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Best deep dish pizza in Chicago?

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DavieBride Aug 29, 2007 05:42 PM

My husand and I are visiting Chicago next week and are looking forward to trying authentic, Chicago deep-dish pizza. Any suggestions for where we should dine?
Thank you!!

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    seconds Sep 2, 2007 11:46 AM

    Lou Malnati's is my favorite (I am a Chicago native and have eaten at them all!). Gino's East and Giordano's are also very good.

    1. mageras Sep 2, 2007 07:39 AM

      My favoirte is Pequod's on Clybourn..Carmelized crust, nothing beats it!

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        nsxtasy Sep 2, 2007 09:36 AM

        I don't know why people call the crust at Pequod's "caramelized", which implies that it's sweet. It's not sweet; it's burnt. I don't care for their burnt crust pizza at all.

        I much prefer the stuffed pizza at Giordano's or Edwardo's, or the pan pizza at Lou Malnati's or Gino's East.

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          Stagger Sep 2, 2007 12:35 PM

          I don't know that caramelized is meant to imply sweetness at all with regards to Pequads (or my favorite Chicago pizza, Burt's in Morton Grove). A steak that has been pan fried is carmelized but rarely does this reaction envoke thoughts that the steak will be sweet. Rather, in savory foods, it typically refers the the maillard reaction in the sugars and proteins that results in an overall depth of flavor. In fact the result of the maillard reaction often leaves a product less "sweet" tasting than the original substance.
          I understand if you don't like the crust at Pequod's (well I don't really get it cause I love all things "highly cooked" cheese ;) but I think that it would be fair to say that this is preference and not false advertizing.

      2. blondie60614 Aug 31, 2007 01:02 PM

        I like Pequods or Giordanos

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          kcp118 Aug 30, 2007 12:58 PM

          Lou Malnati's Deluxe with the Buttercrust. Also, add black olives to complete the experience.

          1. alamatmar Aug 30, 2007 10:00 AM

            I agree, Pizza Uno, Pizza Due or Lou Malnati's, those are great!. Every visitor we have in town HAS to go there and they all loved it. Just a Problem, take your time and be patient, becuase they are always packed, you'll wait to be seated, so order your pizza wheen you're in the waiting list, don't order once you're seated, because that will add anther 30 minutes to your wait.

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              amoncada Aug 30, 2007 09:24 AM

              Lou Malnatis on Wells or Wellington, Pizzeria Due on Wabash, and Gino's East on Rush street are tops. Do not try the Due or Gino's satellite locations as they are a terrible representation of the original.

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              1. re: amoncada
                abf005 Aug 30, 2007 09:45 AM

                I think Amoncada means don't go to the Uno's satellites otherwise known as Uno's Chicago Grill. And I wholeheartedly agree!!

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                  amoncada Aug 30, 2007 12:34 PM

                  Have you tried the deep dish at Gino's East on Lincoln and Diversey? It's truly disgusting stuff!

                  1. re: amoncada
                    abf005 Aug 30, 2007 02:19 PM

                    Nope, never been to that one, and thanks for the warning!!

                    But it can't possibly be worse than the Gino's East Liberty-vile location!! That place gets my vote for top 10 worst deep dish pizza's in Chicagoland, right after the Gurnee Uno's Chicago Bar(f) & Grill. Has everyone else noticed how the chain abomination of Uno's conveniently left out the word "Pizza" in its name??

              2. nsxtasy Aug 29, 2007 07:14 PM

                You'll find many, many opinions in these two topics:
                www.chowhound.com/topics/327474
                www.chowhound.com/topics/319254

                1. ChefJune Aug 29, 2007 06:35 PM

                  My favorite has always been the original Pizzeria Uno. Others are good, but none quite as good!

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                    Carbonizer Aug 29, 2007 06:05 PM

                    My personal favorites are Lou Malnati's and Pizzera Due

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