Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Chicago Takeover: The Food- The Pizza!

Deep. Dish. Pizza.

It's what Chicago is known for, and I couldn't wait to have some. Having never been to Chicago, I've never had "true" Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Danny Boy's is about as close as we can get here, and while good---it doesn't measure up.

Several of you suggested pizza spots for us to hit up during our visit, but one seemed to stand out.
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria.

As you can see, the wait was out the door. We were also a large group, so that would make it even more complicated to get a table. With a 7:00PM start for another conference event back at the hotel, we didn't have as much time as we'd need. The answer? Get the pizza to go! It was only a 30 minute wait.

We all went right for the Malnati Chicago Classic with sausage, cheese, and a vine-ripened tomato sauce on buttercrust.
Even after schlepping it back to the hotel in a cab, and then scrambling to find plates and utensils, it was still piping hot when we dug in.

Just look at this Chicago pizza perfection!
My only complaint was that the sauce was a little bland for my personal taste. A shake of red pepper flakes would have gone a long way for me, but alas we didn't have any available since we didn't dine in. The buttercrust was divine, the pizza was all cheesy and gooey as it should be, and I personally like the sausage patty approach over the crumbled sausage. This pizza was about as good as it gets for deep dish.

So, if you've been to Chicago, what's your go-to deep dish? Giordano's, Gino's East, Pizzeria Uno, Lou Malnati's?

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
River North
439 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 828-9800
Here is a list of all Locations. They also ship it!!!!


Crystal @EatDrinkClev said...

I've only been to Chicago once and we had Giordano's - it was fabulous!I can't wait to make another trip and try a different place. I'm pretty sure that all the big names you listed are good and I'd like to try them all - yum!

Heather said...

Giordano's! But our favorite pizza place is Chicago Pizza Oven Grinder - they make personalized pan pizzas!

Dave said...

Lou's is hands down the best. Gino's is a distant second and Giardono's is inedible. Seriously. I'd rather eaten frozen pizza from the grocery store.