Best Of Chicago

Best Deep Dish & Chicago Style Pizza

September 1, 2011 2:00 PM

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Connie's Pizza being prepared (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Connie’s Pizza being prepared (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Connie's Pizza being prepared (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Alternate title: obligatory pizza article.

It’s hard to write about Chicago style and deep dish pizza. It’s just heavy dough, some cheese, and a whole lotta sauce, correct? How do you even set one decent pie against another? How do you know the difference? It has to be impossible, right?

WRONG. What are we, laymen? Maybe. Possibly. I’m really not too sure. I don’t even know what that word means, to be honest. Regardless, here’s the plan: to go over some of the best pizza in Chicago, here and now, and to talk about what makes THEM great.

Here we go…

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223 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60606

What? Did you think we were going to name a bunch of places you’ve never heard of? The best is the best, even if everybody and their mother already knows ’em, and that’s why Giordano’s is on this list, because they’re the best.

They’ve got the sauciest, the doughiest, the cheesiest pizza, hands down. You’ll feel sick after eating there – ready to burst or vomit – but that’s a good thing.

Wonder if it tastes as good coming back up as it does going down…

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2204 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Bacino’s stuffed pizza comes with a sauce thicker than most, with gigantic tomato chunks that’ll fill your mouth up. Their pies are ideal for veggie lovers, with superb spinach and mushroom pizzas (vegetables? Gross! Am I right, or what?). Their sauce is also more spiced than most stuffed pizzas, adding extra tastes along with the usual tanginess of tomato that can, if we’re being truthful here, sometimes be a bit too much.

Pizzeria Uno

29 East Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611

The inventors of the deep dish gotta be mentioned, so here they are. Thick crust and mountains of sauce – they started it. They’re not quite as heavy as places like Giordano’s, so those who find some deep dish to be a bit much, this might be the spot for you. They also have a few menu of fine Italian fare. You know, in case you’re a wuss.

Art of Pizza

3033 North Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL

Art of Pizza is a hole in the wall. Literally. But that doesn’t hurt the taste of their thick and tasty pizza pies. With enough room to pretty much just stand, show up one afternoon and have a quick bite (that’s right, you can buy deep dish by the slice here). Or! Order out and pick it up. Personally, I like to eat at home. That way I can catch up on my Tivo’d soaps.
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Lou Malnati's

805 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605

Founded by original chef of Pizzeria Uno Rudy Malnati’s son, Lou Malnati’s holds true to a family tradition of great pizza. Their restaurants are top notch and all over the place. Their sauce, instead of relying on quantity and thickness (because people love their sauce to be viscus… actually, I mean viscous… I’d correct that mistake, but it’s too funny), is a bit thinner than some deep dish. If anything, this just makes their quality ingredients stand out.

Also, it’s my parent’s favorite. (But, let’s face it, their decisions are questionable at best.)

So there ya go! A little guided tour of pizza-dom in Chicago. What should you do now? First: comment here. Tell me what I missed. Tell me how generic this article is. THEN… go eat some pizza. That’s all.
Mason Johnson, CBS Local Chicago (Glutton)
Other great pizza lists include: Best Cracker Thin Pizza and Best Pizza in Chicago. Check ’em out!
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  • Teresa

    I love Giordano’s and Malnati’s; they are *excellent*. But the stuffed spinach pizza at Bacino’s is my all-time favorite! Once, while there with a group of friends, one member of our group — a tall, slender fellow — ate SIX slices of stuffed pizza! Honestly, I don’t know where he put it; I think he was hollow. ;)

    • Mason Johnson

      Speaking as a thin fellow (I’m likely to blow away in a strong gust), it’s not hard to find room for good pizza.

  • Paul Surowiec

    What about Geno’s East?

  • Tom Schumacher

    Eduardo’s is a glaring omission.

  • Roberta Waker

    Your parents’ decisions are questionable because they love Lou Malnati’s pizza? Are you kidding me? Lou Malnatis is THE BEST hands down and if you don’t appreciate their pizza, it’s your loss. A thick sweet sauce isn’t always the best and while there are other good deep dish pizzas in the Chicago area, Lou Malnatis wins every time.

    • Mason Johnson

      No no no no, Lou’s is great, they have many other decisions – not listed – that are questionable. Making me eat carrots as a child, for one.

  • Stuffed My Face

    Bert`s Pizza in Morton Grove is really unbeatable,hard to to get in but well worth it!!!!

  • Tara Derby

    Now I’m Hungry!!!

  • Lisa

    We’re from Washington State and are heading to Great Lakes for Navy PIR…any recommendations near the base? Our son’s one request, “I have to try real Chicago Deep Dish Pizza before I leave!”

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