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Block Pizza Closed 7/3 & 7/4 For Independence Day Holiday


July 1, 2016

Block Pizza will be closed on Sunday July 3rd and Monday July 4th in observance of the 4th of July holiday. Thank you for your business and we look forward to serving you again starting Tuesday July 5th!

Best Desserts to Eat after Pizza in Downers Grove


February 11, 2016

Almost as good as pizza in Downers Grove is the dessert you get to eat afterwards. Nothing follows up a great pizza meal quite like a sweet treat. But what do you serve that will complement pizza rather than compete with it? Dessert is an indulgence any way you slice it, but there are a few stand-outs that are sure to be a winner. Here are some of the best desserts we recommend to top off your pizza night:
 
  • Sorbet and biscotti – After a flavor-packed pizza, something light and crunchy should be on the menu. The lightness of a fruit sorbet and the crispness of biscotti to dunk in your after-dinner coffee (or tea) is just the ticket. Change up the sorbet flavor based on the season: berry, lemon, or peach in the spring and summer, and pumpkin or spiced apple in the fall and winter. Want something a little creamier than sorbet? Gelato works, too—any flavor.
  • Fresh fruit – Continuing with the light theme, fresh fruit works nicely as well. Cut up apples, pears, and bananas and drizzle lemon juice over the top to keep the fruit from browning. Serve on their own or with melted chocolate as a dip. Another idea? Macerated strawberries (strawberries that have been sprinkled with sugar to draw out their juices and create a kind of sweet syrup) with a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Tiramisu – It’s hard to go wrong with a classic Italian dessert like tiramisu. The feathery layers of ladyfingers and cream with the traditional espresso flavoring are the perfect complement to a pizza loaded with rich and spicy flavors like pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, lots of cheese, and a red sauce. And here’s a little fact about the name: according to Delallo.com, tiramisu translates to “pick me up,” which either refers to the caffeinated zing from the espresso and cocoa in the dessert, or the idea that it’s so wonderful it seems to say to the person eating it, “Pick me up.”
  • Cheesecake – We know, we know: can a rich cheesecake really follow a rich meal like pizza? Well, if decadence is your middle name, then the answer is yes. Save time by making the quick, no-bake variety with a crushed cookie or graham cracker crust, which is just as tasty as the baked version. Just make sure it sets for four hours before you dive in. That’ll give you plenty of time to polish off your favorite pizza first.
  • Chocolate chip cookies – That perennial favorite of kids and adults everywhere also happens to be the perfect ending to a pizza meal: a fun, informal, eat-with-your-hands kind of dessert. For a twist, turn the cookies into ice cream sandwiches with a layer of vanilla ice cream in between. Or bake one big cookie in a pie pan and serve it in wedges.
When you’re in the mood for halal pizza, head over to Block Pizza. The perfect accompaniment to parties, small gatherings, or just a quiet night at home, we make our pizzas fast with the freshest ingredients. Call 331-777-5789 or order online for pickup or delivery.
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Special Dietary Needs? Tips for How You can Still Enjoy Pizza in Downers Grove


February 2, 2016

Pizza has become a staple in our American diets. But if you have a health condition or diet concern, such as Type 2 diabetes or food allergies, can you still partake? Fortunately, the answer is mostly yes, with some exceptions. The following information and tips will help you make diet-conscious choices when pizza is on the menu:

