You Gotta Eat: Aurelio's

By WEEK Producer

June 12, 2014 Updated Jun 16, 2014 at 4:13 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A long time restaurant in Peoria changed ownership and names earlier this year.

The specialty is the same, but most everyone will tell you everything is a lot better now.

Eric Greene takes us there in this week's You Gotta Eat.

This location, at 3821 North Sterling in Peoria, was the long time home of Pizza Inn. But in mid-January, it morphed into Aurelio's.

This is the 46th Aurelio's. The company is based in the Chicago suburb of Homewood. It prides itself on being different, serving real Chicago Pizza -- thin, thick and stuffed.

This Aurelio's is a family affair. General Manager Brian Pearson is the son of the owners, John and Sara. When they bought Pizza Inn, it was their intent to keep it Pizza Inn.

Everything smelled so good it was near impossible not to order the whole menu.

Photographer Doug Smith and I went for a couple of appetizers, the perfectly seasoned garlic bread and the sumptuous cheese-filled bosco sticks.

We both got individual ten-inch pies. Doug went thin with pepperoni and pineapple, and I went thick with pepperoni, sausage and onion.

Doug's crust was very thin, like matzo, which didn't load him down. My thick crust was a puffed up version of the thin, not too heavy, and the sausage was, no doubt, the best I have ever had on a pizza.

For a pizzeria competing in a tough marketplace, Aurelio's is getting quite a bit of return business.

Oh yes, the check. For two appetizers, two ten-inch pies and soft drinks, our bill came to $50.33.

A great meal, with great service.

I am full. And Eric Greene.