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Ian & Kye’s Pizza in Jensen Seaside provides Chicago-style Italian

Suzanne Dennis
| Treasure Coast Newspapers

Ian & Kye’s Pizza is all about family and a passion for authentic Chicago-style cooking. Located right on Indian River Drive in downtown Jensen Beach, the location is fantastic. Enjoy a taste of the Windy City with ingredients shipped straight from Chicago. Choose to sit on the outdoor patio or in the cosy, rustic dining room.

While most people associate Chicago with deep-dish pizza, Ian & Kye’s serves it tavern-style on a thin, crispy cracker crust that’s just salty enough to offset the sweet tomato sauce. The cake is cut into squares while generous amounts of topping are stacked to the brim.

The menu also offers appetizers, salads, hot sandwiches, wings and desserts should you have room for them.

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We watched as an appetizer of cheesy garlic bites ($5.50) was delivered to another table. They looked amazing, but we had already ordered our large Chi Town Sausage Pie ($20.25) which arrived piping hot. Because the cake is cut into small squares, it’s easy to buff half of it away without even realizing it. (OK, it was me!) I wish it could have been a little crunchier, but the flavor was definitely there, and that meaty, savory sausage was amazing.

My husband was busy diving into his Chi-Town World Famous Italian Beef Sandwich ($9.50) to which he added melted provolone cheese. Tender, piping hot roast beef, thinly sliced ​​and soaked in a flavorful jus, stacked on top of Chicago French Bread. I got the side eye when asking about my obligatory bite. I could understand why as it was so delicious it melted in your mouth.

The dessert menu featured cheesecake ($4), tiramisu ($5), and zeppoli, which we just had to have half a dozen of ($2.50). The piping hot and sugar laden fried dough was a treat.

Kye Maiolo’s dream of owning his own pizzeria in his hometown has come true. With an emphasis on quality, passion and family, there is a story here. Some magical, some tragic, but the mood is consistently positive.

Ian & Kye’s Pizza

Cuisine: Chicago-style Italian

Address: 3310 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach

Phone: 772-334-5074

Hours: 11:30am to 9:30pm Tuesdays to Thursdays and Sundays; 11:30am to 10:00pm Friday-Saturday; closed on Monday.

Alcohol: beer and wine

Online: www.iankyepizza.com

Susan Dennis dines anonymously at TCPalm’s expense for #whattodoin772. Contact them at caribeansoul@hotmail.com.