Chicago Deep Dish (Chicago)

I’ve been going to Chicago at least once a year for the past few years and have been able to indulge in one of my favorite things, deep dish pizza. Growing up in Calgary, we had “Chicago Deep Dish Pizza”, but it really wasn’t the same thing. Don’t get me wrong, it was still delicious (can you really go wrong with copious amounts of cheese, meat, and fresh veg over nicely toasted pizza bread?) but REAL Chicago deep dish is something special. On a trip several years ago I went to Pizzeria Uno where we ordered the Numero Uno, sausage, pepperoni, onions, peppers, mushrooms, sauce and cheese.


It’s awesome! So many flavors! Rich tomatoey goodness, so much cheese that it streches all over the place (in a good way), wonderfully salty meat, and fresh veg! The crust is awesome, thick and buttery and able to hold the ridiculous amounts of toppings.

On another trip I tried Lou Manalti’s. We went with the Chicago classic: sausage, tomato sauce and extra cheese. We also added onions and mushrooms.


The crust is a little thinner and crack-like but still has a buttery taste and manages to hold the crazy amount of toppings. This was awesome! Nicely spiced lean sausage, fresh veg and a rich tomato sauce. And again, sooo much cheese. Lou’s also does delivery (I was working all night in my hotel room and they happily delivered).


Here is the box and it travels surprisingly well!


Even with delivery, it’s the best!

On another trip I tried Gino’s east. I went with the Gino’s Supreme: Italian sausage, green peppers, onions and mushrooms.


It’s pretty amazing! Rich sauce, nice meaty sausage, fresh veg and tons of cheese. The crust is a little different. Thick and almost corn meal based. A little flakier and more “pie”-like. Quite good but it would depend on preference. I like all pizza so I thought it was awesome! Here is the full pie.


It comes out super fresh and melty cheese-y. It’s awesome! While at the convention centre there is a outlet for Connie’s pizza.


The convention centre during the conference have a place called Connie’s. It’s not as good as the others but definitely hits the spot. This pizza hits the main points with buttery crust, lots of cheese, and meaty sausage.

Then i went back to Giordano’s. This feels like a bit of a throwback but my first deep dish experience when I was stranded in Chicago after missing a flight. Of all the Chicago places, this one has the most cheese, by far! The crust is buttery but also the thickest and the ingredients are great. Pretty awesome!


Overall, all Chicago deep dish is amazing! Some people find it overwhelming. It’s a lot of flavor, a lot of cheese, a lot of butter (in the crust), and tons of meat and veg. For me, I love it! I love all pizza! You can’t compare thin crust with deep dish, they are just different beasts. So to say Chicago is better than New York or Italy, can’t be done, it’s just different. Deep dish is its own special thing and you gotta love it for what it is. And if you love rich food with lots of cheese, all these incarnations are where you want to be.

~ by jlowjlow on August 31, 2017.

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