October 20, 2009

What's Your Favorite Chicago Pizza?


...is not a good enough question. Because thin crust pizza and deep dish pizza are completely different cuisines.

Best Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago: Lou Malnatis

It's all about the buttery, flaky crust. There's just nothing like it. And with cheese on the bottom, toppings in the middle and sauce on the top, it's really an ingenious upside-down creation of glory. If you're in Chicago, this is absolutely the first place you should check out. And if you're willing to take topping recommendations as well, pepperoni is the perfect pairing for this pizza pie.

Now, your friends may try to get you to go to Giardanos, typically the other top competitor in arguments about the best deep dish pizza in Chicago. I have only recently begun to understand this argument, when I paired this pie with sausage and green peppers. Because it's a darker flavor than Malnatis sauce, darker flavor toppings like sausage make much more sense. But, Lou Malnatis still takes this category by a mile, and a crust.

Best Thin Crust Pizza in Chicago: Aurelios

This crispy pie has one of the most memorable pizza flavors you'll ever experience. What sets it apart from the competition is the super-sweet tomato sauce. It will change your mind about what pizza should taste like, and honestly, it's hard to go back to anything else . Definitely one to check out next time you're in Chicago.

Now's where you tell me how wrong I am.

14 comments:

Meghan said...

Totally agree with you on Lou's! Giordano's and Gino's just can't compete with the crust! I think Giordano's crust is too bready and Gino's is too cornmealy. I've never tried Aurelios but you can be sure I will now!!!!!

Cheesehead Runner said...

Def wrong on the deep dish, I never eat anything but Edwardos - amazing.

David Vox Mullen said...

Ok I'm a Giordanno's guy through and through. But thin crust? Too difficult to pinpoint. Has anyone tried Vito & Nick's world famous Cracker thin crust pizza? It was actually featured on the Food Network's Drive In's Diner's & Dves. Or how about their offspring Barraco's? Serious thin crust action going on here. All in all Chicago rules Pizza hand's down!!!

Ryan said...

I'm totally with you on Lou's being the best deep dish. Haven't tried Aurelio's, but I will have to look into it next time I'm in town.

Jeff said...

"Now's where you tell me how wrong I am." Ahhhhh...that's EXACTLY what I was hoping to read and the end of this post. You're so wrong, Eric. So very wrong.

Lou's is fine if you enjoy cornbread crust, but I think it takes away from the pizza. I'll eat it if someone else orders it, but it would be way down on my list, under Uno's, Connie's, and Giordano's (my favorite of the chains).

My favorite Chicago deep dish is a place called Art of Pizza, near Ashland and Belmont. The sauce is perfect, and it's just a great pizza. (I don't recommend it for sit-down though. The dining room is just a few card tables, so get it to go).

As for thin crusts, I like Aurelios and think that's a formidable choice for #1. That said, my favorites are Fox's (the one in Oak Lawn, but there are a few others) and Piece Pizza on North Ave in Wicker Park (technically New Haven-style pizza, but it's outstanding).

Rob said...

I am not a chicago citizen so I'm likely limited from where I can choose from, but I have had a handful of pizzas and Gino's East is my fav----deeeep dish 1 peice will fill you up!

LizM said...

Why would you eat pizza when there's Italian beef? ===shaking head===

Meghan said...

Oh I recommend Piece too - very very good. My boss recommends the white clam pizza (gross!) Being from St. Louis, I have to disagree that Chicago has the best pizza. Other than Lou Malnati's (and Piece), I don't really like pizza here!

Beth said...

Aurelios is the best! Dan and I make sure we eat there every time we are back in the area. We even contemplated starting one in the quad cities (because pizza here sucks) but we don't quite have the $500,000 in liquid assets that they require.

Eric Olsen said...

can someone tell me what New-Haven pizza is? I'm thankful for all the new recommendations.

yeah, when my parents moved out East, they thought about opening up a franchise out there, but realized that non-Chicagoans just don't take pizza as seriously as we do. These people are perfectly content with Pizza Hut, having never experienced the taste evolution we have. It's tragic, really.

Meghan said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Haven-style_pizza

Brent said...

Nikki and I ate at a Giordano's in Orlando once.

We were the only ones in the whole restaurant eating pizza... Stupid Floridians.

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Eric Olsen said...

haha, touche pardummy.