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Help! Lou Malnati's or Giordano's?

jbrunenn Feb 19, 2010 12:00 PM

I will be in Chicago in March. I have never eaten Chicago deep dish pizza before. Which place is better? I realize that Giordano's is more of a stuffed pizza, i don't really care. I want the place with the most flavor.

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  1. njfoodies RE: jbrunenn Feb 19, 2010 12:07 PM

    Uno's is my choice....the orignal of course, however, when I was home over the holidays, we had both Lou's and Giordano's. I thought the Lou's was better. -mJ

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      gordeaux RE: jbrunenn Feb 19, 2010 12:23 PM

      I'd vote Lou's if I had to choose between the two.

      1. chicgail RE: jbrunenn Feb 19, 2010 12:45 PM

        You are unlikely to get a concenesus. Both have their fans. If it were me, I'd do Uno's or Due's (the original is still the greatest) and, if that's not possible, Malnati's which is a close second.

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          coconuttygirl RE: chicgail Feb 27, 2010 08:17 PM

          Definitely agree with that one - Uno really blows all the other deep dish out of the water.

          If you had to choose, I'd go with Malnati's. Giordano's really isn't very good IMHO.

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          libgirl2 RE: jbrunenn Feb 19, 2010 01:36 PM

          I like both!

          1. nsxtasy RE: jbrunenn Feb 19, 2010 01:45 PM

            I like both too! I like Giordano's slightly better, but I alternate between the two because I like both. However, if you've never had Chicago deep-dish pizza before, then the single-crust pizza may be a better choice - in which case I agree with chicgail's advice that the original Uno or Due are the place to go (assuming you're staying nearby), but Malnati's is also excellent and a very close (and similar) second.

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              ferret RE: jbrunenn Feb 19, 2010 02:40 PM

              Chicago pizza has a very limited gene pool. Lou Malnati was the son of one of Uno's/Due's owners and worked there before opening his own place. Another son later opened Pizano's (now a small chain).

              Giordano' s then begat Bacino's and Eduardo's (both had franchise relationships with Giordano's that went south).

              As far as the stuffed Giordano's line of pizzas goes, I don't find much difference between the 3 mentioned above. I gravitated to stuffed a lot more in my youth. As I got older i developed a preference for the Malnati's deep-dish style (although I had plenty of Malnati's as a kid, it was my neighborhood pizza place).

              1. tiffeecanoe RE: jbrunenn Feb 19, 2010 08:55 PM

                If I had to pick between those two... Lou's absolutely...

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                  HoosierFoodie RE: tiffeecanoe Feb 20, 2010 11:52 AM


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                  Shaggy RE: jbrunenn Feb 20, 2010 12:44 PM

                  I believe Giordano's has a higher cheese to crust ratio. If you like more cheese, you'll like Giordano's. I think Lou's is better personally because I'm more of a crust guy. I prefer Gino's, because they have the best crust in my opinion, it's more of a corn meal crust.

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                    nsxtasy RE: Shaggy Feb 20, 2010 01:18 PM

                    I'm more of a crust guy, and I like Giordano's better - particularly for its delicious edge crust. But I like Malnati's too.

                    The crust of Gino's East pizza has a characteristic yellow color. I don't know about the ingredients in the pizza you buy at the restaurant, but their ones sold in the freezer at the supermarket have no corn meal in them; the yellow in the crust comes from food coloring (FD&C yellow #5 and yellow #6).

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                    gomexico RE: jbrunenn Feb 21, 2010 09:58 AM

                    Of all the places mentioned in this thread, Lou's is my recommendation.

                    1. Alan N RE: jbrunenn Feb 21, 2010 03:26 PM

                      Lou Malnati's.
                      Seasoning and crust make this a very flavorful pie.

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                        jbrunenn RE: jbrunenn Feb 22, 2010 05:26 AM

                        Thanks for the advice! Can't wait to eat my first slice of Chicago deep dish!

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                          njfoodies RE: jbrunenn Feb 22, 2010 05:43 AM

                          You're in for a real treat! If there is one thing I miss about home other than Vienna Beef hot dogs, it is authentic Chicago deep dish! As I said above, Uno's is my go to, then Due, then Lou's, and finally Giordono's. Regardless, I would kill to have any of them out here on the East Coast, but thankfully we get back to Chicago a few times a month now to enjoy the restaurants I enjoyed when Chicago was still home. Enjoy the pie! -mJ

                        2. Scylla RE: jbrunenn Feb 24, 2010 10:44 AM

                          My vote would be for Lou Malnati's. Their sausage deep dish rules! If you do go there, get your pizza with "buttercrust." It's .75 cents extra, but totally worth it, in my opinion.

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                            nsxtasy RE: Scylla Feb 24, 2010 11:11 AM

                            I generally enjoy foods with a butter taste, but after trying both, I prefer Lou's regular crust to their butter crust.

                            If you're ordering more than one pizza, you can get one with butter crust and one with regular crust, and decide for yourself...

                          2. MikeB3542 RE: jbrunenn Feb 26, 2010 08:31 AM

                            Lou Malnati's and Giordano's make very different pies.

                            Lou Malnati;'s does a deep-dish style pizza. Honestly, I think it is the worst of the big three (Uno/Due, Gino's East, Lou Malnati's). Lou's crust is a way too greasy for my taste. It is a VERY successful chain, so they are doing something right, I suppose. My recommendation is to go to Uno/Due first and then head to Gino's down the street if the wait at Uno/Due is out of control.

                            But my real love is stuffed pizza, and Giordano's is the first and best. Started going there when they opened their first joint on 63rd and California (one of the brothers had his stereo propped up in a corner for tunes, and you had to buy beverages at the liquor store on the corner). That location, is gone and they have franchised, but gosh their pizza is good. Nancy's (NW Side) and Connie's (SW Side) are also really good.

                            If a Chicago-style pizza newbie, do know these are definitely meals, and not snacks. Also know that many great pizza styles are well-represented in Chicago, and many of those pies are best-in-class.

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