In the far northwest suburbs alone, you can find new kinds of pizzas topped with such relatively healthy ingredients as kalamata olives, artichokes, asparagus, poached pears and even arugula tossed in raspberry vinaigrette,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“But Chicago is known more for its broad shoulders — and even bigger bellies — so it should come as no surprise that somebody would come up with a pizza that would put the culinary universe — if not cholesterol levels — in balance.

That somebody would be the folks at the local Rosati’s chain of pizza places, who have teamed with Vienna Beef to create a chili cheese dog pizza. The thin crust pie will be unrolled in the Chicago market, then to its restaurants in six other states starting in July to coincide with National Hot Dog Month.

Vienna Beef’s Jim Locaciato said the project involving the two well-established Chicago-area companies has been underway for about 1-1/2 years.”

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