Lake Forest High School alums Ray Bozic and Jeff Urso have always been close friends – and big pizza fans. In 2011, they opened their first Donati’s Pizza in a tiny Lake Forest location; with success, they expanded the business to Mundelein and Rolling Meadows. Their newest location is in Lake Bluff, Bozic’s hometown, and this one’s a little different, featuring a four-minute, build-your-own artisanal pizza concept with unlimited toppings, similar to the Chipotle model of fast casual service. Not feeling adventurous? No problem. There are a number of specialty pizza combos to choose from, as well as salads and pastas. With two other “fast pizza” concept chains on the North Shore (Blaze Fast Fire’d and Pie Five) and another (800 Degrees) on the way, what sets Donati’s new concept apart? These are, as their slogan says, “Pies by Local Guys.” Co-owner Urso even did the construction on the new space, including some of the furniture. Now that’s personal.
205 S. Waukegan Road
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