Kinda shitty. I go to Chicago a lot for work, and ive been branching my Italian beef game to outside of portillos. Granted I did go to portillos twice last trip. But so far I have found that jays in shiller park is better. I was forever sold when a guy gave me a free cake-shake for wearing my Blackhawks sweater out, and there were probably twenty other people wearing the same thing playoff season. While you're in town, make sure you do the architecture boat tour. Come and visit! We have over 7, restaurants in Chicago.
I'm sure you'll find your perfect slice. As a fair warning you'll hate your small town pizza after having Chicago style. It's happened to everyone I know from back home.
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I'm surprised by the amount people who've never heard of it. It's my personal favorite. Thank god. I was desperately trying to find someone who feels the same about AoP. Their pan blows others away. And Pequod's delivery is fine.
Literally had it yesterday. One of my favorite subs, period. Dare I say better than Piatto Pronto's. I disagree with you on Art of Pizza unless something drastic has changed in the last year. However, this review in general is fantastic. I'm a total homer, been in Chicago for 30 years now, and would happily show this to someone that asks what's good.
If you ever make it to the south side, I can't recommend Baracco's on 95th Street enough. Hands down my favorite pie in the city. Giordano's was convenient as a tourist because it was on the walk to the train to get back to o'hare. Tourist spot or not, it was delicious and I didn't have under cooked dough. I've lived in Chicago for a few years now, and I agree with you. Chicagoans have this circle jerk about pizza, and are almost always quick to judge you, or point out how the pizza is "touristy" if you like Giordano's or Gino's pizza.
Personally, I've had pizza from many of the places listed on the original comment, and I've enjoyed them all. Sometimes I've enjoyed a pie in one place more than another, but usually when I go back to try the food again, the pizza is fine. The same thing happens with Italian beef. If you tell Chicagoans that you like the food at Portillo's, then all you'll get is a bunch of comments about how they aren't even that good, but just well known.
The next thing you know, people start arguing about how the best Italian beef is at X joint, or at Y place which only makes Italian beef sandwiches - and nothing else - so they should know what they're doing Enough is enough. It all is good, why do we have to make it into a competition? Can't we just eat the food, and just appreciate it for what it is without judgment or petty criticism? I visited Chicago a few years ago and the guy at my hotel directed me to Giordano's due to it being my first "real pizza in a real pizza city.
I have had good experiences with Dimo's, but maybe that's because I'm a basic Lakeview dweller. Also what many might not know about stuffed or deep dish, especially Giordano's, is that one slice is a meal. You don't really need more than that. I disagree on piece. You should go in there again and let that red sauce sink in a bit more.
It's on the acidic side and it's so damn good I would cover myself in cheese, grab a few crusts, and take a bath in it. You don't give Uno's enough credit. I know it's similar but I like their deep dish more than giordanos. And their small wood restaurant definitely feels less touristy than the tgi Fridays esqu giordanos on the same street.
Isn't Pizano's run by Rudy Malnati Jr? How could it be so different than Lou Malnati's? That is strictly a matter of opinion. Lou's is good if you like their gritty corn-meal like crust. Personally I prefer the flakey buttery crust of places like Giordano's.
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To each their own. Lou's has a special crust you can ask for, i forget what it's called but it makes it better. And if you're in the suburbs Lou's is consistently the best deep dish. That is good that they took notice because a lot of people I knew did not like their gritty crust. I went to Pi the other day and they said they were the best pizza in the city and were the same as Chicago pizza. It is pretty damn good. I wouldn't sit there and say that it's "The same as Chicago pizza" because that's an insult but it is still very good.
Every single thing on their menu is great. Pizza pot pie is unique and when you mix the two salad dressings to eat with everything from salad to Mediterranean bread it is magic.. God my apartment is right above Pat's Pizza and I do my best to not get it every single day. Best thin crust in the city. Dimo's isn't really a try hard IMHO. They are more experimentalist. Where else can you get a Malort sauce pizza? And late night after a loss in the bleachers, it's good to sit on a curb and carb up for sorrowful drinks.
