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Chicago-style pizza

I am still trying to find somewhere to get Chicago style pizza that is not in the Inland Empire or in the Bay Area. I used to live in Berkeley and I really miss Zachery's.

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  1. I have no idea but would be interested to find out as well. Thanks for the post.

    1. The usual consensus is Tony's Little Italy in Placentia. People keep recommending Zelo's in Arcadia and it's just not right... and definitely not like Zachery's.

      Now, if only we had something like the Cheeseboard pizza collective in LA... that is some fantastic pizza, with good karma points to boot.

      1. As a former Chicagoan, Casa Bianca in Eagle Rock is the closest to a thin crust Chicago-style pizza, especially the sausage pizza. Zelo's is more gourmet style with corn meal crust in a deep dish pan -- owner is from San Francisco. Tony's LIttle Italy for stuffed pizza does look like a Chicago deep dish but thought it was just ok given the 50-mile trek from LA.

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        1. re: chowchi1

          Wow, you must have gone an odd way -- Placentia is about 30 miles from downtown LA.

          None of these places are Lou Malnati's or even Uno/Due. If you really need authentic high-quality deep dish that badly, Malnati's ships.

          Bear in mind that the lines at Casa Bianca are legendary -- it's my extremely humble opinion that the hour plus wait is not justified by the end result.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            encino area to placentia - 49.18 miles!

            1. re: chowchi1

              !00 mile round-trip for pizza – My Respect! If you liked Casa Bianca’s sausage you should also like Petrillo's. However, the regular pizza on Petrillo's menu is not a thin crust and it comes with lots of cheese – unlike CB. The cheese and sausage taste the same to me as CB but the crust is much better at Petrillo's. If you want thin crust and less cheese then just say so. The large pizza at Petrillo' is a Sicilian style rectangle cut into squares. The medium at Petrillo's is more like CB’s large round. The amount of sausage at Petrillo's is much more than CB. I have been told that Petrillo's is close to a Chicago / Sicilian thin crust style. Zello’s is NOT a deep dish. Deep dish pizza is closer to 1 ½ to 2 inches thick – all da way across. Zello’s pie looks and feels like an empty deep dish – not filled. After leaving Zello’s your wallet is also empty. The hundread mile trip to Tony's LIttle Italy for a DEEP deep dish is closer than Chicago.

              Petrillo's Pizza (Ask for thin crust and “pie cut.” A large pizza is a Sicilian style rectangle cut into squares)
              833 E Valley Blvd
              San Gabriel, CA 91776
              (626) 280-7332

        2. Masa in Echo Park has a pretty tasty deep dish that's one of their signature items. You should call in one hour ahead because that's how long it takes them to bake it supposedly.

          Masa
          1800 W Sunset Blvd
          Los Angeles, CA, 90026
          (213) 989-1558

          1. I'm a former Zach's lover and can tell you there's nothing here like it. For those who don't know, Zachary's is a stuffed crust pizza in the Giordano's school. For those of you who want comparisons based on the major Chicago "styles," here are the LA equivalents:

            Gino's East style with deep dish cornmeal crust: Zelo in Arcadia, though Zelo is much more californian in their use of gourmet/alternative ingredients. of course, zelo also won't do the gino's classic where they use a single pizza-sized sausage patty to top your pie, either... mmm... gino's...

            Classic deep dish (i.e. Uno's or Lou Malnati's): not a real fan of Uno, but the closest you'll find is Tony's Little Italy in Placentia. Or, if you really want it, you can drive to San Diego or Escondido for one. They also sell them frozen at some markets. Nothing compares to Lou's.

            Giordano's stuffed pizza: no equivalent that i know of in LA.

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            1. re: Bert

              I'm a big fan of Zelo but I have to beg to differ on it being Chicago style deep dish. I think Zelo is sort of in its own category -- e.g. California-style cornmeal deep dish. It's a one-of-a-kind.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I agree that Zelo's is not the traditional Chicago style deep dish but it is the only deep dish pizza in LA (not including OC) that really exists. Masa pales in comparison and I would never return after my subpar experience. Lou Malnati's is still my favorite by far. Hope to try Lefty's Chicago pizza in San Diego for their deep dish.

                1. re: chowchi1

                  I have to admit that I suggested Masa with some hesitation. It doesn't really compare to the incredible deep dish pizza I had while in Chicago (Giordano's), though I'd say in it's own right is a step up from typical pizza joints in this city (if that means anything at all).