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Deep dish pizza in Dallas/Fort Worth area?

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Does anyone know of a pizza place that serves Chicago style deep dish pizza in the Dallas/Fort Worth area?

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  1. The best Chicago-style deep dish I have found in the DFW area is in Plano, in a small place -- mostly appropriate for takeout, although there are a few tables --at the corner of Coit and Hedgcoxe. The name of the restaurant is Chicago St. Pizza.

    As late as when we ordered one last Thursday, the deep dish remains excellent, on a par with many of Chicago's best places. I am not a big fan of their stuffed pizza, however, and I have not tried their thin-crust.

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    1. re: Kirk

      Try Rush Street on University (just north of Lancaster) in Fort Worth or That Chicago Place on Brown Trail in Bedford (just south of Harwood). Both have Chicago-style pizza.

      1. re: Steve

        Has anyone tried Brooklyn's best pizza in Arlinton? It's on Green Oaks south of I-20. Its not Chicago but Its a good slice of pizza. And I've never been to Chicago or NY. and don't want to.

        1. re: jerry
          Mary H. Musgrave

          Well I haven't tried the pizza, but everything else at Brooklyn's Best is fantastic -- especially their meat sauce for spaghetti and the calzones. The same folks used to have a restaurant in DeSoto and then they moved to Waxahachie. Now those are closed, but I'd drive almost anywhere for their food. The sauce is the best and even if tomato sauces normally give you indigestion -- their's won't.

          1. re: Mary H. Musgrave

            What about Chicago Rick's? Anyone tried it?

            1. re: Stacey

              I work at Chicago Rick's Pizza. We have a 12" Chicago style pan pizza. It is a pretty good pie but has a ways to go. We are currently working on improving it and adding more size options.

          2. re: jerry

            Brooklyn's Best is great, and I'm from new york:) My husband thinks BJ's on 20 and Matlock, in the new arlington highlands shopping center, has the best chicago style deep dish pizza here.

            1. re: indygurl

              Agree on Brooklyns Best. Awesome stuffed pizza and strombolis.

      2. There is a place in Addison called Pappas Pizza. It is owned by the Pappas family. The same people that own Pappadeaux and Pappasito's. It isn't great but it will do.

        Image: http://www.pappaspizza.net/

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        1. re: Dominic

          My hubby and I ordered Pappa's Pizza in Addison and it was awful. Hubby summed it up best by saying it tasted like "mall food".
          If you must have thick crust in/around the Addison area, the BJ's favorite has a thick buttery crust.BJ's it at Beltline and Quorum, and it isn't bad for a chain.
          The BEST pizza I've found in the Far North Dallas/Addison area is Pizza Guy on Preston. It's not thick crust, but the original style will convert you.... well, almost.

          1. re: HalfBaked

            HalfBaked, deep dish, or pan is NOT "thick crust." When you lay the dough in the pan, it's just about the thickness of "thin crust," and some houses use the same sheeter for both types.

            1. re: streetsmart

              I'm mostly doing this just because its now possible. Because there are discussions of crusts i wanted to show a picture of a chicago thin crust pizza from Aurelios. It's actually loaded with toppings but the crust itselt is nearly cracker thin, and keeps crispy throughout eating it. All chicago deep dishes I've ever had have had thicker crusts than this, though not as thick your typical pizza from dominos or papa johns.

        2. Sorry to break it to you, but there's no such thing in the big D. I'm a Chicagoan that tried, tried and tried again for the 4+ years I lived in Dallas to find anything close. Give up, and settle for crispy thin crust - there are some decent places that will come close to rivaling the Windy City. (And no, that's not Campisi's). Try Scalini's in Lakewood and Louie's on Henderson.

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          1. re: lpgal

            Ah, but there is! If you are a Chicagoan (I'm not ... I only lived there for 20 years), then you will find Chicago St. Pizza to be very good. Granted, you have to drive to north Plano to try it, but it's the best deep dish I have tried south of 63rd and Stony Island.

