Sbarro’s in Glenbrook Mall Food Court

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This is Sbarro’s at Glenbrook Mall Food Court as of this year.  Back when I worked at the Mall in 1985 it was just a walk up window like the other places to eat on at the food court, but it is now a full blown “cafe”.    Back when I worked at the mall, I could get a slice of pizza (depending on type) and a drink for around $3.50-$4 and it was the least expensive food court offering, but that was over 30 years ago; it will now be $7-8 and maybe Chik-Fil-A might be a little cheaper, if you can stand chicken products.  They now offer pasta and cookies, in addition to their trademark pizza and calzones.

They now offer pasta and cookies, in addition to their trademark pizza and calzones, of which there is now a larger variety; there used to be Cheese, Pepperoni and Sausage only back in the day.  They also offer bottled beverages in addition to what is now an older style of soda dispenser, but at least on the latter, the refills are free as long as you are in the dining area.

The white pillars separating it from the rest of the food court, cutting down on noise, is more peaceful if you just want to chill or read on a break, or giving you more privacy if you want to have a conversation without everyone and their brother listening in.  With the mirrored rear corner exterior, it also has a nice atmosphere.

The flavor or their pizza and calzones are ok; they have a little bit a spice in their tomato sauce, the crust is a yeast based and flavorful and the topping are usually fairly decent quality.   It is much cheaper if you get a whole pizza and best if you go in with a few friends and get one made to order as it will be fresh.  If you order pizza by the slice, it will be on display under warming lights and they then put it in the oven to warm it up, but be sure they leave it in long enough so it is fully warm and the cheese is melty again.   You don’t want to eat something like the pan pizza below where it is lukewarm in the middle and the cheese slightly hard.

The regular pizza is around $3.99 a slice and the deep dish pizza below was $4.99+tax. It is much cheaper if you get a whole pizza (think it is around$13-$14) and best if you go in with a few friends and get one made to order as it will be fresh.  If you order pizza by the slice, it will be on display under warming lights and they then put it in the oven to warm it up, but be sure they leave it in long enough so it is fully warm and the cheese is melty again.   You don’t want to eat something like the pan pizza below where it is lukewarm in the middle and the cheese slightly hard.

For “mall food” it is a decent deal, but if you can hold off, there are cheaper and better options at nearby Fazoli’s or Pizza Hut.

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