In Memoriam: Antonio’s Pizza (2005-2016)
In what might be the cherry on top of a shitty 2016, the popular restaurant Antonio’s Pizza on Green Street has died at the tender young age of 11, due to Cracked food truck purchasing the space to open a storefront. Though the chain continues to thrive in other areas, the Green Street Antonio’s here at UIUC will be missed by plastered drunk and sober students alike.
The restaurant opened its doors in 2005 when Green Street began to build more restaurant space and someone said, “Yes, this is what we need. More pizza.”
Antonio’s will be remembered for the way it held its doors wide open for every drunk student stumbling home after the bars closed. The light and doughy aroma of the pizza led many into the establishment to sample some of the more popular cuisine, such as the ever-fattening mac n’ cheese pizza, and its equally famous noodly relative, the cheese ravioli pizza.
For years, Antonio’s gave campus absurdly large portion sizes and a welcoming environment, as well as a mostly functioning yet always stoned staff, who were willing to make new concoctions of pizza toppings specialized for the baked and hammered students.
Antonio’s passing leaves students with few other pizza-y options on campus. Now students will be stuck with Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, Mia Za’s, Papa D’s, and Rosati’s to meet their fierce pizza cravings.
Memorial services will be held at Papa D’s on Friday, January 20 at 5 p.m., where guests will be able to sample shittier pizza in order to fuel their sorrows even further. Students who wish to participate in a candlelight vigil at 3 p.m. the same day in front of the carcass of the storefront are encouraged to bring their own ravioli and elbow pasta in lieu of flowers.
On behalf of all Illinois students, rest easy sweet pizza prince. You will be missed.