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Where to Devour Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza

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Bartoli’s serves a first-rate deep dish pie.
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Originally invented in the ‘40s, the Chicago deep-dish pizza is typically characterized by tall, flaky crust holding thick layers of mozzarella cheese and chunky tomato sauce. Fennel sausage patties are also a popular choice of topping.

The dish is generally eaten with a knife and fork and considered a rite of passage for Chicagoans, as well as a culinary attraction for visitors. There are even variants, such as stuffed. The dish is polarizing, as it’s become a civic symbol for those who live outside of Chicago. That’s led to some resentment, as though locals enjoy deep dish — albeit more on an occasional basis — there’s more to Chicago than its pan pizzas. The city’s culture is also changing as criticism — mostly levied by lazy East Coasters and the ex-Chicagoan who accompanied Chicago native Michelle Obama to the inauguration — just doesn’t result in the same consternation as in the past.

Many pizzerias around town offer the delicacy, these following spots do it best. The latest additions to the list include virtual restaurant Milly’s Pizza in the Pan and South Side favorites Louisa’s Pizza & Pasta and Nino’s.

As of January 23, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 25 percent maximum capacity per room. At the same time, despite winter weather, a number of Chicago restaurants continue to offer outdoor seating. Regardless, the state requires reservations for indoor and outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Burt's Place

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8541 Ferris Ave
Morton Grove, IL 60053
(847) 965-7997
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Legendary pizza maker Burt Katz passed away a few years ago but his legacy lives on at this Morton Grove restaurant. The pizzeria’s popularity surged after a 2009 visit from Anthony Bourdain. Reopened in 2017 under new ownership, Burt’s Place continues to turn out Katz’s renowned pan pie with caramelized crust, a recipe he also introduced to Pequod’s and other local pizzerias. The revamp brought some improvements to the dining experience as well, including a remodeled space, carryout service, and tables for walk-in diners. Call (847) 965-7997 to place an order for pickup.

A half portion of pizza in a pan sitting on a patio table.
The caramelized crust is the X factor at Burt’s Place.
Burt’s Place [Official Photo]

2. Bartoli's

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1955 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 248-0455
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Bartoli’s owner Brian Tondryk comes from an esteemed family of pizza experts. His grandfather was a founder of Gino’s East so it’s no surprise that Tondryk’s pies are similarly remarkable, boasting light, flaky crust and layers of mild mozzarella and sweet red sauce. There are several versions to choose from, but nonna Bartoli’s special spinach and cheese pizza is a standout. Click here to order carryout or delivery. There’s also a location in West Town.

A slice of deep dish pizza being lifted out of the pan.
Bartoli’s most popular pizza features spinach.
Bartoli’s [Official Photo]

3. The Art of Pizza

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3033 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 327-5600
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Eating an entire pan pizza is a daunting challenge. Fortunately, this Lakeview favorite saves waistlines by selling individual slices. The Art of Pizza’s flaky crust holds up to the bright tomato sauce and mounds of Wisconsin cheese. Stuffed pies are available too. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed here. There’s also a South Loop location.

4. Pequod's

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2207 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 327-1512
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Regarded as one of Chicago’s essential restaurants, Pequod’s is best known for its caramelized crust. The airy dough is baked with a thin layer of cheese, producing crispy edges that have subtle flavor and a bit of chewiness. It acts as the perfect base for toppings like sausage, Italian beef, meatballs, and giardiniera. Individual-sized pan pizzas are available for those dining solo. Click here to place an order for carryout or delivery.

5. My Pi Pizza

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2010 N Damen Ave E
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 394-6900
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Located in a Bucktown strip mall, My Pi ranks up there with the city’s best. The pizza’s light and crispy crust is covered in Wisconsin cheese and sweet sauce full of chunks of San Marzano tomatoes. The menu also offers a variety of vegan-friendly toppings, such as artichokes and vegan sausage. Seating is limited inside the small counter-service restaurant. Delivery and carryout orders can be placed here.

6. Milly's Pizza in the Pan

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1801 N Spaulding Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(224) 656-4732
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The most buzzed about pan pizzas at the moment are coming out of this Logan Square virtual restaurant. Inspired by Burt Katz’s beloved caramelized crust, chef Robert Maleski covers the dough with mozzarella and bakes it three times. The end result is a cheesy frico crust that adds savory crunch to each slice. Maleski puts his own stamp on the classic recipe with unique topping combinations like the “Covfefe” (peppadew peppers, sausage, mushrooms, red onions, toy box tomatoes, spinach, ricotta) and the “Que Suerte” (pineapple, cherry tomatoes, jalapenos, brown sugar bacon). Orders for carryout and DoorDash delivery can be placed here; availability is limited and selections tend to sell out quickly.

