By Tim Moran
As the winter holidays approach, it’s time for residents in Beverly and Morgan Park to start preparing their family dinners. For many, this cannot be complete without a good pie.
We’ve rounded up some of the best local options to pick up the popular dessert item.
Pies by Fasano
Peter Fasano has been a pie enthusiast ever since he was a young boy growing up at 105th and Hamilton in Beverly. After all, his family name has been synonymous with pies on the South Side for more than 75 years now.
His delicious treats are available every Saturday from 9 a.m. until sellout, in the Pies by Fasano truck parked in the parking lot of Brother Rice High School.
Fasano also partners with Brother Rice for what has turned into one of the South Side’s favorite pre-Thanksgiving traditions over the past dozen years. He said he sells “hundreds upon hundreds” of pies in the school’s parking lot or overhang near the gym entrance on the day before Thanksgiving as part of a fundraiser for the school.
Fasano said key lime, chocolate cream, and, of course, pumpkin are usually the most popular pie flavors once the holiday season approaches.
“Pumpkin goes straight to the moon until Thanksgiving, and then it’s done,” Fasano said, adding that chocolate cream pie becomes the number one seller come December.
Customers can order theirs online at piesbyfasano.com.
Among the most long standing bakeries in the area is Wolf’s, which has been on 95th Street just west of Kedzie Avenue in Evergreen Park for more than 80 years.
“Order an apple pie,” the business’ voice message recording states when calling the shop. Call 708-422-7429.
Apple pie is also the most requested pie at Beverly Bakery, 10528 S. Western Ave.
“We do pies to order all year long,” Beverly Bakery owner Jean Quigley said. “During the holidays we sell apple, pumpkin, cherry, chocolate mousse and banana cream. Thanksgiving and Christmas are big pie days.”
Contact Beverly Bakery at 773-238-5580.
The neighborhood’s beloved grocer is also an option.
In addition to pumpkin pie, apple, dutch apple and apple, walnut pies are baked fresh daily at County Fair Foods, 10800 S. Western Ave.
Co-owner Chrissy Baffes said the store also has an assortment of pies from The Elegant Farmer, which are “not easy to find around here.”
“They are delicious and super sweet,” Baffes said.
Elegant Farmer pie flavors at County Fair include apple, apple caramel and cherry.
Looking for just a slice? Ain’t She Sweet Cafe, at 9920 S. Western Ave., has an assortment of to-go pie slices at their front counter.