Diabetes
Because pizza is a complex food containing proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, it’s challenging to know how much you can eat and what to top it with to avoid high blood sugar. The following are some strategies for how you can enjoy pizza while also managing your blood sugar:
  • Stick to a balanced diet – Health experts at Livestrong.com recommend obtaining 40 to 60 percent of your daily diet from carbohydrates, 20 to 35 percent from proteins, and 20 to 35 percent from fat. So if you know you’ll be eating pizza in any given day, measure your other food consumption accordingly. This also means limiting the amount of pizza you eat in one sitting to help you avoid spikes in blood sugar.
  • Pay attention to carbs – It’s a good idea to limit your intake of refined carbohydrates (such as anything made with white flour) and to mix refined and complex carbohydrates with other foods. When it comes to pizza, thin or whole wheat crust is best. And ordering lots of veggies on top will help balance out the refined carbohydrates in the pizza crust.
Food Allergies and Intolerances
According to Livestrong.com’s allergen warnings for pizza, most pizza contains one or more of these top food allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. While there may not be a pizza option for every sensitivity mentioned above, here are some tips for getting around some of the more common food allergies and intolerances:
  • If you are allergic to dairy, order your pizza without cheese—or add delicious non-dairy cheese as an alternative. On the other hand, if you have a cheese intolerance particular to the source of the milk, consider this: mozzarella, parmesan, and cheddar are all made from cow’s milk—with the exception of mozzarella de buffalo, which is made from buffalo milk—and feta cheese is usually made with a mix of goat and sheep’s milk, although some feta is made from cow’s milk, too (check with your pizza server to be sure).
  • Stick to red sauces if you have a tree nut allergy, as the pine nuts used in pesto sauce can trigger an allergic response.
  • Wheat, gluten, and egg allergies can crop up because of the pizza crust, which is usually made with wheat and eggs, but there are available alternatives.  While it’s difficult to have pizza without the crust, you can still enjoy a salad with many of your favorite pizza ingredients and flavors.  
As always, check with your healthcare provider to make sure you’re managing your condition and diet appropriately. And check out some of our other tips to stay healthy when ordering pizza.
For the best halal pizza in Downers Grove, come on over to Block Pizza. We use only the freshest ingredients and have a full menu of toppings, signature pizzas, salads, and more. Call 331-777-5789 or order online for pickup or delivery.
 
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“Artisan” Pizza Explained: It’s about the Love of the Craft


January 28, 2016

When you hear the word “artisan” used in conjunction with a type of food, it’s hard to envision what that really means. Can anyone say they’re an artisan? Can anyone make an artisan product? Or is there more to it? When it comes to artisan-style pizza in Downers Grove, it all comes down to how it’s prepared. No packages of pre-made dough and factory-processed toppings being slid into industrial ovens with computerized controls. Instead, it’s about craft, skill, tradition, quality, and—dare we say—art. Find out more about what makes artisan pizza special:
  • It starts with the dough. It’s the daily job of the baker making the pizza dough to render it as flavorful as possible through proper fermentation, which takes at least 12 hours at around 65 degrees (and some even say up to 24 hours). And whether the dough is made by hand every day, or with the help of a mixer, the importance of a human touch to measure texture and overall feel cannot be overstated. The end result is dough that’s a little wetter, tackier, and more delicate than other dough, and therefore trickier to handle; not just anyone can get their hands around it. Once it’s baked, the dough has a crispy texture on the outside and a fluffy, soft texture on the inside—one of the hallmarks of true artisan pizza.
  • The oven is the key. To get that just-right texture in the crust, not just any oven will do. A wood- or coal-fired brick or stone oven is the traditional—and for many pizza makers, the only—way to go. The heat generated from the wood or coal is powerful (in traditional pizza ovens in Naples, the temperature can reach 900 degrees!), but the pizza only needs to bake in this type of oven for about 2 to 4 minutes before it comes out perfect and ready to be eaten. You may even see what looks like charred blisters on the crust, which add a depth of flavor.
  • Toppings have to be quality. With the right crust, artisan pizza can stand on its own. But everyone knows that the toppings make the pizza. From the pepperoni to the tomatoes, the sausage to the cheese, artisan pizza has to be topped with only the freshest of ingredients, and some pizza makers even like to source those ingredients locally whenever possible. Small-batch sauce, fresh-cut veggies and herbs, imported specialty ingredients, and cured meats that add authentic flavor—all of it matters. Think of it this way: even the toppings have to be hand-crafted and artisan in nature!
If you’re still curious, check out the rising artisan pizza movement for a passionate take on this time-honored approach to making good pizza, including a nod to its roots in Naples.

Located in Downers Grove, Block Pizza is proud to serve Neapolitan-style pizza made with only the best halal ingredients. Our menu also includes signature pizzas, salads, and grinders. Order online or call us at 303-777-5789 for pickup or delivery.
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