Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - Gold Coast
Cuisine: American, European, Italian, Pizza
Price Range: $$
Family-led Lou Malnati's Pizzeria has been turning out the definitive Chicago style deep dish pizza since 1971 in Lincolnwood and today there are more than 50 locations in the Chicago area and two in... Read More
Family-led Lou Malnati's Pizzeria has been turning out the definitive Chicago style deep dish pizza since 1971 in Lincolnwood and today there are more than 50 locations in the Chicago area and two in AZ (Cubs' spring training fans have to eat somewhere). Practically every neighborhood pizzeria offers a pan style pie, but Lou's remains the arbiter of Chicago style. Every pizza is handmade from scratch using the family's secret recipe for the flaky, buttery crust but that's not all: the Malnati team hand selects California tomatoes, the exclusive sausage blend covers the entire disc and the fresh mozzarella comes from the same small dairy that has supplied Malnati's forever. If you don't go deep, order a thin and you'll still get a sense of that incredibly flaky crust. Try a robust Malnati salad: Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, mushrooms, salami bits and Gorgonzola cheese with a sweet vinaigrette.
- Pizza: "Their "Tastes of Chicago" mail-order business will let you ship frozen deep dish pizzas to anywhere in the U.S."
- Best for Pizza Because: Born in Chicago, 50-year-old Lou Malnati's remains the model to which all other deep dish pies must compare.