27W101 Geneva Rd, Winfield IL 60190
The next stop on my pizza adventures took me to Jake’s Pizza in Winfield, IL. A friend and I were planning an exciting night of bingo and figured we’d better get something to eat first. I recommended pizza, as I always will. She chose this place; it wasn’t far from the VFW. It’s set in a small strip mall near a busy intersection. It looks like an old strip mall; there were some vacancies and the lot was faded. The lot was mostly empty of cars when I pulled in. I honestly thought the place was closed. There were some shades drawn down that didn’t help. A quick text to my friend and she assured me it was open and to go get a table. We got there about 6 pm on a Friday night.
There are two entrances, one says dining room and the other says bar/take out. They both enter into the same place and neither has the hours of operation. One table had a couple at it and there were two women behind the bar. One was on the phone and the other was playing around with something at the register. I stood there for a minute not quite sure what to do. Finally I spoke up and asked if I should seat myself. I was told to and the younger woman brought over a menu. I ordered a couple waters and looked over the menu while I waited for my guest.
While we were waiting for our pizza the place began to fill up. And as no surprise with a place like this there were a bunch of families. I think a couple people came in to sit in the bar area as well. The place is set up for easy cleaning and larger parties. There’s a couple TVs, a quarter vending machine with candy and toys, and a video game is pictured but I don’t remember seeing one. There was plenty of Italian pizza maker decor. The paper border was peeling off the wall in a spot. The bar side had Cubs and Hawks schedule banners up as well as other regular bar signage.
After my friend arrived the server came over to take our order. We went with a 14″ pizza called a Hot Pepperoni. It’s a thin crust pizza with pepperoni and pepperoncini. It was in the family favorites section of the menu.
It came out in about 15-20 minutes. It was a nice hot temperature. The crust was again thin, it was nice and crisp. There was cornmeal on the bottom so I assume they feed it into an oven rather than oil a pan and put it on that. There were plenty of toppings. And the name did it justice, it was hot. I like that. Normally I’m adding pepper flakes to my pizza but didn’t need to with this one. There was decent amount of cheese that wasn’t greasy. The sauce itself seemed a little bland to me. I like each piece of pizza to have crust on it. As you can see from the picture they square cut their pies. I still always forget to ask for pie cut.
Although pleasant, we didn’t see a whole lot of our server. After she took our order and brought us our cokes she didn’t come by again till she brought out our pizza. That was a shame since our sodas were flat. We did ask for new ones and those were fine. She did check back with us at one point asking if everything was fine. We ate for some time then realized we had to go; they don’t postpone the start of bingo. So my friend went and got a box and paid for the check at the bar. The total damage was $24.87.
Some final things of note. It looked like the owners were an older couple from possibly England. I consulted their website and it’s out of date. The last date on it was 2013 and says Fiona bought it four years ago. Prices are out of date too on the site I think, but I can’t confirm. I asked for a to-go menu at the restaurant but our server didn’t see one so directed us to the site. Aside from not updating the site there is also discrepancies in what they offer. In the same paragraph they offer nine drafts as well as ten drafts. Jake’s also has a pizza buffet weekdays till 2pm.