I remember the Tivoli Tap and the Tivoli theater there on west 5th avenue between Horace Mann HS and downtown Gary. Grew up in Brunswick and graduated from Edison HS in 1963. Went to the Tivoli theater quite a few times as a kid and had pizza a few times from the Tap although I can’t remember much about its taste. Our family favorite was Flamingo pizza on 5th avenue a couple blocks west of Broadway. There is now Flamingo Pizza of Miller which claims to be descended from the original 5th avenue location and using original recipes from that location. I tried one last fall on a trip to that area – It was quite good but only vaguely reminded me of the unique original 1950’s/60’s flavor. I think pizza ingredients have changed too much over the last 50 years and think it near impossible to exactly reproduce a by gone taste. It’s worth a stop if you’re in the area and have time. Fifth avenue and Broadway and downtown Gary are in sad shape now- blighted to the nth degree.
Wow! Another one who remembers their food!
Unfortunately, I live in Virginia and I can’t get any feedback from Maxims ref recipes, shipping occasional pizza to me, etc.
They just won’t even respond. Really sucks.
I was supposed to go back there this week but a daughter in the hospital again changed my plans.
Paully – I’m from Gary – graduated from Horace Mann – "lived" at Tivoli Tap and remember both the pizza and the beef sandwiches. Another spot that comes close to their pizza is John’s which now has a place in Crown Point. As far as good beef sandwiches – Taylor Street in St. John along US 41 is great. Thanks for the memories!
Has anyone ever tried Tivoli Tap pizza? It is my favorite, with, among other things, a sausage taste better than anything I’ve tasted in my 60+ years.
The Tivoli Tap was in Gary, on 5th Avenue; it went under a long time ago, but that pizza recipe, which is well known locally, is being made at Maxims on 73 Street in Merriville, which is south of Gary a few miles.
If you are ever near, it’s worth a visit. Remembering back into the 60s, people came often from as far away as Whiting and Cal City just for that pizza. Plus, their roast beef sandwich, with the peppers, etc………….oh well.
To everyone who loved Tivloi tap pizza;
I just found this blog and I was reading all of your comments regarding tivoli tap pizza. Well my family owns Maxims Restaurant in Merrillville, Indiana, and we have the original tivoli tap pizza. We have a huge pizza menu. We just shipped out 3 pizzas for the first time about a week ago to tennessee to a customer who also grew up on tivoli tap food from gary. The customer paid for the shipping, and recieved the pizzas the next afternoon after they were shipped out. If you are interested in ordering some pizzas please email us at [email protected]…..our website is currently being updated but I believe we have the pizza menu on there…….its http://www.maximsrestaurant.com……have a great day!
Tivoli Tap Pizza/NW Indiana
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