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Apr 20, 2005 01:34 AM

Real Chicago pizza

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Does anyone know where to get a real Chicago pizza in the Broward/ South Palm Beach area? I am talking about the original thin crust pizza that is cut in squares. Traditionally the sauce is slightly sweet and the sausage is a bit spicy. Even the 1960's invention of the deep dish pizza might do.
The Flicker lite on the Hollywood beach used to do an OK job about a decade ago, and Villa Rose on 441 in Hollywood is good, but not exact. There are handful of good Chicago hot dog and beef places so there has to be a real Chicago pizza place in South Fla.

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  1. The answer is no.I've been in and around Florida since 1976 and it just does not exist. In the 80's there were Uno's franchises in both Ft. Lauderdale (on US 1 and Cypress Creek, now an Outback) and Kendall.They of course prepared the deep dish type of Chicago Pizza. They are now both out of business. There are however, a number of Uno's in Orlando and one in Daytona and one in Melbourne.Even they don't taste the same as Chicago.But I digress. The real reason that there is no true tasting "Chicago" pizza either thin or deep dish is the water.I have talked to the cooks at a number of the Florida Uno's and they all told me the Chicago water (Lake Michigan) has a different taste than the more heavily clorinated water in Florida.A family from Naperville recently opened a pizza place in Stuart, Florida across from the courthouse on East Ocean blvd.They have ALL of their ingedients shipped in from the Chicago area.They TRY to make the type of pizza you are looking for but I've tasted it and it does not taste like Chicago pizza.It's the water.

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    1. re: daflabear
      s.m. koppelman

      I've heard the same line about the water when people whione about the absence of New York-caliber bagels and properly crusty, chewy Italian bread.

      Which would be all well and good if there weren't New York-caliber bagels in Florida (there are) and crusty, chewy Italian bread (there is).

      Which doesn't mean really good Chicago has to exist somewhere in the state, but the water's not the problem.

      1. re: s.m. koppelman

        Have you had a great bagel or nice bread that was baked in South Florida? Or better yet, how do you know what a great or mediocre baked good is?

      2. re: daflabear

        there really is no real chicago pizza other than in chicago. i have many pizza shipped from Giordanos and from Lou Malnatis. until there is some good pizza spots here in florida i would rather ship my pizzas in once a month...i cant stand New York Pizza...i might as well eat my paper plate...

      3. I have to begin this post with a disclaimer. I am not from Chicago and I am not an authority on "real Chicago pizza"... but having said that, my college roommate is from Chicago and when we took a trip there a several years ago, he took me to a place called Aurelio's pizza in his hometown in Illinois. I was suprprised that the pizza was thin crust, because I always think if thick pizza when I think of Chicago style pizza. Anyway, I digress...

        A few years ago when I was over in Naples, Florida, I ran across an Aurelio's pizza. It is actually a franchize of the restaurant that started in Illinois. I'm not sure if you are familiar with that chain, but if you don't mind taking a drive, it might be worth the trip. Here is their website:

        1. Villa Rose in Hollywood Florida- been there forever. They make their own sausage on premises. Cut pizzas into squares and is AWESOME!


          1. Coconut Grove in Miami has a restaurant called Chicago's that serves up deep dish pies. You could check that out! I'm not sure how it would compare with Villa Rose though since I've never been there.

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            1. re: mialebven

              We went two Sundays ago and it was horrible

            2. besides unos in north florida( not like downtown chi towns ) ive searched wide and far the only authentic thin chicago pizza in florida is pusateri's in stuart across from the courthouse on ocean, there is a place in hollywood called villa rose on 441 south of taft street that makes chicago thin thats awesome, they just dont know there making chicago thin pizza lol