          2. t

            Yes it's a chain, but I like Uno's in Sundance Square. Their deep dish pies are pretty good. Also in Fort Worth and very good is Rush Street on University Drive. It did win Staff choice for Best Pizza in FW Weekly's 2004 "Best of" issue if that's any help.

            Here's the website for those who care:



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            1. re: TheSingleGourmet

              Uno's? Come on, TSG! You need to try real Chicago pizza sometime.

              1. re: Kirk

                Hey, I said I liked it. Others may not. We're not in Chicago, so you take what you can get.

            2. Sorry I didn't remember this sooner. WOMAX in Flower Mound. The guy is from Chicago and the Deep Dish is very good. He even serves Italian Beefs. "Sweet & Juicy."

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              1. re: Dominic

                It's not the same owner anymore and it is not good, service-wise, pizza-wise or other.

              2. This place has 3 pizza places in Chicago. They make an excellent thin crust, deep dish and stuffed pizza just like in Chicago. Also Italian beefs and much much more..

                Little Joe's Famous Chicago Pizza and Restaurante
                104 Navajo Drive
                Keller, TX 76244
                (817) 753-6300

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                1. re: tomj

                  I've now tried all three versions. They were all brought home to North Richland Hills which probably effected the quality some. They all had great flavor, especially the very fennelly sausage. The crusts on the deep dish and stuffed crust were a bit too thick for me. Nearly a centimeter of dense dough. It tasted great so it was alright. The thin crust was really great. The sauce on top of the stuffed crust was flavorful, but i wanted a little more on my pizza. This is definitely a good alternative to Uno's. Better than some, and worse than some that I've had in Chicago.

                2. So far (after 9 years of searching) the best pizza (Chicago style or otherwise) that I've been able to find in DFW has been Chicago's Finest Pizza at the NW Corner of Independence and Spring Creek in Plano. It used to be called Rosati's (connected to the Rosati's in Chicago).

                  I've been tempted to try their Chicago style hot dog, but so far I've resisted the urge.


                  6150 Independence Parkway
                  Plano, TX 75023
                  Phone: 972-618-6500

                  1. May not be "Chicago Style", but a great deep dish (my favorite) can be found just north of the DFW area in Denton. The place is called The Tomato (formerly The Flying Tomato). Its just off the North Texas campus. 1226 W Hickory St, Denton TX

                    As a reference to my tastes, I have been to Chicago a couple of times and have tried Due's and Gino's East. To me, of the two, Gino's is the superior product (I especially like the sausage patty style). Even after tasting these "True Chicago Pizzas", I still prefer The Tomato.

                    One thing about The Tomato, I prefer the single "rectangle" slices over ordering a whole "round" pizza. For some reason the "rectangles" taste better...


                    *enjoy the sauce*

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                    1. re: ikirumata

                      I heard this place just closed as they are going to level the whole area and build a new strip mall or something. I think it's moved to somewhere else but I don't know where.

                      1. re: Shalley

                        Yeah, it has been in the works for a couple of years now. Some developer from Houston came in and bought the whole block. Unfortunately, word on the street is that he is going to charge 3x the rent. Chances are slim that the original tenants are not going to return. Its a shame because The Tomato really did have great and unique pizza. Hopefully they will find another venue.


                        *enjoy the sauce*

                      2. re: ikirumata

                        The whole block where Tomato was has been bought and condemned for a Walgreens!!! A die hard prostester set fire to the emply building as protest. As a former student, may Fry St. RIP!

                        1. re: ikirumata

                          Moved to Sanger and then closed. Yes, was a great pizza.

