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Ike Barinholtz of The Mindy Project Discusses His Love of Deep Dish Pizza

Photo: Ike Barinholtz / The Mindy Project on FOX

In honor of Pizza Week, we asked some celebrity folks who grew up or spent significant time living in Chicago how they feel about non-Chicagoans' dismissive attitude towards deep dish pizza. Today we talk to Ike Barinholtz, who was born in Rogers Park and grew up in Lakeview. Barinholtz logged five seasons as a writer and performer on FOX's MADtv before joining FOX's The Mindy Project (returning Tuesday, April 1 at 8:00 p.m.) as a cast member and writer, and will next be seen in the Seth Rogen comedy Neighbors, out May 9.

Non-Chicagoans have been notoriously dismissive about Chicago deep dish pizza — where do you stand on the issue?
With respect to Jon Stewart, anyone that doesn't like deep dish pizza is either a liar or has bad taste. Deep dish is the most delicious foodstuff in the world. And if they don't want to call it pizza, fine, whatever. You could call it a sock and it would still be one of my favorite things to eat.

Because we were unable to get good deep dish in Los Angeles, for years I spent many hours reading message boards learning how to make my own. Let me tell you, when you roll into someone's house in LA to watch a Bears game with three deep dish (pizzas), you become A GOD.

What are your favorite pizza places and what do you usually order when you go there?
I have to say that Lou Malnati's is my favorite deep dish. My parents used to pick me up at the airport and they'd have Lou's in the car. I like pepperoni with the butter crust and some crushed red pepper on the side. And because I'm not some narrow-minded New Yorker, I can say that I also enjoy thin crust. For that I prefer Bojono's on the north side.
· All Pizza Week 2014 Coverage [~ECHI~]
· Ike Barinholtz [Twitter]
· The Mindy Proejct [Official Site]