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Herbs and Drizzles: Little Extras that Make Pizza in Downers Grove Special

January 22, 2016

Here at Block Pizza we pride ourselves on the freshest, halal-certified ingredients. But a couple of our menu offerings really take our pizza to the next level, and that’s your choice of fresh herbs and drizzles to add. If you’ve never tried a pizza with fresh basil sprinkled over the top or that fiery zing of sriracha sauce, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Here’s a breakdown of all those little extras:

Fresh Herbs

  • Technically not an herb (or spice…or really even a vegetable…we’re told it needs a category of its own), chopped garlic is an outstanding addition to a pizza, bringing a powerful and pungent hit of flavor. Approach it with caution if you’re a garlic novice, but if you can handle the aromatic intensity, we tip our hats to you.

  • Wonderfully compatible with fresh tomatoes, fresh basil is also good for you. It’s loaded with antioxidants and essential oils, and contains high levels of beta-carotene, iron, and vitamin A. But we know you’re probably not adding it for its health benefits. Chances are good you know how amazing it tastes. And we agree.

  • Fresh cilantro is another herb we love. Ever try it on our BBQ chicken pizza? You should, since cilantro goes great with chicken. It also works with beef, so you can feel confident trying it with our Italian beef or other beef-based toppings like sausage, pepperoni, and bacon.

  • Finally, oregano. It’s practically ubiquitous when it comes to Italian seasoning, hence the reason it goes so well with pizza. “Oregano was almost unheard of in the U.S. until WW II soldiers returning from Italy raved about it,” tells us. How lucky we are to have it now. Add it with toppings like artichokes, chicken, mushrooms, peppers, sausage, or tomatoes…or all of the above.


  • So what’s aioli, exactly? In short, it’s a kind of mayonnaise-type emulsion seasoned with garlic. So if you’re a little hesitant about adding chopped garlic to your pizza but you still want a hint of garlic flavor, this is a perfect alternative. We’ll gladly drench or lightly smatter your pizza with it.

  • On that note, it’s also worth drenching or smattering your pizza in our infused olive oil, which is simply olive oil with added flavoring in the form of herbs—if you’d rather take your herbs in the oil variety instead of fresh leaves, that is. Or maybe you’d like both! We’re not going to judge.

  • For those of you with taste buds that can handle spice, we suggest the spicy sriracha sauce. We’re not sure who first got the idea to drizzle this sauce of Thai origin on pizza, but we’re glad it happened because it’s truly flavor heaven.

  • Not just reserved for the bottom, we can also drizzle our delicious creamy garlic alfredo sauce on top of your pizza. Basically we’re just saying that you should really embrace garlic, and that’s why we have so many garlic-centric options.

  • And last but not least is our café sweet chutney—a fruit-and-spices concoction with a sweet flavor that complements everything from cheese to meats to the pizza crust itself.

Try Block Pizza today for the best Downers Grove pizza. We have a full menu, including our signature pizzas, salads, and grinders. Call 331-777-5789 or order online for pickup or delivery.