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A Gourmet Pizza Artist in Chesterton

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It is rare to find a person with SUCH passion about what they do. On our way home from TBEX '09 on Sunday, we stopped at our very favorite pizza place in the whole world, Greek's Pizzeria, in Chesterton, Indiana. Walking in the door, you are immediately tempted with delicious smells, bright interior, and best of all, Alex Karamesines' sparkling eyes and ready smile.

 

peppers - pizza in chesterton

 

pizza in chesterton

 

For, you see, Alex is a gourmet pizza artist. He is truly, truly passionate about making gourmet pizzas - which comes from growing up in a pizzeria! His parents, Mike and Kim Karamesines, started Uncle Menny's Greek's Pizzeria in Valparaiso over 40 years ago. From the time Alex was 3 years old, he was pulling up a chair and putting pepperoni on pizzas. He would ask someone to sauce the pizza until he was about 5 or 6, and then he was able to do it himself! Talk about learning from an early age...his talents belie his humble attire and manner - this man can COOK!

 

pizza in chesterton

 

pizza in chesterton

 

Alex went to college - and got a business degree - with the ultimate intent of opening up his own branch of Uncle Menny's Greek's Pizzeria in Chesterton, which he has done with success! Alex noted that he always, always knew what he wanted to do. He said that his dad was his biggest hero and that he, too, loved creating pizzas and sharing this love with his customers.

 

pizza in chesterton

 

pizza in chesterton

 

pizza in chesterton

 

Now with his own branch of Greek's Pizzeria, Alex is busy creating new gourmet pizzas (try the Texas Barbecue!), along with old favorites for a growing clientele. Owning his own pizzeria allows him and his staff the artistic freedom to keep trying new pizza combinations.

 

pizza in chesterton

 

pizza in chesterton

 

pizza in chesterton

 

Alex makes fresh dough every day, with a secret dough recipe from his dad. He takes extra time and care, patting it out and tossing the crust in the air, with flair! He hand-tosses the crust and puts a little love into it.  Sometimes, kids will line up at the counter to watch. He really puts on quite a show.  Alex cares greatly about the quality of the ingredients, as well - fresh cut veggies and the best cheese and meats for toppings. Why?  He wants every pizza to be the absolute best pizza, every time.

 

pizza chesterton

 

pizza chesterton

 

Did I mention the Garlic Knotz, and the Boli Bread? YUM.

 

pizza chesterton

 

pizza chesterton

 

See why we go there, every time we're anywhere near Chicago? It's the best pizza in Chesterton - or anywhere else we've eaten. And congratulations to Alex - a True Gourmet Pizza Artist, for sharing his great talent and love with us!

 

 

pizza chesterton

 

 

Uncle Menny's Greek’s Pizzerias:

Chesterton

442 Sand Creek Dr. North
(Just minutes from Indiana Dunes State Park)

219.921.0055

Valparaiso

59 Indiana Ave.

219.464.7102


For more information, please see: www.greekspizzeriavalparaiso.com

 

alex karamesines - pizza chesterton

 

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farsighted girl's picture

Although Indiana is nearby

Although Indiana is nearby Chicago, It's not one of my favorite states and I never consider exploring its culinary offerings. This post has convinced me otherwise. Alex really does sound like a gifted pizza maker.

Dr. Jessie Voigts's picture

worth the drive

farsighted girl - i'd drive there, to get a pizza. no question! :) next time you're headed east on 94, be sure to swing by.

 

Jessie Voigts, PhD

Publisher, wanderingeducators.com

i'm about to eat dinner

this was the wrong post to see right now, i'm drooling, and my dinner is nothing this yummy!

 

marina k. villatoro

Yum! Pizza!

This looks like a great place. Too bad we took the train to and from Chicago this trip, but this looks like somewhere we should try next time we're out that way in the car.

I love places like this--indie and owned by someone who has a real love for what they do.

The pizza in the top photo looks like something I'd really like--what is it? Tomato, feta (?), basil or spinach (?)

 

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Dr. Jessie Voigts's picture

best pizza in chesterton

dominique - it is AWESOMe, and alex is so very cool. he just loves what he's doing! 

 

we had tomato, feta, chicken, spinach. olive oil instead of sauce. and it was DELICIOUS!!

 

we'll have to road trip it from MI...

 

Jessie Voigts, PhD

Publisher, wanderingeducators.com

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