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Best deep dish pizza?

I have eaten at Zacharys for years but after Little Star opened in Albany I decided that I prefer Little Star to Zacharys. Now Paxti's is coming to the East Bay (Lafayette) and I have friends who think that Paxti's is the best of the 3. Curious what other opinions are. Also what is the best crust option at Paxtis? On their website they list 2 kinds of deep dish: stuffed and pan pizza.

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  1. I'd order the "'pan pizza," which is the original Uno's-style deep-dish, like they make at Little Star.

    I've never understood Chicago stuffed pizza, which is the style Zachary's makes. That extra layer of dough topped with sauce is pretty much guaranteed to be soggy.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I'll have to disagree and say I really like stuffed pizza, in particular stuffed spinach. Better in chicago but still good at Patxi's and Zachary's. It's like a super doughy, super cheesy lasagna.

      To add to it, I'm not a fan of pan pizza. Too doughy/thick a crust for me. (which must be why both styles are popular).

      1. re: margieco

        I think Little Star's crust is thinner than Zachary's.

      2. re: Robert Lauriston

        interesting--i just assumed zachary's crust was bad--not that it was endemic to the style.

      3. I like the crust of Little Star much better than Zacharys. Havent had Paxti's yet.

        1. For me Little Star's sauce is the best and makes their pie better than Paxti's. Thei stuffed pie has a extra layer of crust on top. If you like carbs, go with the stuffed.

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          1. re: Nopa

            For me its the Little Star crust that's the standout. I love that cornmeal texture.

            1. re: Nopa

              The extra layer of crust in Chicago stuffed pizza is not on top, it's buried in the sauce. Thus it's boiled or steamed rather than baked, so technically it might be more accurate to call it a dumpling.

            2. Just had the Patxi stuffed pizza after the game yesterday. It wasn't a horrible experience, and it can technically be called a "Chicago stuffed pizza," but it doesn't hold a candle to the stuff in Chicago, I'm afraid.

              Now that I've had both Little Star and Patxi (note to both: please limit new locations to outside the City; you've opened enough locations there...), I much prefer Little Star. Still never had Zachary's.

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              1. re: dunstable

                Patxi's is as close as it gets to the Giordano's and Carmen's stuffed pizza I remember from my years in Chicago (93-97). Chicago has so many varieties of pizza (deep dish/stuffed/pan/deep pan, etc.) it's usually a stretch to make any kind of comparison.

                But I agree with you -- when I'm hungry for pizza here in SF the choice is always Little Star (deep dish).