California-based chain 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is planning to come to Evanston.

The company has filed an application with the city for a special use permit to open at 812 Church St. downtown.

That’s the long-vacant space in Sherman Plaza formerly occupied by the Untitled clothing shop, which opened around the start of 2008 and closed less than two years later.

800 Degrees specializes in thin crust pizza that bakes in just a minute — a model not-unlike that of Blaze Pizza, which announced plans in July to open a block away at 1737 Sherman Ave.

Blaze Pizza’s special use permit is up for discussion at the City Council’s Planning and Development Committee meeting next Monday.

800 Degrees will be going before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Oct. 7.

An 800 Degrees promotional video.

Blaze has about 250 shops around the country. The much smaller 800 Degrees has three locations in the Los Angeles area and two in Las Vegas.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Big difference with 800 Degrees

    800 Degrees is all fresh ingredients, not canned toppings like most others.  Their Neapolitan receipt is from Naples, Italy and 800 Degrees is run and founded by master chef Anthony Carron, the same who was trained under Michael,Mina and ran Aqua at the Bellagio for years.   There is no better authentic Neapolitan Pizza, anywhere in Chicago….

    1. Oh Boy

      Do you mean to tell us that it took training to produce what is pictured in this story. I hope 800 Degrees succeeds but as I understand it, Neapolitian Italian food usually fails in most American markets

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