Union Pizzeria opens in Evanston
STATE OF THE UNION Evanston residents with a taste for Italian have been eagerly watching the progress of Campagnola’s little sister space a few blocks away, slated to be called Wild Geese. The wood-burning oven went in, the paint went up, the tables were placed and chef Vince DiBattista started tinkering with dishes, namely the restaurant’s cornerstone: pizza. In fact, the pizzas became such a focus that just a week or so ago, owner Steve Schwartz changed the name to Union Pizzeria, and now he’s ready to open. More casual and lighter on the wallet than Campagnola, Union will attempt authentic Italian pies in classic combinations like the flag-waving Margherita and sausage with peppers, but also one sauced with bechamel then topped with arugula and prosciutto, and another that drizzles chile oil over lamb sausage, olives and roasted eggplant. If watching the pizza action at the custom-built oven gets your stomach growling, there are a dozen antipasti (pictured) and a handful of pastas with which to start. 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston (847-475-2400).