I think Burt learned his Pizza making skills on the job at his first place, The Inferno, in Evanston. He started there after it was already opened by a couple of other guys. After learning the ropes, he moved on to open Gulliver’s then Pequod’s and finally Burt’s Place.
Pequod’s is still a favorite for my wife and me. We were pretty upset when my sister moved from Lincoln Village as we thought that was going to be the end of our Pequod’s days. But last time we visited we discovered that Winnetka is not too far from the Morton Grove location. It’s only like 7 miles down 94. Very interesting location. It’s literally in the middle of a neighborhood. Like you’re driving down this street of all houses thinking the GPS has screwed up and then there it is. It was just as good as we remembered.