! In the interest of fairness and thorough research I also ordered a deep dish 10" pizza with the same toppings, and it was just as good - albeit in a different way - as its skinny brother. All the flavors were equally good but it seemed like the sauce stood out a bit more, and the crust had a flaky, tender, almost a pie-like character.
Georgio's has won some accolades and I feel that they've been legitimately earned; I very much enjoyed my pizza and wouldn't hesitate to return, especially since it can be reached without having to deal with much of the typical Crystal Lake traffic on US-14.
No, I didn't finish both pizzas. I ate 4 thin pieces and 1 deep piece and then took the rest home...but not before stopping for lunch on the way.