Ok, so this isn’t really a Chicago deep dish throwdown. Sorry in advanced. It just sounded so much more epic than my thoughts on deep dish pizza in Chicago. Giordano’s and Lou Malnati’s were the two spots that were highly recommended by both locals and friends who have visited alike. Some preferred one over the other, so I decided to try both. Because, well, why the hell not? I mean, did I even do Chicago right if I didn’t try their deep dish pizza?
So let’s get into it. What I liked, what I didn’t like, and which one I enjoyed more! But come on, I think just being in the pizza category alone – everyone’s a winner.
Giordano’s seemed to be the main recommendation and with a neon sign that screams “world famous stuffed pizza” I can see why! I didn’t realize how poppin’ it was until we started seeing more of them pop up wherever we visited popular spots like the Bean and Willis Tower. There was a good crowd when we arrived and we were incredibly hungry being it was our first meal of the day when we arrived!
We were seated promptly and helped right away. There was no specific server who had helped us, and it was a little cramped for my liking, but it is what it is. Anyway, onto the important part. THE PIZZA.
As a heads up, it took about 45 minutes to make, so to hold us over, we ordered their cheesy garlic bread which was delicious! And once we got our pizza, we were ready to dig in! We got a small which had about 6 slices and honestly between the two of us we were only able to finish one and a half slices. Worth it? Heck yeah! The sauce was really good and their crust was really doughy and they had thick pepperoni slices with mozzarella cheese that stretched for miles! It was really good, and I enjoyed every bit of it!
Is it just me or does the name Lou Malnati’s sound like Illuminati? Because, yeah. Anyway, the one we went to was closest to Magnificent Mile and it was just the cutest spot I felt like. I instantly felt at home and everyone was incredibly welcoming and friendly. We decided to take some seats closest to the window so we can people watch and see the snow fall outside. When we ordered, the pizza was going to take about 30 minutes and we got calamari to share.
The calamari was SO good and even the presentation with the lemon they cut was impressive. When the pizza arrived, we were beyond excited! We got a small size which had 4 slices, and that was more than enough to split between two people. I really liked how accommodating the staff was to the point where when they delivered the pizza, they even cut a slice for each of us and put it on our plates! WHAT! Now that’s what I call customer service!
The pizza itself was OMG amazing. The crust was crispy, the sauce tasted incredibly fresh with chunks of tomato mixed in and yummm, it was all so tasty! I really enjoyed the portion of it and it had the perfect amount of cheese and pepperoni mixed in. If it wasn’t the pizza that won me over, it was the great people who had helped us out!
Both are definitely worth the try! But the deep dish pizza that took the cake (or pie) for me was the one from Lou Malnati’s! I’m a big fan of crispy crusts, so it was a no brainer for me. And I have no ragrets (not even one letter) in trying both! I’m super happy I got to try authentic Chicago style deep dish pizza, and honestly I don’t think I’d find anything close to it otherwise.
So if you’re looking for Chicago deep dish and don’t know what to try, definitely give both a try if you’re into it or make Lou Malnati’s a priority. Either way, you won’t be disappointed! I also heard Pequod’s is a great option, but sadly we didn’t have enough time to try it. They are known for their crispy cheese crust, and that sounds heavenly already! This just means I’ll have to go back to Chicago again soon. And that, I’m super excited for!
You have a pizza my heart, Chicago. You really do.