Chicago’s deep-dish pizza first burst onto the foodie scene in the 1940s and has been a much-loved favourite ever since. The pizza is characterised by a thick pie-like crust that holds back a sea of melted cheese and tomato sauce. Because of this, we recommend eating these beasts with a knife and fork – this is no ordinary pizza. Here are the top 6 places to enjoy this iconic Chicago dish.
1. Burts Place
Locals in the know have always flocked to this place, but Burt’s soared in popularity after a visit from the legendary chef Anthony Bourdain in 2009. The joint was opened in 1989 by local hero Burt Katz and is famous for its pizza in a pan sporting a serious caramelized crust. Choose from small (10”) to large (16”). Sadly Burt passed away a few years ago, but his spirit still lives on in his pizza.
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2. The Art of Pizza
If you have experienced the mammoth feat of tackling one of these deep-dish pizza’s, we salute you. Luckily for us, The Art of Pizza is forgiving and sells individual slices – to be honest, we think one is enough! If you’re seriously hungry, choose from Art’s Meaty delight or feel free to go vegetarian with Art’s Vege. The largest size is 18” and is available to go, so you can burn the calories as you eat.
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3. My Pi Pizza
This spot is considered to be the best in Chicago. Why is that, I hear your ask. Well, think of a golden crisp base encased in a rich tomato sauce and finished off with Wisconsin cheese and you’ll get the idea. The sauce is flavoured with a secret blend of herbs and spices which will guarantee a unique taste. My Pi Pizza is also Vegan friendly and has its own dedicated vegan menu.
4. Milly’s Pizza in the Pan
This ‘ghost kitchen’ is a virtual restaurant and is available for takeaway and deliveries – perfect for these uncertain times. Inspired by the culinary greats of Burt Katz and his grandmother, Chef Robert Wilson opened Milly’s in 2020. He’s quickly become a hit, and it’s easy to see why. Chef Wilson covers the dough in mozzarella and bakes it twice creating a cheesy crispy crust. Innovative offerings include the Que Suerte (pineapple, jalapeno, cherry tomatoes and brown sugar bacon).
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5. Gino’s East
Next stop, Gino’s East. This much-loved establishment was opened in 1966 and has been serving hungry Chicagoans its trademark deep crust offerings ever since – they’ve made a bit of a name for themselves. Expect a generous helping of mozzarella swimming in rich tomato sauce; lapping up against the unique cornmeal crust (secret recipe, so don’t bother asking!). On top of this, the team are also doing take-home pizza kits for you to create your own at home.
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This popular local chain sets the bar high with its stuffed pizza. The secret, an extra layer of dough is added above and below the filling designed to send you spinning into carb overload – delicious, but you might want to share. However, if you really feel like this would destroy you, go for the thin crust option – it’s just as good.
730 N Rush St Chicago, IL 60611
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