Yes, we were unhappy with our pizza from Oregano’s, but wanting a good pizza wasn’t the reason that we suggested Rocco’s Little Chicago (in Tucson) for our dinner with Mitch and Alex. We thought that this would be a place that they would enjoy.
Mitch and Alex both had busy schedules with responsibilities outside the academic world.
Mitch’s eyes lit up when he realized that Rocco’s serves the famous stuffed crust pizza made famous on numerous TV food programs as served at Giordano’s (Mitch’s favorite).
“Rocco's specializes in two ‘famous’ Chicago-style pizzas: stuffed and thin crust.…The novelty at Rocco's is the stuffed pizza, which is so far removed from the commercial variety that there's absolutely no comparison.
"Rocco's stuffed pies consist of two distinct crusts, one on the bottom and the other covering the top. At first, this may seem like an inordinate amount of bread to deal with, but Rocco's layers are both relatively thin and completely delicious.
Of course, Chuck and I chose the thin crust sausage with light cheese. This was the pizza we were looking for.
And the crust. Yes, it was thin. But Rocco’s manages to pack a lot of flavor into that thin crust. And that is not always the case with many thin crust pizzerias. A reviewer for the Tucson Weekly described it as “buttery,” and I would have to agree.
The sauce tasted of garlic and herbs with perhaps a hint of red pepper flake, the cheese was all mozzarella and none of that four cheese blend stuff. And best of all--it was cut into squares.
It was the Midwest pizza of our (Mitch’s, Chuck’s, and mine) childhood memories (and an introduction to Midwest pizza for Alex) right here in Tucson.