Who has the best deep dish pizza in Chicago? Giordano’s or Lou Malnati’s? During our visit to Chicago, we visited both of these iconic pizzerias. In this post, we reveal what we liked about each and which we thought had the best Chicago deep dish pizza.
Before our trip to Chicago, we 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 we wanted to make sure we had somewhat of a plan so that we maximized our time. At the top of the list? Eating Chicago deep dish pizza!
Now, we’re going to make this very clear: WE LOVE PIZZA! If we could only eat one thing for the rest of our lives, it would be pizza. So where we were going to get the “best deep dish pizza in Chicago” is what we ended up researching the most. We asked people that had lived in and visited Chicago. We Googled it. We read other blogs. And the two places that kept coming up? Giordano’s and Lou Malnati’s. So of course, we had to go to both!
There are multiple Giordano’s locations, but we tried the Magnificent Mile location of Giordano’s first and we 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 deep dish 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. We think the pizza was definitely worth the wait.
We ordered a cheese pizza. We’re what we like to call “Pizza Purists” when it comes to pizza. Usually no other toppings, except the occasional pepperoni.
When it arrived at our table and our server put the first slice on a plate, the first thing we noticed was all the cheese (our favorite part). It was frickin’ loaded with cheese! It did that whole stretchy thing that we love so much. The sauce was really good too. It was sweet, but not too sweet. We will say that we 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 who did we think had the best deep dish pizza in Chicago? It’s tough. But we would tip the scale slightly towards Giordano’s. My friend, probably towards Lou Malnati’s. The cheese was a factor in my decision, and the sauce a factor in his.
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? Let us know in the comments below! 🙂
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