Chicago Pizza. Chicago-Style Pizza. Chicago Pan Pizza. Chicago Deep Dish. No matter what you call it, Chicago is known the world over for its pizza.
It may seem difficult to comprehend, but when Chicago deep-dish pizza was first created in 1943, Americans only munched on pizza for a snack. Now known as the “pizza capital of the world,” that thick crust, gooey cheese and layer of chunky sauce has become a tasty staple in Chicago’s diet. But, with so many pizzerias, you may not know where to start.
Here are concierge’s top five picks for Chicago’s best deep-dish and thin crust pizza. And for those who are looking to possibly try something new, we have included some unique Chicago Pizza finds too.
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Creations like “The Lou” with fresh spinach, mushrooms and sliced tomatoes and “The Malnati Chicago Classic,” with its tasty sauce and famous butter crust, has concierges’ mouths watering.
Concierges recommend this world-famous stuffed pizza that has roots all the way in Torino, Italy. For decades, Efren and Joseph Boglio have been replicating Mama Giordano’s deep-dish, double-crusted, ricotta-filled pizza. Or, for something a bit out of the ordinary, give the “Stuffed Shrimp” or “Tropic Delight” a try.
With its fresh ingredients, patty of sausage and flaky cornmeal crust, concierges agree that this pizza puts the “d” in “delicious.” And, much like the national celebrities and international visitors who have dined here, you too can leave your mark by etching your name into the wood and stucco walls of its original downtown location.
Famous for its caramelized crust of overflowing cheese, concierges know a good thing when they see it. The sports fan atmosphere and delicious pizza make this place a favorite hangout for many Lincoln Park residents and visitors.
Pizzeria Uno/Pizzeria Due
The creator of Chicago’s deep-dish. It’s the original. Need concierges say more?
Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.
For a slightly different treat, concierges suggest this Victorian-esque restaurant known for its individual pizza pot pies. You won’t want to miss these half-pounder or one-pounder delights that are made from scratch with triple-raised Sicilian bread-type dough.
Chicago Thin Crust Pizza
Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta
Concierge simply can’t get enough of Pizano’s thin butter crust pizza. Try a thin crust version of your favorite pan pizza or “Chad’s Special Pizza” topped with BBQ chicken, BBQ sauce and chopped red onions.
Lou Malnati’s & Gino’s East
What can we say? Concierges love both of these Chicago icons’ thin and deep dish pizzas.
Connie's Pizza on Archer Avenue is the original location and has been a local favorite since its inception. Concierges’ love it, too, and with several Chicagoland locations it’s also a convenient choice.
Take in the stylish and comfortable atmosphere along with these seasonal, wood-fired pizzas. Handmade daily with gourmet ingredients, the selection includes just about everything from a Triple Pepperoni to a Cracked Organic Egg, Prosciutto and Black Pepper pizza.
Honorable Mentions (it’s a tie!):
D’Agostino’s Pizzeria and Pub
Known as “the best thin crust pizza in Wrigleyville,” guests can load up on this ultra-thin crust with Italian beef or cheeseburger specialty pizzas.
Spacca Napoli Pizzeria
Looking for a taste of authentic Neapolitan-style pizza in Chicago? Whether it’s traditional red sauce with a dab of olive oil or Prosciutto e Rucolo, you’ll find it at this local favorite.