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REAL New York Style Pizza in Chicagoland?

Tim V Sep 27, 2004 05:26 PM

My wife grew up on the East Coast and is now truly a Chicagoan. But she does miss her New York Style pizza very badly.

Is there anyone in the Chicago area making TRUE New York style pizza? She's really looking for recommendations from transplanted New Yorkers only, as others that thought they've found the real deal have disappointed. (Any tips on east-coast style chinese food would also be appreciated- big fat egg rolls, bowls of crunchy noodles as soon as you sit down...)

She's in the 7th month of pregnancy now, so while she hasn't officially craved food from the old stompin' grounds yet, I'm sure she will be comforted by anything that gives her a taste of where she grew up.


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    Adam RE: Tim V Sep 27, 2004 05:54 PM

    It took me over four years to find, but Cafe Luigi on North Clark has solid New York Style pizza.

    Sounds like you're in the burbs though so you may be screwed.

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      Tim V RE: Adam Sep 28, 2004 01:46 PM

      Thanks, Adam!

      Distance from our house in the burbs to Cafe Luigi: about 8 miles.

      Distance from our house in the burbs to NYC: about 800 miles.

      So as I see it, we are far from screwed. The glass is definitely half full (or is it the crust is half folded-over?)

      Thanks again for the tip!

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        Mama-Marias.com RE: Tim V Oct 2, 2004 07:22 PM

        There is a place (forgot the name) on State and Division (south side of Division street) that serves an excellent slice of NY style pizza, powdered crispy bottom, chewy yet thin center, large triangle cuts, bubbling and lightly greasy cheese taunting you with every bite. Yum.

        There is also Gigio's in Evanston which is undoubtedly the best NY style pizza in that surrounding area:
        1001 Davis Evanston, IL 60201


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          Chicago Mike RE: Mama-Marias.com Oct 7, 2004 12:49 AM

          There is a place (forgot the name) on State and Division (south side of Division street) that serves an excellent slice of NY style pizza, powdered crispy bottom, chewy yet thin center, large triangle cuts, bubbling and lightly greasy cheese taunting you with every bite. Yum.

          This place is so over-priced. like 3.50 a slice or something, and not that good. It's there to feed off the drunks at nearby Rush street bars.

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            Emily RE: Chicago Mike Oct 20, 2004 05:19 PM

            Tim -- try Luigi's at Clark just North of Deming. It's been called the best NY style pizza in the city.. she won't be disappointed; nor, will baby. :)

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              Emily RE: Emily Oct 20, 2004 05:42 PM

              Correction: It's called Cafe Luigi.. the link from Metromix is here, along with the raving reviews:


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                NicNaj RE: Emily Dec 9, 2004 06:33 PM

                I too am a New York transplant and would love to have some New York Style Pizza. Does anyone know if there is a place near or in Oak Park?

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            Dan Silverburg RE: Mama-Marias.com Oct 29, 2004 06:27 PM

            The place on State and Division is the only thing close to NYC style pizza I have had since moving here 3 years ago from 96th and Broadway.

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              weinstein5 RE: Mama-Marias.com Sep 21, 2007 10:12 AM

              I second Gigio's - excellent NY style pizza - down to being served on paper plates and garlic powder is available -

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          Pauly RE: Tim V Sep 27, 2004 06:49 PM

          From this transplanted NY'er ( Massapequa Long Island, alias Matzoh-Pizza)

          Best NY Pizza- Renaldi's- Broadway, Just North of Diversey in Lakeview area- cheesy, and just that right amount of grease!!! triangle slices, not those silly squares

          Best Chinese- For a bowl of those crispy noodles to dip in the mustard and duck sauce while awaiting your meal, the only place I've found is Best Hunan in Vernon Hills- in a strip mall off Milwaukee Ave

          Best Chinese in Chicago that will remind you of NY- Peking, on Halsted, just South of Belmont- Great for takeout, not a place to dine- They serve the thick, crispy noodles with the takeout orders- BIG eggrolls- best Hot and Sour Soup in Chicago- and great combo dinners with fried rice and eggroll all in the $6-7 range

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            JAN RE: Pauly Sep 27, 2004 07:19 PM

            We love our silly squares!

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              RSMBob RE: JAN Sep 28, 2004 03:14 AM

              ...and we prefer our crust to be fully cooked and the pizza itself not dripping with grease.

              All kidding aside, NY pizza is great. The different styles of pizza are debatable to no extent...I choose to enjoy them all!

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              Tim V RE: Pauly Sep 28, 2004 01:34 PM


              Thanks so much for your suggestions! My wife is thrilled and I know we'll be travelling into the city soon to try these places out!

              The irony, of course, is that 3 years ago she lived at Diversey and Halsted and we never discovered Renaldi's or Peking! Better late than never!


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                Chicago Mike RE: Pauly Oct 7, 2004 12:47 AM

                Don't get too excited about Renaldi's... or the nearby Luigi's on Clark.

                The best slice close to NY style I've had in Chicago is at the place in the basement under the Fox & Obel grocery... think it's called Taste of Italy. But kind of out of the way, in Streeterville heading towards Navy Pier.

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                  Aaron D RE: Chicago Mike Oct 7, 2004 10:24 AM

                  I liked Slice of Italy too, but unfortunately it's been closed as that building continues its transformation into the River East Arts Center.

                  Link: http://www.lthforum.com

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                Jamieson S RE: Tim V Sep 27, 2004 09:07 PM

                Is Garibaldi's still around? It was located out in Hoffman Estates near South Barrington in the Barrington Square 6 strip mall on Barington Road and Golf (I think that is where it is). Used to go there as a kid transplanted from NJ and loved their pizza (cause it was foldable).

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                  Kim RE: Jamieson S Sep 28, 2004 11:37 AM

                  Garibaldi's is still there. And there pizza is really BAD, don't waste your time.

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                    Jamieson S RE: Kim Sep 28, 2004 03:09 PM

                    Well should have mentioned that I have not been to Garibaldi's since 1994 or so but back then it was quite tasty! ;)
                    Why is it so bad now?

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                      Kim RE: Jamieson S Sep 28, 2004 06:25 PM

                      There just wasn't any taste, the sauce was very thin, and the crust was soggy. It's very hard to find good pizza out there.

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                  Kenny RE: Tim V Sep 28, 2004 08:34 AM

                  As a born-and-raised NYer, I searched far and wide in Chicago for NY pizza. There is one - only one - place that does it very well. Run, don't walk, to Santullo's on North Avenue in Bucktown.

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                    Tim V RE: Kenny Sep 28, 2004 01:35 PM

                    Since she's pregnant, I guess I'll have to do the running!

                    Thanks, Kenny!


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                    mike shefler RE: Tim V Oct 31, 2004 09:30 PM

                    CENTER. DUNDEE & SANDERS ROADS

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                      qzq RE: mike shefler Nov 29, 2007 04:19 AM

                      Drove from the far southwest burbs all the way up to Northbrook on this tip about Marisa's, to satiate my Long Island Wife. Don't bother. The pizza is fine, but no better (and no more New York) than anything you can find in just about any neighborhood in the city. So if you're going to search for NY style pie, pass this one up. Don't get me wrong, If you live in the neighborhood, give it a shot-just don't waste $3 a gallon gas and think you're going back back to Brooklyn.

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                      angryellowdevil RE: Tim V Sep 21, 2007 10:07 AM

                      If you're in the North Shore area, try New York Slices in downtown Highland Park on Second St. The guys are from New York and the place even looks like a New York subway. The pizza is foldable, good, and hot. Chef Bruno taught one of the owners how to make pizzas and it's darn good here.

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