With an inch loaded with gooey mozzarella cheese, packed with numerous toppings that can include veggies or all meat, and topped with a chunky tomato sauce; Chicago’s deep dish pizza is without rival (sorry New York). Within Chicago, numerous restaurants claim to have the best pizza in the Second City, however, I believe that the top three are: Giordano’s, Lou Malnati’s, and Gino’s East. Regardless of which one you think is the tastiest, all of these pizza joints are definitely worth a try. Since these pizzas are huge, I would highly recommend bringing an appetite and friends to help you attempt to finish. Just a tip: These types of pizzas usually take a while to prepare, I suggest preordering ahead (at least 45 minutes to an hour advance, when it is just fresh out of the oven.)
- Giordano’s: With a location both near the Loyola Lakeshore Campus and the Water Tower Campus, this restaurant is conveniently located and fairly priced, making it the perfect place for friends to hang out and relax. If you are a meat lover, look no further: an option for you would be the “meat and more meat” pizza stuffed with pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, bacon, salami and on top more crispy and crunchy bacon pieces. If you are vegetarian, no fears! The stuffed vegetarian pizza is equally as tasty with a range of veggies: spinach, green peppers, grilled onions, olives, mushrooms, and broccoli. For more pizza combinations and suggestions go on: https://giordanos.com/menu/gold-coast-magnificent-mile/#stuffed-deep-dish (for more information).
- Lou Malnati’s: Two words: Buttered Crust! Of all of Chicago’s pizza restaurants, Lou Malnati’s delivers buttery, crispy crust goodness. With a comfortable price and atmosphere, the restaurant is truly welcoming to students. Two pizzas I would suggest for you to try would be the Malnati Chicago Classic and the The Lou. In the Chicago Classic, lean sausage is packed into extra gooey cheese, with its signature delectable butter crust. On The Lou pizza, the restaurant’s signature dish, vegetarian delight is an understatement. With spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes, and a blend of three creamy cheeses of mozzarella, Romano, and cheddar and finished off with a buttery garlic crust, this pizza is a hit! With locations near DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus and one near the Water Tower campus, the restaurant is just as easily accessible. https://www.loumalnatis.com/our-menu#chicago___river_north__full_service_restaurant__amp__bar_
- Gino’s East: With a thick ‘level’ of melted cheese at the bottom of chunky tomato sauce, how can you go wrong? Like its competitors, this joint has a meat lover’s pizza with its Meaty Legend dubbed the “carnivore’s dream” and rightly so: pounds of pepperoni, Italian sausage, Canadian Bacon, and of course crispy bacon. Unique to Gino’s is an especially “hot” dish with the The Chicago Fire. Within this baked goodness, spicy Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, red onions, and or course jalapenos. With locations near Lakeview and the Water Tower campus, this restaurant allows you to explore vibrant neighborhoods that you may have otherwise bypass. For more information: http://www.ginoseast.com/deep-dish-pizza