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Chicago Deep Dish (or stuffed) Pizza in GTA?

red dragon Jun 21, 2008 04:40 PM

After visiting Chicago and loving their pizza, I was curious if there are very similar/same pizzas to be found in the GTA? I know some Chicago pizzas are called deep dish and others called stuffed. We had the ones at Uno's, Giardano's and Lou Malnatis. It's the crust that is unbelievable delicious - hard to describe ... buttery, crispy, flaky, kind of like a crunchy tea biscuit?? Words fail me!!

So, does this exist in the GTA?


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    TexSquared RE: red dragon Jun 21, 2008 05:44 PM

    You'll have to go to Chicago Style Pizza Shack in Hamilton.

    Pizza in the GTA is hopeless. Nothing here compares to what they have in New York or Chicago.

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    1. re: TexSquared
      red dragon RE: TexSquared Jun 23, 2008 02:22 PM

      Thanks for the info! I'll try it whenever we're passing by. I agree, after tasting Chicago pizza - nothing compares imo. :(

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      jnine RE: red dragon Jun 21, 2008 07:15 PM

      This is going to sound very un-chowhound, but the best Chicago-style pizzas in the GTA are found in the frozen pizza aisle at Loblaws. Try the spinach, it is the closest you can get to Gino's in Chicago (my personal fave).

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        callitasicit RE: jnine Jun 21, 2008 08:32 PM

        I thought there was a place opening up in Richmond Hill that specializes in deep dish pies. Does anyone know about this?

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          TexSquared RE: callitasicit Jun 21, 2008 09:26 PM

          I'll be watching this thread for the answer to that one! Love to finally see a Chicago style place open up in the GTA since Hamilton is a bit of a trip...

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          red dragon RE: jnine Jun 23, 2008 02:23 PM

          I've tried it; it's ok, but not the greatest - just my opinion. Thank you for the feedback though.

          Edited to add: This was supposed to attach to the reply from jnine re: Loblaws frozen Chicago Style pizza.

        3. abscissa RE: red dragon Jun 22, 2008 01:44 AM

          What is stuffed pizza? is that like a two-layer pizza? or like Pizza hut where there is cheese in the crust...

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            TorontoJo RE: abscissa Jun 22, 2008 07:24 AM

            It is not like Pizza Hut's stuffed crust (ick). Chicago-style pizza comes in two forms -- stuffed and deep dish. Both have very deep crusts, usually 1 to 2 inches deep. Both have a TON of cheese, sauce and fillings. The stuffed version has an additional layer of dough on top of the filling.

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              abscissa RE: TorontoJo Jun 22, 2008 07:39 AM

              Wow, that sounds really delicious... now I am curious to try it as well...!

              (And yes, ToJo, we go to the same bruno's and I see you there all the time!!)

              1. re: abscissa
                red dragon RE: abscissa Jun 23, 2008 02:25 PM

                You must give it a try if you're ever in Chicago! I'm not a huge pizza fan, but when we were there last month - we had it 3 times in 1 week!!! You will be spoiled for Chicago pizza and not want anything else after that - in my opinion.

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            mac n cheeze RE: red dragon Jun 22, 2008 05:02 AM

            Chicago Style Pizza Shack in Hamilton
            It is a VERY casual place, no reservations, but the stuffed pizza is great

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              red dragon RE: mac n cheeze Jun 23, 2008 02:25 PM

              Thank you!

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