Chicago Style Pizza Second to None ~ Like Our Sports Teams

Megy Karydes

By , Local Expert, Chicago
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Asking Chicagoans for their favorite pizza place is like asking them for their favorite baseball team. Nearly everyone has an opinion and they are hardcore about what they like and where they go to get it.

While there isn’t just one type of Chicago-style pizza since several types were developed in Chicago, it is best known for its deep-dish pizza which typically has a crust up to three inches tall at the edge, slightly higher than the ingredients, and includes large amounts of cheese and chunky tomato sauce. Pizzeria Uno is said to be the inventor of deep dish pizza and still is considered one of the best places to score a...  Read more »

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    Pizzeria Uno

    Centrally located near many downtown hotels, waiters take your order outside while you're still waiting so...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Original place to turn out Chicago-style pizza."

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    Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - River North

    Its Tastes of Chicago pizza can be delivered to any home or office nationwide.

    Local Expert Tip: "Add the Lou Malnatti salad - its Sweet Vinaigrette dressing is so popular that it's now available in a bottle."

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    Pizzeria Due

    Pizzeria Due serves classic deep-dish pies and is one of the local shrines that started the Chicago-style pizza phenomenon.

    Local Expert Tip: "A small pizza is a perfect size for 2 people who don't have a huge appetite (comes with HUGE 4 slices)."

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    The deep dish pizzas are baked in cast iron pans and the overflowing cheese emerges from the oven as a halo of caramelized crust.

    Local Expert Tip: "Consider the lunch deal which is very affordable. Also, save time and call ahead so you don't have to wait almost an hour it takes to cook the pizza."

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    Piece Pizzeria & Brewery

    Fans love the white sauce pizza and home brewed beer at this lively Wicker Park pizzeria and brewery.

    Local Expert Tip: "Expect to wait. Head to the bar and enjoy one of its home brewed beers while you wait for your table."

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    The Art of Pizza

    Art of Pizza is one of the few places in Chicago where you can get good deep dish by the slice.

    Local Expert Tip: "Ask about their specials which are often tasty, inexpensive, and served day and night."

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    Coalfire Pizza

    For those who want a super thin crust pizza in Chicago, head to Coalfire which cooks its pizza in a brick oven.

    Local Expert Tip: "It gets very busy after 7:00 pm. Save room for a dessert cupcake, which tastes like a cheesecake."

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    Burt's Place

    Burt has been making deep dish pizza pies for decades and Burt's Place has fans both locally and nationally.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure you follow the rules and the pizza doesn't travel well."

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    Spacca Napoli

    A true Neapolitan-style pizzeria, Spacca Napoli has been delighting diners at its Ravenswood location for...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Start with either the Prosciutto e Bufala or Caprese con Bufala as an appetizer."

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    Danny's on Douglas

    In addition to a great selection of pizzas, full bar and full menu, live entertainment just adds to the ambiance.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be prepared to share because the portions are large."



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