                        2. Wow! I did not know what Chicago Pizza was supposed to be and couldn’t figure out all the hype. But, we have some friends who are from Chicago and have been looking for a taste of home. I had read about Little Joe’s Famous Chicago style Pizza on a local website and told my friends to try it. We ended up going along and What a treat! The thin crust is excellent, we order it extra crispy. The calamari is wonderful, get it with marinara not the offered ketsup. The cappelleni with shrimp, broccoli, sun dried tomatoes in olive oil and garlic is excellent. The meat balls are as tender as pate’ and the marinara sauce is the best. We have been back every Friday night. You can bring your own wine or beer in, which is always a nice bonus. They are closed on Tuesdays and have a Wed. lunch 2 for one pasta plate special. As far as I am concerned, everything here is special. They have the sweetest hostess that seats you and the wait staff is friendly and attentive. In fact when you walk-in even the customers have a smile on their face, because they have discovered this hidden treasure stashed away on Navajo Drive in Keller, Texas. Hey, even I will tolerate that Chicago accent for a slice of the good stuff. Highly recommended even for the long drive from my town. Don't be confused by a restaurant on 1709 by a similar name.

                          Little Joe’s Famous Chicago Pizza and Ristorante
                          104 Navajo Drive, Keller, 76248
                          (SW corner of Navajo & Keller Pkwy, just west of Rufe Snow) (FM1709)


                          1. I've now been to 3 in the area.... That Chicago Place (now defunct - was in Addison, and Hurst before that), Little Joe's Famous Chicago Pizza (Keller), and Taste of Chicago in Fort Worth. I'd have to rate them in that order. That Chicago Place (the guy who ran it has posted here in the past - what's the story?!) was durn good, and closest to Due's/Gino's. Little Joe's is quite good, but make sure, if you order ahead, that they read back your order twice - the last time I went we waited an extra hour while they fixed their mistake. That Chicago Place was pretty good, but the tomatoes could've used a little more seasoning. All three are recommended, and are far better than the Uno's chain (bleaugh)

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                            1. re: mbourgon

                              That Chicago Place did have great pizza. No wonder it is defunct, as the location in Addison was just ridiculous. We went to Little Joe's in Keller and that place was just a nightmare. I'll never eat there again, as the service was so far beyond terrible it's painful to get into detail, and I doubt that some of that meat is actually meat. Never again.

                              When I really crave Chicago pizza I have pizza shipped from Lou Malnatis.

                              1. Best option if you are from Chicago and want the REAL thing is call Lou Malnatis or Gino's East and have one shipped. It''s worth it.

                                1. Just got a mailer for this place that just opened in Plano... Jimano's... Bills authentic Chicago pizza (Deep dish and thin) as well as Italian Beef's... anyone ever heard of them or know anything about them?

                                  1. Found another one to try: Chicago's Original Pizza & More in Mesquite. They also have Italian beef sandwiches, calzones and Chicago "dogs" http://www.chicagosoriginal.com/

                                    Chicago's Original Pizza & More
                                    2411 N Galloway Ave, Mesquite, TX 75150

                                    1. Chicago Street Pizza...Plano, Order the Deep Dish not the Stuffed. My favorite Pizza in DFW (better than many in chicago)

                                      1. How many of these places are sauce on top, cheese underneath like a Chicago pizza should probably be?

                                        To contribute, I've been eating at Chicago's in Las Colinas. http://www.chicagosgourmetpizza.com/ It doesn't really compare to some of the places I ate at in Chicago, but it scratches the itch. A lot of people I know really like their Chicago dog but I'm not qualified to judge it.

                                        1. BJ's - I wouldn't consider it Chicago style, but it is D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!

                                          1. I know this is an old thread, but anyone still looking for fantastic Chicago deep dish should give Taste of Chicago in Addison a try. It takes 40 minutes to prepare, so you can call ahead if you want. Super friendly too. http://addisontasteofchicago.com

                                            1. Gino's East is going to be opening a location year in Arlington!!!

                                              1. Also, not pizza related but Al's Italian Beef is opening in Addison next month!! http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/res...

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                                                1. re: shelbyg75

                                                  Good info. Thanks. I'm not from Chicago but, Al's Italian Beef sandwich is one I've always wanted to try.