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The guys behind Wicker Park sports bar The Fifty/50, Scott Weiner and Greg Mohr, are behind this 200-seat pizzeria and bar in East Village. The pizza's Quad City-style, so Mohr, who grew up in Rock Island, Ill., and Weiner brought on Wise Guys Pizza owner Marv Wise (who also spent years at the Quad City's well-known Harris Pizza) to consult on this particular style of pizza, known for its hand-tossed pies cut into strips with scissors. "It's not crispy thin-crust, but it's definitely not deep-dish," says Weiner. "The crust has a very specific spice mix ... and it has dark malt in it, which gives it a sweet nuttiness." Pizza is the main event, but homemade sausages, calzones and calzone sliders are also in the works, as are Quad City-inspired desserts like ice cream sandwiches in the style of ice cream shop Whitey's. To drink, 16 Midwestern craft beers and spiked sodas should do the trick. Next door in the same building at 1916 W. Chicago Ave. will be Bleeding Heart Bakery & Cafe.