Olive Theory Pizzeria, located at 1400A Butterfield Road in Downers Grove, celebrates one won-dough-ful first year of business. The pizzeria, founded by life-long Chicagoland resident John Kwok, dedicated its first year in business to giving back to the Downers Grove community and perfecting its fresh, made-to-order pizzas, pie sandwiches and salads.


“I built Olive Theory Pizzeria with the vision of bringing Chicagoland high quality custom pizza and a business that would be dedicated to their community,” said Kwok. “I am proud to say, that after our first year, we have helped thousands of Northern Illinois residents and are providing customers with pizza they love.”


In its first year of business, Olive Theory Pizzeria was rated the top pizza place in Illinois based on Yelp reviews according to BuzzFeed.


Also, through its 1/10 pledge, in which one pizza is donated for every ten pizzas bought, Olive Theory Pizzeria has impacted the community by donating a total of 2,246 pizzas since opening. In their first year the pizzeria has also teamed up with a number of well-respected local organizations that support the community such as Northern Illinois Food Bank, DuPage PADS, Catholic Charities, Downers Grove Area FISH Food Pantry, Elmhurst Yorkfield Food Pantry, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


“As someone who deeply values community involvement, I was thrilled to welcome a business like Olive Theory Pizzeria to Downers Grove,” said Martin Tully, Downers Grove Mayor. “We are so proud of the impact they have made and to have them be a staple in our community.”


At Olive Theory Pizzeria, guests enjoy pizzas, pie sandwiches and salads made fresh to order, in house and your way. Patrons are able to choose from Build Your Own pizzas or one of Olive Theory Pizzeria’s specialty pizzas including Buddha’s Karma; fire roasted garlic olive oil, mozzarella, mushrooms, spinach and Parmesan, and Darwin’s Natural Selection; classic red, mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, Italian beef, ham & bacon. Calzone-style pie sandwiches include Hermes’ Hoagie; garlic pesto, prosciutto, chicken, red onion, tomato, provolone, lettuce and garlic olive oil, and all are seasoned with Poseidon’s Blessing, a house blend of parmesan, oregano & sea salt. Olive Theory Pizzeria’s Build Your Own pizza concept and original pizza creations offer Downers Grove residents a unique pizza experience.


For more information, visit OliveTheoryPizzeria.com or call (630) 519-5152. Stay up to date on events on our Facebook and Instagram.


About Olive Theory Pizzeria

Established in 2015, Olive Theory Pizzeria promises to Eat Well and Do Good. Inspired by Greco-Roman mythology, Olive Theory Pizzeria’s mission is to create a business that promotes sustainable growth for the community through learning and education. They strive to inspire and empower individuals and communities through the love of food, learning and philanthropy. They also believe food is personal and should be made just the way you like it. That’s why everyone is encouraged to customize with a variety of house-made sauces, cheeses, meats, vegetables and finishes. Olive Theory Pizzeria is open daily from 11a.m. to 10 p.m. For catering call (630) 519-5152. Visit Olive Theory Pizzeria at olivetheorypizzeria.com, Facebook, and Instagram. For more information about their 1/10 Pledge, visit http://olivetheorypizzeria.com/pledge.html.


For every ten pizzas purchased while dining, Olive Theory Pizzeria will donate one pizza to support like-minded organizations who want to give back. Currently partnered with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to distribute “Pledge Pies” to community members who need it the most, the nonprofit is a member of Feeding America and works to solve hunger in northern Illinois through innovative programs and partnerships.