Being from Cleveland, "R" has traveled to Chicago and had "the real thing". I, on the other hand, have only experienced thick crust pizza that merely calls itself Chicago-style deep dish. When we all know that it's not. The online search didn't take long, and he stumble upon Danny Boy's Pizza in Rocky River.We literally jumped in the car and took off. I blame Bobby.
While I know that this is still probably not "true" Chicago deep dish, I think that it came pretty darn close. Take a look...As done on the Throwdown, the formation of the crust was a match, a layer of pressed sausage lined the crust (with a little sauce), and then it was topped with cheese before a final layer of sauce. Clean and simple. My only complaint is that the sausage had clearly been pre-cooked and browned up before it joined the other ingredients, because it was a little tough and hard to cut through. Also, our pizza arrived way too quickly for true Chicago deep dish to cook (typically around 40 minutes).
But...it did the trick and satisfied our craving. I am still a little salty with myself that we didn't order a plate of their fresh breadsticks. They looked great, and almost every table had them. The atmosphere was fun and family-friendly, and clearly very popular. Thanks for the idea, Bobby. I still blame you.
Danny Boy's Pizza
20251 Lake Road
Rocky River, OH