Peaquods is angelic. Their deep dish is the best. Who gives a hoot about the base taste when the burnt crust is so far off the chain?! I do admit that their new lunch special sucks though. You mentioned all heavy hitters, but not Beggars. It's nothing special, but they deliver in the loop, so I ate some. Nothing to write more than a few words about, but you seem like a completionist.
Try them. According to congress its technically a vegetable so its fine. It is made of plant matter so i guess they're right. Sorry, but it just irks me when I see this bandied about as if Congress ordained all pizzas vegetables. The sauce on the pizza can be counted as one serving of vegetables because it's made of tomatoes. Not the whole damn thing now fulfills your five-a-day. Deep dish crust is traditionally made from corn meal. That is like 40 extra servings of vegetables. Healthiest casserole ever. Funny story about this. Another Chicago deep dish place called Lou Malnati's serves an "Atkins pizza" which is basically the above deep dish pizza, but without dough.
What do they use? Not joking. It's an entire sausage patty that is the same size as the entire pizza and acts as the base. But not even remotely healthy. Funny story about that, once I ate a special brownie not knowing how it would affect me and walked with my buddy to Lou Malnati's. I was so high that I was drooling and we had to get our pizza to go. Just thought I would share. Really great pizza though! Giordano's pizza walks up to your silly "Low-Carb" food, kicks it in the crotch, and steals their girlfriend. I know Chicago is known for the deep dish, but Giordano's makes an insanely good thin crust.
Unlike anywhere else. I'm glad I kept scrolling. I think Giordano's thin crust sausage might be the best pie in Chicago. And here comes everyone trying to prove they're cooler than you by dropping increasingly obscure Chicago places. I love those obscure name droppers though. Fuck yeah. I always thought roast beef was kinda the same everywhere I was so fucking blown away there.
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Thanks redditor, wherever you are! I had some bomb ass Chicago pizza twice 2 different places my boss was like we will get one here and one across the street. He loved Chicago pizza he was driving it home for the fridge. But instead he ate a slice of both and offered me a slice of both as well. I could tell a difference.
Those two slices we my food for the day, all day. Id give a good deal of money for a slice of either again. You son of a bitch. I'm stuck working the holiday and my family is probably at gio's or Lou Malnati's eating delicious deep dish while I hover over a place of Cincinnati meat gravy. I went to Oak Brook for training back in I ordered Giordano ' the first night because they delivered. I proceeded to order it every night I was there. The funny thing is that the overwhelming majority of pizza consumed in Chicago is not of the deep dish variety. Chicago's thin crust pizza is served in squares, and has a somewhat brittle, crunchy crust, as opposed to the floppy bread taco that is New York-style.
Just went to Plainfield, IL for the first time a couple of weeks ago on business. Towards the end of the workday, I made the mistake of asking the people around the office where I could get good deep-dish pizza because I had never had it - and that, apparently, sparked up an ongoing debate between Giordano's and Lou Malnati's.
People are very passionate about their deep-dish there. I ended up going with Lou Malnati's because they were closer to the hotel I was staying at - I got a small classic Chicago style and it was very delicious. Next time I find myself down there I plan on trying Giordano's to decide for myself - I'm sure they're both equally delicious, it just comes down to personal taste. This reminds me of a past boss who was originally from Chicago. When he got the craving for deep dish in Idaho he would contact his favorite pizza joint back home who would then cook, freeze, and ship him a pie.
Because he was a prick we assumed that said pizza shipment was done in gold foil on the backs of doves. Fuck you Mike I have a question - someone please give me a foolproof recipe for the dough. Both times I've tried, it comes out looking right, but the dough has too much of a "bread" flavor. I have been wanting to order some of Giordano's frozen pizza because I live in Michigan, has anybody done this? Does it work out? Chicago style pizza is awesome. So is NY style pizza. I don't understand why it has to be such a big debate.
Crust was not at all up to snuff. There's one in Indianapolis that opened last year in the winter time and to this day it still has a 3 fucking hour waiting time on Friday and Saturday evenings just to dine in, I think I'll just do carry out and wait a few years to dine in. NIN, radiohead, ratm,.. Whatever year that was. Ate Giordano's everyday.. Soooo good.
