Best Deep Dish Pizzas for National Deep Dish Pizza Day
By Holly Reznik
Calling all deep dish pizza lovers! April 5th, also known as National Deep Dish Pizza Day, celebrates the food that is loved by many. Chicagoans take their deep dish very seriously and to celebrate the occasion, we are here to bring you some of the best places to grab a slice in the Windy City!
First up on the list is Giordano’s, a famous local chain. Giordano’s traces its roots back to Torino, Italy, where Mama Giordano’s famous “Italian Easter Pie” was born. In 1974, immigrants Efren and Joseph Boglio opened the first Giordano’s on Chicago’s historic south side. Since opening, they have been named the best deep dish pizza in Chicago countless times. The secret is an extra layer of dough above the cheese and below the tomato sauce. If you’re in the city, definitely try some of their speciality combinations like the Bacon BBQ Chicken or Super Veggie deep dish!
Lou Malnati’s has been serving deep dish pizza for nearly 50 years and they have over 45 locations in the greater Chicago area. Some consider Malnati the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, as it is as rich in history as its pizza is in flavor. Their deep dish recipe has remained untouched for decades. Their pizza is so good that they have trademarked their buttery crust, known as Buttercrust™. The signature “Malnati Chicago Classic”, which has sausage, cheese, and tomato sauce on buttercrust sets the standard for a mouthwatering pie.
Pequod’s is a Chicago favorite with their unique crust. The caramelized halo crust is created by sprinkling mozzarella edge to edge and baking it until it's crispy and brown. Many say it creates the perfect base for toppings like sausage, Italian beef, meatballs, and giardiniera. Similar to Giordano’s, they have so many “Best Pizza” honors, it’s hard to list them all. If you’re in Lincoln Park or Morton Grove, make sure to stop by one of their two locations!
Pizzeria Uno started it all back in 1943. Founders Ike Sewell and Ric Riccardo are often credited with creating the deep dish pizza. While you’re here, try their speciality “Numero Uno”, which has sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers. For any aspiring pizza makers, you can sign up for cooking classes to learn how to master the craft. For anyone not near the Chicago area, Pizzeria Uno also ships their delicious pies to wherever you live.
Finishing off the list is one of the city’s newest deep dish spots, Bartoli’s. The owner’s grandfather was a founder of Gino’s East, another great deep dish spot, so Bartoli's knows a thing or two about the city's signature pie. The secret is that the flaky crust is rolled with a bit of the cheese inside for an extra bite of mozzarella after you've gotten through the bulk of the pie. If you’re stopping for a pie, you’ll have to try their signature Deep Dish Spinach and Cheese.
You will surely be stuffed with delicious, cheesy goodness if you choose to stop and grab a bite at any of these restaurants! You won’t regret having a slice or two (maybe three).
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