come for the food, stay for the story

For a decade, Spacca Napoli has made pizza faithful to the authentic Neapolitan style. Dough is tended daily as a blend of love and craft and baked in an oven built by third and fourth- generation artisans from Napoli. Ingredients are carefully sourced from trusted vendors, many of which are unavailable anywhere else in Chicago. Wines and music are selected to create just the right experience and mood.

That Neapolitan style is about more than what you’re eating. It’s about a way of life. An abundant Italy. The spirited markets, robust street scene, enticing aromas and tastes that transport you to the heart of Naples. Spacca Napoli preserves and elevates hearty, rustic dishes in a beautiful space, while showcasing the essence of our family's Italian experience.


We want to share our love of Italy with you. Every object, piece of art and element in our restaurant is alive with a memory and a relationship. Ask us about it. Or, learn more about our Italy and the Naples’ pizzerias of Di Matteo, Starita, Trianon from where we take inspiration as well as what’s new at Spacca Napoli in our most recent travel letter.


a better pizza, everyday

Each morning, Jon Goldsmith walks the four blocks from home to Spacca Napoli. As he greets the day, he greets the dough. A certified pizzaiuolo, Jon embraces being part of the guild, the lifelong process of training for an artisan who lives in service of making pizza. A communicator and facilitator, food and community are at the heart of his work. Regular travels to Italy allow him to serve as a translator of his experiences abroad, and he brings that deep knowledge and passion to every dish.


the art of soul

Ginny Sykes, Jon’s partner in life and food, works from her studio upstairs. Her hand can be seen in the art and soul of the restaurant. Beyond her own works, she believes Spacca Napoli is a place to show and support art and culture. Lithographs and crafts, furniture and material culture, Spacca Napoli brings the spirit of Italy into everything they dopeople, relationships and an Italian-infused cultural exchange to Chicago.

Building more than a restaurant

Together, they’ve built Spacca Napoli on the power of being open to experiences, the serendipity of asking a question, the belief that a restaurant must be about more than food. After first visiting Italy on their honeymoon, Jon and Ginny returned with their young daughter Sarah for an artist’s residency. Ginny spent her days painting while Jon cared for Sarah, shopping in the markets and becoming immersed in the generosity, hospitality and simplicity of La Dolce Vita. Their love affair with Italy—the culture, food and way of life, blossomed. It wasn’t until a serendipitous flight to Italy and a longing to return again and again that the idea for a Naples-inspired pizza restaurant was born.

Read about the conversation that led to Spacca Napoli.

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Your Third Place

Through the centuries, people have joined around tables to break bread. That idea of a third place, outside of work and home, stresses that we are all part of an experience bigger than ourselves. Enjoy the seasonal dining patio space for spring and summer al fresco dining. Gather in the warm spaces designed for private events and parties. Grab your favorite table and dig in.

Over the decade that Spacca Napoli’s doors have been open we’ve been a part of countless life celebrations. First dates, birthdays, engagements, rehearsal dinners, even an impromptu wedding all highlight how lives, community, food and memories are woven together. Get in touch to schedule your celebration!

Spacca Napoli Pizzeria
1769 W. Sunnyside Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640


Monday: closed
Tuesday: 11:30-9:00pm
Wednesday: 11:30-9:00pm
Thursday: 11:30-9:00pm
Friday: 11:30-10:00pm
Saturday: 11:30-10:00pm
Sunday: 12:00-9:00pm

Reservations Accepted. Reservations are held for 10 minutes. All party members must be present to be seated. No reservations for patio seating.

Want more? Read our Journal, where we share travel and food stories and more about Spacca Napoli events. Settle in and view some of our rich Video archive. Visit our Community page to learn more about the producers, staff, pizza friends and associations that inspire our passion for pizza. There you’ll also find cultural notes on music, books, wine and our top Italy travel recommendations. Enjoy!