Before my trip to Chicago, I did a little research to figure out what things we wanted to do and what places we wanted to see. We were only going to be there for the weekend so I wanted to make sure we had somewhat of a plan so that we maximized our time. At the top of the list? Eating deep dish pizza!
Now, I’m going to make this very clear: I LOVE PIZZA! It’s a, if I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life it would be pizza, kind of love. So where we were going to get “Chicago’s best pizza” is what I ended up researching the most. I asked people that had lived in and visited Chicago. I Googled it. I read other blogs. And the two places that kept coming up? Giordano’s and Lou Malnati’s.
We tried the Magnificent Mile location of Giordano’s first and I immediately liked the vibe of the restaurant. It’s hard not to like it when there are phrases like “THOU SHALL EAT PIZZA – 11th COMMANDMENT” painted on the wall.
We had to wait about 40 minutes from the time we sat down, but that’s customary when you’re ordering this kind of pizza. It’s even recommended that before you sit down at your table, you pre-order your pizza at the register next to the check in area. I think the pizza was definitely worth the wait.
We ordered a cheese pizza. I’m what I like to call a “Pizza Purist” when it comes to pizza. Usually no other kinds, except the occasional pepperoni.
When it arrived at our table and our server put the first slice on a plate, the first thing I noticed was all the cheese (my favorite part). It was frickin’ loaded with cheese! It did that whole stretchy thing that I love so much. The sauce was really good too. It was sweet, but not too sweet. I will say that I felt that the crust was a little lacking because it tasted pretty plain. However, there wasn’t too much crust anyways and the amount of cheese totally made up for it.
The next day we tried the Gold Coast location of Lou Malnati’s. Again we pre-ordered and waited a bit before our cheese pizza arrived. This pizza was heavenly as well. Although there wasn’t as much cheese, the crust was definitely better. It was thicker and had more of a buttery taste. And the sauce? Two thumbs up.
So if I had to pick a winner? It’s tough. But I would tip the scale slightly towards Giordano’s. My friend, probably towards Lou’s.
So you see, this is a battle that will probably go on forever. The only way to truly determine who has the best pizza in Chicago, is to keep going back and eating at both 😉
Who do you think has the best pizza in Chicago?
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