Pizza by Alex

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Owner Alex Pineda attracts a neighborhood crowd to his Portage Park Italian BYOB with super-thin pizzas from a brick oven. Pies include classics like spinach and mushroom and a build-your-own option, as well as some interesting Mexican variations like pizza ala ranchera (chipotle sauce, beans, mushrooms, onions and chorizo). Not in the mood for pizza? Create your own pasta dish from a lineup of pastas and made-from-scratch sauces. Though Pizza by Alex started out as a carryout- and delivery-only operation, it's now a full-service restaurant.