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Feb 25, 2013 08:43 PM

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

I vaguely remember it being asked a few years ago, but figured with all the influx of new pizza places that I should ask again. Is there anyplace in the Greater Vancouver area to get Chicago style deep dish pizza. Something along the lines of:


If not, why not? It would make a nice variety addition to all the new Neapolitan spots!

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  1. No and I place blame squarely on cracker lovers and their ilk-an ill meaning gang.

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      The "Thin Crust Gang" from the other side of Chicago ? ;-)

      1. re: LotusRapper

        I knew it! If any pizza entrepreneurs are reading - please consider adding Chicago deep dish to your offerings!

        1. re: flowbee

          That was one of the first places I thought of too (old school), but a check of their menu suggested they don't offer it. Neither does Boston Pizza.

          BUT ...... a quick inquiry to a pizza-fiend friend may have come up with a couple potential sources:

          1) Chicago Deep Dish Pizza in S. Van:

          2) And Hot Oven Pizza on Hastings in Burnaby:

          Not likely like the C-town's 2-3" thick cast iron skillet pies, given our west coast aversion to anything *that* heavy and caloric, but they might be as close as you can find for the time being.

          1. re: LotusRapper

            I went "No way, there's ANOTHER deep dish pizza place on Fraser in S. Van???" and clicked. It's the same place as Slice of Chicago (same address and phone number) but a completely different website! The menu is different (no Indian pizzas) but the prices for what is there seem to be the same... how strange!

            I can tell right away from the Hot Oven pictures that it's not authentic style either. That's a thick pan pizza.

            1. re: dustthouart

              Maybe this is your chance to start your own authentic C-town DDP joint !!!

              1. re: LotusRapper

                Dear aspiring restauranteurs,

                Please read this thread and take LotusRapper's advice to start a true Chicago style deep dish pizza joint.

                Your first customer


                Dear current pizza operators,

                Please read this thread and consider adding an authentic C-town DDP to your offerings.

                Your first customer

      2. The former Scott Hill Pizza on Fraser is now called Slice of Chicago. I have not actually had their deep dish. Their regular pizza is competent Indian style pizza of the kind common in Sunset (Camy's etc). I was actually thinking of getting pizza this week. If I get tr deep dish I'll report back. I have actually had deep dish in Chicago before, but that was 15 years ago, so I don't know if I'll be any judge of authenticity.

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        1. re: dustthouart

          I haven't tried it there - so I'd be very curious to hear your report!

          1. re: YVRChow

            This reply is just to upload photos of the pizza.

            1. re: YVRChow

              I hate typing on my phone so I just used it to post the photos. :)

              First things first: it's not authentic Chicago style. I knew it wouldn't be when the guy said it would be ready in 20 minutes. In authentic style, the cheese goes on first, then the other toppings, and finally the sauce, to protect the toppings during the long cooking (40 minutes or more).

              It was basically their regular pizza only with a very thick pan-style crust. Think Pizza Hut only less greasy and a bit thicker.

              It was definitely not worth the price differential because the amount of toppings was virtually the same. We ordered one super Hawaiian and one Shahi Paneer (no green peppers, no onions, extra mushrooms, half cilantro). I have gotten their Shahi Paneer pizza before so I am pretty sure the amount of toppings is the same. Yet the price was about $10 more. I don't think the increased amount of bread warrants that kind of price increase. Yes, it was very filling, but as I said to my husband, "If I just wanted filling, I could have had my pizza with a side of toast, and saved $9."

              I still like them for their regular pizza and will patronize them rather than Camy's or other Indian pizza places for regular pizza, but I wouldn't recommend the deep dish.

              1. re: dustthouart

                Thank you for trying it out, dustthouart. I appreciate you saving the rest of us from it......