Let’s play a little word association game: When I say “Chicago,” you say… Yeah, “Deep-dish pizza.” That’s what I thought. Chicago is the place to go to get the best deep-dish pizza in the country, but where in Chicago should you get it?
Here’s a list of 5 places with the best deep-dish pizza in Chicago. I’ve only included places with Google Reviews that are 4.5 stars or greater, so you can make the best decision.
- Bartoli’s Pizzeria (4.5 stars)
1955 W Addison Street
Bartoli’s is the real deal; they hand make their crust and their sauce with Italian herbs. You can get a medium deep-dish pizza here for a little more than $15 or a large for a little over $17. If you’re also looking to explore pizza with average portion sizes (per slice), Bartoli’s also has “party cut” thin crust pizza for you to nibble on. Maybe while you’re waiting for your deep-dish pizza to finish cooking.
- Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria (4.5 stars)
1120 N State Street, Chicago, IL 60610
At Lou Malnati’s, you can get a personal deep-dish pizza at this location for under $10 – in case you’re not really feeling like sharing. (No one’s judging you on this end of the monitor; trust me.)
The workers at Lou Malnati’s personally choose the California vine-ripened tomatoes to give their sauce that extra kick. The mozzarella cheese they use come from a little dairy farm, which they’ve partnered with for over 40 years. Every pizza, even the tiny baby ones, are made fresh, from scratch.
- Pequod’s Pizza (4.5 stars)
2207 N Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
This pizzeria not only has the deep-dish pizza you’ve been looking for (no Jedi mind tricks necessary), but it’s also one of the more popular places to find the pizza Chicago is known for. It’s so popular, in fact, that it has a strategy to help you deal with the wait:
They have partners with a nearby bar called Whale Tale Chicago Restaurant and Bar, giving you a place to wait and a complimentary drink.
- Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company (4.5 stars)
2121 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614
The history of Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company is as rich as its deep-dish pizzas. The popularity of the pizzas led this pizzeria to find a larger location in which to feed its many fans.
The deep-dish pizza here is called “pizza pot pie.” They’re all made from scratch using Sicilian dough, and the sauce is homemade too, using garlic, green peppers, onions, olive oil, whole plum tomatoes and an assortment of cheeses.
Coalfire (4.6 stars)
1321 W Grand Avenue
The delightful, humor-filled atmosphere at Coalfire is reason enough to go, let alone their delicious deep-dish pizzas and their coveted 4.6 star rating. The workers recommend that you enjoy the pizza in-house, although they do offer carryout at certain times. It’s sort of a “Get it while it’s hot” recommendation. However, there are no reservations, so get to this restaurant before you’re even hungry to make sure you get a spot.
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