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Monday, March 13, 2006

Waldo Cooney's Pizzeria [Meeting #26]

Waldo Cooney's Pizzeria
2410 W. 111th street GoogleMaps

CPC invaded Waldo Cooney's on 3/15/06

Waldo Cooney's is a name many people associate with South Side pizza. It has 6 locations and was established in 1981. Mainly known as a take-out operation, it does have a few tables at each location. After calling another location, we chose this one because it had the most seats of any location within city limits. It had 6 tables with seating for 22. We were greeted by two high school-aged employees behind the counter. Now, maybe they thought we were older or just really lame, but I noticed halfway through the meal that the radio station they had on was playing bands like Wilson-Phillips, Celine Dion, Aaron Neville. Aaron Neville was a treat, but every other band on the radio sucked.

Ok, on to the pizza. We ordered 3 pies this time:

  • 18" Thin Crust, Sausage, Green Peppers, Onions, and Mushrooms
  • 18" Thin Crust, Green Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms
  • 14" Thick Crust, Spinach
The pies took about a half an hour to arrive, and were served unceremoniously in take out boxes. This is not an indictment of Waldo's, since they're not usually a dine-in establishment. They gave us plates and some knives and we got a free 2 liter bottle of RC-Cola. They have tons of Coca-Cola paraphernalia on their walls, but interestingly, in true South Side Style, they feature RC Cola. The pizza was, in a word, unimpressive. The two thin crust pizzas featured fresh ingredients and the sausage was average. The sauce was sweet and not overly seasoned, but was hardly present in any appreciable quantity. The thick crust pizza, not to be confused with pan or stuffed, turned out to be the winner of the bunch. I'm not sure if the spinach was fresh or not, but it tasted good and there was enough sauce so you didn't have to imagine tasting it. I think as a group we were all underwhelmed by Waldo's and it appears their reputation exceeds their quality; I hope that at some point they were able to actually meet it.

Our costs came to about $10 a person for these three pizzas. Incidentally, they have a great offer of a large slice and a pop for $2.89 if you're travelling solo.

Petey gives Waldo Cooney's a score of 4

The first victim...

Mmm... crust!

The club in action

Dave goes in for the kill!

Where it went down

Waldo Cooneys Pizza on Urbanspoon


  1. I was not a big fan of this place. I only tried 2 out of the 3 pizzas. Lets start with veggie pizza first. We ordered the green pepper, tomato and mushroodm (we nixed the onions). This was your standard thin crust pizza with nothing spiecial at all about it. The sauce was blah, the ingredients were blah, and the crust and cheese were blah and blah respectively. In other words blah, blah, blau, blah. Nothing stood out, except fort he fact that you could order these pizzas in enormous sizes (18 inches) which could serve 5-6 people or 3-4 of our pizza club members. The deep dish pizza was actually quite good. We order a stuffd spinach pizza which had a nice crust, decent cheese, and what may have been some real spinach. If you are stuck on the south side and Waldo's is the only place open, I would advise you to go for a stuffed pizza. Just be preparred to wait a while as it took a good 45min for the pizzas to come out. That is understandsble for the stuffed, but inexcusable for the thin crst veggie. (Granted, we did not specify when placing the order that we wanted whatever pizza came out first to be served.) I would give this place a medicore and generous 5 out of 10. This would be a 4or 3.5 out of 10 if it were not for the save provided by the deep dish.

  2. Simply put, I hate this place. Was even more disappointed than I was at Salerno's.

    They get a 3... not worth the miles & miles we traveled to eat there

  3. I don't hate it like everyone else, but I was let down. I don't even want to waste my words on this place. Very doughy, very plain, and at least cheap. If domino's is a 4.0, then I can't say this was worse.


  4. Don't let the pic of me posted on this site deceive you. I was as disappointed in this place as the next clubber. If you'll notice I look more angry in the pic than anything else. that's because I'm eating crappy pizza that tastes like cardboard. but, hey, I was hungry. And I'd do it all over the same way. we'll post another pic of me at a place with palatable pizza for comparative purposes. it will be all smiles.

  5. i'll add to the shit-storm. i disliked this place as well. flavorless cheeze (yes, it tasted like it should be spelled with a z), forgettable sauce, and blah toppings. the only thing i liked about this place was that if you wanted to go to the bathroom, you have to walk behind the counter and through the kitchen. on the way you get a glimpse of the pizza oven which was pretty neat. i decree a score of 2.

  6. Waldo Cooney's has pretty good deep dish and a below average thin crust.

    The deep: I think it's pretty similar to Giordanos. Basically there's a lot of cheese, decent sauce, and you can take or leave the big crunchy/stale end of the crust. I thought the cheese was tasty and the sauce was ok but not memorable. We got spinach and I think it would satisfy any vegetarian.

    The thin: pretty average. Over-crisp on the sides and soggy in the middle. You've had this crust before. Decent amount of sauce but forgettable. Sausage was pretty poor and reminded me of tombstone. The rest of the ingredients we ordered were average.

    There really isn't any point to dining in at Waldo Cooney's. The pizza still takes forever (even on a wednesday night)and the decor is high school cafeteria.

    Can't really recommend trying this place since you can pretty much get this average thin crust anywhere in the city and the deep dish you can get at Giordano's with better ingredients and less wait.


  7. I thought the pizza was pretty uninspired, but I did not hate it. The deep dish with the spinach was decent, very similar to Giordano's but not as good. The thin crust was your standard mediocre thin crust pizza with plain crust and chewy cheese.