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Chicago style thin-crust pizza in Seattle or Portland???

desperatelyseekingchicago Dec 8, 2006 09:18 PM

I'm a transplant, and while I do enjoy a slice of pizza here in the NW, I am really really aching for a Chicago style thin-crust pizza. I'm talking square cut ultra thin ,sigh. Anyone know where I can find one? Here is a link to the Wikipedia definition and a picture (very accurate). Look under thin-crust....


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  1. janedoe67 RE: desperatelyseekingchicago Dec 8, 2006 09:34 PM

    I wish I had an answer for you. I moved from Chicago 14 years ago and I have yet to see a Chicago thin crust here. I love the little "corner" pieces...mmm........

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      desperatelyseekingchicago RE: janedoe67 Dec 8, 2006 09:43 PM

      you and me both!!

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      MichaelG RE: desperatelyseekingchicago Dec 8, 2006 10:30 PM

      Pardon me, but I thought thin crust was New York and deep dish was Chicago. Never heard of a traditional thin crust Chicago pizza...

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        desperatelyseekingchicago RE: MichaelG Dec 8, 2006 10:49 PM

        no there is a variation on ultra thin crust that you can find at many neighborhood pizza joints in chicago. check out the wikipedia link, it expains exactly what I'm talking about!

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          Erik M. RE: desperatelyseekingchicago Dec 8, 2006 11:01 PM

          This always baffles those of us that actually live in Chicago. Deep dish is quite popular, yes, but not as much so it seems as with the tourists. The everyday, classic, go-to style of pie in Chicago is thin crust and cut in squares, or "tavern cut." The crust itself is generally quite crisp, and considered to be little more than a vehicle for delivery of the toppings. Purists favour sausage on their pies, with perhaps some chopped onions or mushrooms.

          Here's some discussion of the local greats, along with photos for your enjoyment:



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            extramsg RE: desperatelyseekingchicago Dec 8, 2006 11:07 PM

            Yeah, it's a really interesting take on thin crust. Crunchy. Very unique. Although I've only had it once, and this shouldn't reflect the quality, it most reminded me of a frozen pizza. See this link for pictures from some places in Chicago:



            I don't know any place in Portland that has them. But then, we don't have any real Chicago style deep dish, either.

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          Evan RE: desperatelyseekingchicago Dec 9, 2006 05:24 AM

          That's interesting, I'd never known where that style came from before. I went to college in the tiny town of Northfield, Minnesota, where there are not one but two Greek pizza places (this in a town of 10,000 people).

          Anyway, both of these pizza places offer a thin-crust pizza cut into small rectangular pieces. I'd never seen that style of slice before or since, and always wondered if it was some kind of Minnesota thing.

          The particular thing these places are known for (both of them) is gyros pizza, which is thin-crust, rectangular-cut, topped with chunks of gyro meat and served with little plastic cups of tzatziki sauce on the side, into which you dip your little pieces of pizza. Sounds revolting before you try it, but once you've had it, you crave it. Particularly after a long night of drinking terrible beer and cheap whiskey at college parties.

          1. patrick RE: desperatelyseekingchicago Dec 10, 2006 01:00 AM

            There was a place that served pizza like this in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where I grew up. Of course I probably wouldn't like it as much now, but back when I was 14 it was one of the best imaginable foods. Especially the corner pieces. I had no idea it was a Chicago thing.

            1. suppergirl RE: desperatelyseekingchicago Dec 10, 2006 01:56 AM

              Madame K's in Seattle offers great thin crust pies that are cut into 'party' squares similar to the chicago style you mention. It's a small joint that can fill up quickly on the weekends so there there may be a wait, but it's well worth it.

              They're located in the Old Ballard area: http://www.inballard.com/Webroot/mada...


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                desperatelyseekingchicago RE: suppergirl Dec 11, 2006 06:05 PM

                Thanks all for sharing and thanks suppergirl, I'm gonna look into that!!! I called my family back in Chicago this weekend and told them to order a pie from Fox's on western and think of me ;p

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                  janedoe67 RE: desperatelyseekingchicago Dec 12, 2006 02:35 AM

                  My last reply was removed, so I guess I worded that wrong. I'm gonna try again.

                  I was just back in Chicago and went to Fox's on Western (actually on the way home from the airport). In addition to the great pizza, I love their rubens and bbq beef.

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                kosmonut RE: desperatelyseekingchicago Dec 11, 2006 07:16 PM

                Having moved from Chicago 2 years ago I was happy to find that a family friend had moved to Portland and had opened Eddies Flat Iron Pizza. It is located on Killingsworth...and I must say It had The Chicago thin crust ZA down. Not quite as thin as say A "Father & Son" Thin crust, But quite tasty. Give a ring and ask for Eddie

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                  desperatelyseekingchicago RE: kosmonut Dec 11, 2006 09:04 PM

                  thanks kosmonut, I will!

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                    FoodGroupie RE: desperatelyseekingchicago Dec 12, 2006 04:52 AM

                    Killingsworth and what cross-street?

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                  taco_belle RE: desperatelyseekingchicago Dec 12, 2006 08:04 PM

                  "Killingsworth and what cross-street?"


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                    gobears99 RE: desperatelyseekingchicago Dec 30, 2006 07:30 AM

                    I moved from Chicago to Portland 10 years ago. Tough to find good pizza out here but I found the cure! Try Geppetto's pizza in Salem. They've got Chicago's square cut thin crust and deep dish nailed. I live in Tigard, but look for any excuse to get their pies. Luckily my wife works in Salem and brings em home when I'm good!

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                      extramsg RE: gobears99 Dec 31, 2006 06:38 AM

                      That menu's encouraging, right down to the 45 minute warning to bake a pie, plus the option of having stuffed crust. Now, if they could just put some pictures of their food in the photo section.

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                      vicsailgarden RE: desperatelyseekingchicago Dec 31, 2006 06:28 AM

                      I am not a pizza expert, but The Italian Spaghetti House and Pizzeria on Lake City Way is supposed to be really Chicago-ish.
                      Don't know about the square pizza though.
                      Also DeLaurenti's in downtown Seattle serves a square pizza -
                      "While it’s not saying much in comparison to, say, NYC, this is still the best place in Seattle to get Sicilian style square pizza slices fast." Their web site:
                      Good luck
                      Vicki in Seattle

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