Wish they had that here. I'm not even a Chicagoan, but deep dish Chicago style pizza might just be the most delicious thing on this planet. If you follow any of the above links, respect the rules of reddit and don't vote. My wife is italian, and she is kind of a pizza-fascist. But she absolutely loved giordanos pizza when we were in chicago for a holiday. Lou's is the best out of the chain pizza places but a little different than Giordano's style deep dish. My favorite tradition deep dish is Bartollis but since that's one location Gino's is the next best thing.
In my opinion. Burt's beats pequods. Burt Katz was one of the original owners of pequods and it's his awesome crust which is the magic. Go to Burt's while you can. He's not much longer for this world. And it WILL close down when he goes. I'll be honest I found Giordano's to be disgusting. It way way too doughy and undercooked for me and just slopped together. I love Lou Malnatis on the otherhand. My brother lives in Chicago and one of my favorite things when visiting is to order from Giordano's at least once. I love my NY pizza, but damn Chicago can do pizza pretty alright too.
From reading the comments I guess I'm spoiled from having a pretty damn good Chicago pizza place Tortugas 10min away from my house in Alabama. I've never been to Chicago, but the owners are from there and even the first review on yelp mentions how it's very close to Giordano's. This makes me nostalgic. When we lived in Milwaukee, we drove down to Burt's every months. The craving would be simply unbearable. The place has its charm, order on the phone, arrive to your pizza, no starters no nonsense. The best part would be the quick chats with Burt and the lady.
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Oh my god, i've never eaten a better burger in my life. Go, new Burgerfriend, you will thank me later. It is life changing. Please PM me so we can arrange the details of this new partnership. Or the red Picasso? Da bears. Goddamn is Lou's crust good. Also that bacon salad they serve.. Can confirm. Best review and summary I've seen to date. No one's will is that strong. It'd be cool learning that paragraph from experience over years. Big fan. Art of Pizza wins in my book. Art of Pizza is incredible. Can't wait!! Thank you for mentioning this! Like Jesus I wanna grab some pizza now.
Our hotel gave us a coupon for a free appetizer. Our server was an adorable young lady can't remember her name who was bubbly and genuiningly friendly, and we really enjoyed the complimentary chocolate chip cookies she gave us at the end of our visit.
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Great Pizza, appetizer and service and a terrific value in a city that can have some pretty pricey eats. My wife and I enjoyed an awesome dinner at Belle Bacino's while on a short business trip to Chicago. The chef was very open to our request for a dish not on their menu and it was excellent.
Our waiter, Gabriel, provided some of the best service we've seen for some time and we travel a lot. He was very accomodating to our requests and questions, stayed on top of every detail and has a warm personality that made for a very pleasant evening at the restaurant. They are lucky to have a such a great staff - especially people like Gabriel sorry don't know the chef's name, but thank you too chef!
Me and my friends went to this place on a Saturday night for dinner.
It is supposed to be famous for its deep-dish pizza and we wanted to try it. We made a reservation half an hour earlier and when we got there we only had to wait 5 minutes before we got our table, even though the place was packed. When the server came he straight away told us that they will not be offering deep dish pizzas because it takes one and a half hours to make it, so they have stopped it. I thought that this was very unfair. When we made the reservation they could have told us that they were not making the pizzas anymore and we could have tried another restaurant.
However, their ignorance resulted in us having the usual pizes. The appetizers of Calamari and Brushetta were quite good. I wished that for the brushetta, they put the tomatoes on the bread and decorated it. Instead they just serve it separately and I have to put it on myself. If I wanted to make brushetta myself, I would have stayed at home and done it.
The ultra thin pizes were really delicious and the portion was just nice for one person.
All in all, the food was good, but the service should have been better. Loved the food Romano-crusted-chicken salad, calamari and the ravioli special and the service was excellent. Needs a paint job! Great place for an affordable and tasty dinner. Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Tip: All of your saved places can be found here in My Trips. Log in to get trip updates and message other travelers.
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