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Apr 4, 2005 09:32 AM

NYC Chowhound visiting Chi: Best Deep-Dish Pizza?

  • r

I can only imagine how many times this board gets this question -

I am visiting Chicago tomorrow for the first time ever, and can not leave without tasting a classic Chicago deep-dish pizza...Any advice on where to eat?

Many thanks in advance!

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  1. BTW - we are staying at the Omni on Mich Ave...
    Many thx for the suggestions...

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    1. re: rb

      My favorite is Chicago's Pizza which has 2 locations in Lincoln Park/Lakeview.
      It is more of the stuffed variety than Lou Malnati's or Uno, which are thick, but not stuffed. If you want to stay downtown, Giordano's is a good bet for stuffed pizza too (not quite as good as Chicago's, but right near the Omni), and you can decide for yourself between the style difference of thick vs. stuffed chicago style pizza.

    2. b

      I'd reccomend you go to Lou Malnati's, . Ask for it with the butter crust and a little extra cheese and you can't go wrong! Also get as an appetizer the cheddar cheese cubes, great! When in Chicago be sure to get an italian beef as well, Johnnie's beef on North avenue is the best or close to downtown, Mr. Beef (A Jay Leno favorite) is good.

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      1. re: BRIAN SCHWARRTZ

        I second the Lou Malnati's recommendation, definitely with butter crust. Also, the Lou's salad is very good to start with. There is a location at Hubbard & Wells, across from the Merchandise Mart, that will be a short cab ride away.

      2. Lou Malnati's has very good Chicago-style pizza, as do Pizzerias Uno and Due. Pizzeria Due probably is my personal favorite choice, and it's conveniently located at 619 N. Wabash Avenue.

        1. I suggest Pequod's on Clybourn. Definitely Chicago. Definitely not your run of the mill joint.

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          1. re: HT

            ...Good pepperoni. But the drawback is that it's almost always filled with loud college-age and 20somethings...if you like that kind of scene.

          2. w

            Original Unos is better than the clones by far...
            Gulliver's on Howard is FANTASTIC
            Lou Malnati's is similar and very good
            Nancy's on Broadway...(?!) My wifes sister from out of state goes nutty for it... it's also pretty good.

            I personally stand by Gulliver's.
            Lou's is more convenient for you and is definitely a great Chicago deep dish