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Friday, November 14, 2014

Favorite Chicago Pizza Spots

TGIF! I thought I'd round up some of my favorite spots for pizza in Chicago since there are so many great ones! Obviously Chicago is known for their deep dish, which I love, but there are other great non-Chicago style pizza places here that are awesome. I'm not necessarily a traditionalist when it comes to pizza (give me Hawaiian or BBQ chicken all day!), and I definitely don't discriminate... there's just so much to love! I do really love a good stuffed or deep dish with alllthecheeese, but I also really love the thin crust Neopolitan style with fresh mozzarella. What is your favorite place for pizza? Which places need to be added to my list to try?

Lou Mal's

Best Chicago Style

Giordano's - Yes, it's a chain now but still my total favorite deep dish. So much cheese!
Lou Malnati's - Another favorite deep dish. Love the buttery crust! They also will ship a frozen pizza anywhere in the country!
Baldinelli's - My family's favorite place to order from in the suburbs - thin crust, sweet sauce, square slices!
Bricks - Another great thin crust pizza, in a dark, hole-in-the-wall place.
Pequod's - I don't love it as much as some people do, but the caramelized crust makes it worth it. Like I said, I won't hate on any pizza :)

Best Wood Fired/Italian Style

Spacca Napoli - Arguably the best pizza in Chicago, the oven was made in Naples and they make sure to stay authentic to that style. The buffalo mozzarella pizza is insane!
Sono - Awesome wood fired pizza. Try the burrata and pesto!
La Madia - A modern take on the traditional Italian style. The pepperoni with truffle oil and the tallegio with roasted grape were both great!
Coalfire - Chicago's first "coal fire" oven. The pepperoni with whipped ricotta, enough said.
Eataly - This massive Italian marketplace makes some of the best pizza...ever.


Best East Coast style:

Piece - Technically "New Haven Style", they have some really interesting topping choices. They also make their own beer.
Armitage Pizzeria - Takeout or delivery only, the guy who owns this place definitely knows what he's doing.

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder

Special mentions:

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company - A Chicago institution, famous for the "pizza pot pie"!
Homeslice - A trendy newbie in town, the pizza does not disappoint.
Aurelio's -  Another local suburban favorite of my family's with Chicago-style thin crust.
Gino's - Famous, just really not my fave.

Still to try:

Pizza Rustica
Vito & Nick's
The Art of Pizza
Stella Barra
Boiler Room
My Pie
Pizzeria da Nella
Antica Pizzeria
Pizzeria Serio
Pizza Parlor
Chicago Pizza Boss food truck
The Chicago Pizza Tour! <--talk about HEAVEN!!

Tell me... what's on your list!?

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