Monday, October 7, 2019

Stunod's is Bringing Delicious Pizza, Italian Comfort Food to 63rd Street

‘This is a pizza neighborhood’

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

While their new pizzeria in Clearing is their first brick-and-mortar venture, the two brothers in charge seem to have the neighborhood figured out.

“This is a pizza neighborhood—a community filled with hard-working, down-to-earth men and women looking for good portions of tasty food freshly prepared, quickly and conveniently ready for pickup or delivery,” said older brother Austin. “That’s what we offer, every day of the week.”

The brothers are the owners of Stunod’s, 6535 W. 63rd St.,
in the storefront that for decades had housed D’Anardo’s Pizza—which went out of business earlier this year.

The new eatery’s name is sure to bring a smile and even a chuckle to the faces of folks in the neighborhood who know that stunod is a Sicilian-American slang term that roughly translates to a stubborn, hard-headed goofball.

“It’s one of those words that we all heard as kids—like when your grandma or grandpa would say, ‘Ah you’re such a stunod,’” younger brother Frank said. “It’s a word that’s familiar and fun—and that’s the kind of vibe we’re creating here.”

The brothers opened their restaurant in June and have since poured quite a bit into it, renovating the place from front to back. They also shortened and simplified the menu, which today features pizza, calzones, sandwiches (such as Italian beef and sausage, meatball, hamburgers, chicken parmigiana and breaded steak), pasta (spaghetti and ravioli), chicken wings, sides, salads and more.

Frank and Austin take a break in front of their blackboard wall menu.
The menu also will soon include the brothers’ own frozen treats that they have made and sold in recent years via their popular Buddy’s Italian Ice business—from Evanston to Lincoln Park to the Loop to Orland Park, and many points between.

“This is Italian-American comfort food—not too fancy, not complicated, just delicious,” Frank added. “We’re confident everyone in the neighborhood who tries us will like us.”

Stunod’s is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Its phone number is (773) 586-7373 for pickup and delivery calls. The restaurant’s food will soon be available via Uber Eats and Grubhub.

The Battaglia brothers added that a grand opening celebration begins Friday, October 11.

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