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Felice’s a ‘Different Experience’ for Loyola Students

According to their website, Felice's Roman Style Pizza opens everyday at 11 a.m. The restaurant closes at 10 p.m. from Mondays to Thursdays, 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 8 p.m. on Sundays. / Photo credit: William Tolan

Felice’s Roman Style Pizza opens everyday at 11 a.m. The restaurant closes at 10 p.m. from Mondays to Thursdays, 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 8 p.m. on Sundays.

Story and Photos By Will Tolan

Felice’s Roman Style Pizza is one of the most notable restaurants in Rogers Park, known for its authentic pizzas that are made from scratch, inexpensive prices and professionalism. It is also said to be the only student-managed pizzeria in the nation where undergraduates at Loyola University Chicago continue to earn business experience.

According to their website, 10 students were responsible for the creation of the pizzeria in February 2012 after returning from a semester abroad at the John Felice Rome Center.

“Every person that walks through these doors gets a different experience,” said senior psychology major Elizabeth Lucchese-Soto, vice president of operations. “Our pizza is literally handmade just for you.”

The restaurant, located at 6441 N. Sheridan Rd. in Chicago, is home to 17 types of pizza, which include favorites such as cheese and pepperoni as well as more unique varieties such as mac and cheese, chicken bacon ranch and margherita. There is also a “build your own pizza” option and a variety of sides and desserts.

The restaurant says with pride that it is "the only student run pizzeria in the nation." On its website, Felice's encourages customers to "stop by for a slice of history in the making." / Photo credit: William Tolan

A sign on the counter says that Felice’s is “the only student run pizzeria in the nation.” On its website, Felice’s encourages customers to “stop by for a slice of history in the making.”

“The pizza is actually pretty solid,” said junior advertising and public relations major Kyle Rall, 20. “They have a lot of variety; they try new things.”

“There are very few restaurants that actually make everything from scratch,” Lucchese-Soto, 21, said.

According to Lucchese-Soto, all of the ingredients used at Felice’s Roman Style Pizza, such as the dough, are prepared in the morning.

“The fact that all the pizzas are made by the students from scratch gives a personal, home-touch to all the meals that you can’t get by going to places like Pizza Hut,” junior English major Ali McAvoy, 20, said. “These aren’t generated in a blender – they’re made with skill and finesse.”

“We offer a place on campus to get food you wouldn’t find anywhere else,” junior history and communications double major Dale Gaughan, associate of sales said.

The pizzeria is a part of Loyola Limited which according to its website is “Loyola University Chicago’s undergraduate student run business enterprise.”

Once a customer orders their meal, the pizza artisans get to work in the kitchen, preparing each ordered dish from scratch. / Photo credit: Dale Gaughan

Once a customer orders their meal, the pizza artisans get to work in the kitchen, preparing each ordered dish from scratch. / Photo credit: Dale Gaughan

Loyola Limited is responsible for a variety of student-run businesses on campus including Ireland’s, a student-run pub, and ChainLinks, a student-run bike shop.

“The way we like to phrase it is that we’re an arm of Loyola,” Gaughan, 19, said.

According to Gaughan, the restaurant’s bank account is accessed through Loyola Limited and there are advisers who are always prepared to provide suggestions on how the business should be managed.

“We do have two advisers and they are there as a resource for us,” Lucchese-Soto said. “[They] stand back and do what they can to aid.”

“Every decision, everything that happens is from the mind of the student,” Lucchese-Soto said.

“I think that Felice’s is awesome for being a student-run organization,” freshman film major Jena Snelling, 18, said. “I think it’s really cool because with the social and academic life of college, they run a business very effectively.”

“It pushes you to be a more responsible, more well-rounded person,” Lucchese-Soto said as she described her experience at Felice’s Roman Style Pizza. “Felice’s has been the entire defining moment of my college career.”

According to Lucchese-Soto, she has worked at the pizzeria since its beginnings, starting as a pizza artisan and moving her way up to vice president of operations.

“I always look back at the store and remember when it was so bright,” Lucchese-Soto said. “The scuff marks on the floor show we’ve been through time.”

 

Dishes to Check Out at Felice’s Roman Style Pizza

Felice's Roman Style Pizza offers many popular types of pizza such as cheese, pepperoni and sausage. A one-half slice of cheese pizza costs $2.75 and a side of three cinnamon balls costs $1.75. / Photo credit: William Tolan

Felice’s Roman Style Pizza has a wide variety of dishes to choose from. A one-half slice of cheese pizza costs $2.75 and a side of three cinnamon balls costs $1.75.

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In addition to cinnamon balls, it is also possible to get cheese balls at Felice’s. A side of three cheese balls costs $1.75, a side of six costs $3.00 and a side of 12 costs $5.00.

According to Gaughan, the pepperoni pizza is one of the restaurant's most popular meals. A half-slice costs $3.00. / Photo credit: William Tolan

According to Gaughan, the pepperoni pizza is one of the restaurant’s most popular meals. A one-half slice of pepperoni pizza costs $3.00.

According to Gaughan, "Flyin' Hawaiian" (right) is her favorite type of pizza. A half-slice of a "Flyin' Hawaiian" pizza and a half-slice of chicken bacon ranch pizza both cost $3.50. / Photo credit: William Tolan

A one-half slice of chicken bacon ranch pizza, left, and a one-half slice of a “Flyin’ Hawaiian” pizza, right, both cost $3.50.

According to Lucchese-Soto, the margherita pizza (right) is her favorite. A one-half slice of margherita pizza costs $3.00 and a one-half slice of mac and cheese pizza (left) costs $3.50.  / Photo credit: William Tolan

“My favorite pizza is the margherita,” Lucchese-Soto said. A one-half slice of margherita pizza, right, costs $3.00 and a one-half slice of mac and cheese pizza, left, costs $3.50.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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