7. Lou Malnati's

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1120 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 725-7777
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Chicago’s most ubiquitous pizza chain is also among the finest. Opened in 1971, Lou Malnati’s has helped spread the popularity of deep dish across the city and country. The Malnati clan claims to have had a hand in the dish’s creation and its signature “Malnati Chicago Classic” — sausage, cheese, and tomato sauce on buttercrust — still sets the standard for an excellent pie. The restaurant offers carryout and delivery.

8. Pizano's Pizza & Pasta

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864 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 751-1766
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The history of deep-dish pizza is intrinsically linked to one Chicago family — the Malnatis. Rudy Malnati Sr., a longtime employee at Pizzeria Uno, is credited with helping to invent the style. His sons would go on to start a pizza empire by opening Lou Malnati’s and this smaller mini chain, Pizano’s. What sets the pies here apart from the competition is the dough, which was developed by owner Rudy Malnati Jr.’s late mother, Donna Marie Malnati. The namesake “Rudy’s Special” is a harmonious marriage of that golden crust with sausage, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed online.  

9. Gino's East

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162 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-3337
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Spanning all the way back to 1966, Gino’s East is a deep-dish specialist that many Chicagoans are familiar with. Expect a heavy helping of mozzarella and tangy tomato sauce atop cornmeal crust made from a secret recipe. Menu highlights include the “Diavola” (spicy pepperoni, basil, white truffle oil) and the “Chicago Fire” (spicy sausage, roasted red peppers, red onions). To order carryout or pickup, click here.

10. Giordano's

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730 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 951-0747
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Deep dish is the Chicago-style pizza that gets most of the attention. This famous local chain specializes in an equally popular variant, though, known as stuffed pizza. Similar to deep dish, the crust is loaded with mozzarella and toppings. But an additional layer of dough above the cheese and below the tomato sauce cranks it up a notch. At Giordano’s, diners can try compelling combinations like the “Special” (sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions) and “Bacon BBQ Chicken” (barbecue chicken, bacon, balsamic onions, barbecue sauce). For carryout and delivery, click here.

11. Pizzeria Uno

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29 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 321-1000
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The spot that started it all back in 1943 is still one of the biggest attractions in River North. Founders Ike Sewell and Ric Riccardo are credited with creating the deep-dish pizza and their famous restaurant churns out options such as the “Numero Uno” — sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers — to hungry tourists and Chicagoans alike. Aspiring pizza makers can also sign up for cooking classes to learn how to master the craft. Orders for pickup and delivery can be placed online.

12. Labriola

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535 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 955-3100
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The Magnificent Mile is full of tourist traps but this Italian restaurant is a notable exception. Its deep dish features a caramelized, focaccia-like crust that’s crispy on the edges while light and fluffy on the inside. The pies are finished with sharp mozzarella and chunky sauce, and the best-selling “Danny’s Special” adds fennel sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, and onions to the mix. Order here for pickup or delivery.

13. Nancy's Pizzeria

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1000 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-9920
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Though it originated at Guy’s Pizza in Hermosa, stuffed pizza is commonly associated with this local chain. That’s because Annunziata Palese, aka “Nancy,” helped create the style before opening the first Nancy’s in Harwood Heights in 1973. Each pie is two-and-a-half inches tall and packed with tons of cheese, sauce, toppings, and two layers of dough. Folks can customize their own ingredients or opt for one of the greatest hits, such as the “Spicy Pepino” (pepperoni, giardiniera, banana peppers). The restaurant offers carryout and delivery.

A glorious photo of a Chicago-style stuffed pizza. Nancy’s Pizza [Official Photo]

14. Nino's Pizza

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4835 W 111th St
Alsip, IL 60803
(708) 423-9100
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Alsip locals know to head to Nino’s for the area’s most impressive deep dish. The pie’s tall, flaky crust forms a thick wall around a gooey mound of cheese and acidic tomato sauce. Getting it with the meaty sausage is highly recommended. The kitchen also offers stuffed and pan pizzas. Call (708) 423-9100 for carryout or delivery.

15. Louisa's Pizza & Pasta

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14025 S Cicero Ave
Crestwood, IL 60445
(708) 371-0950

Pizzaiola Louisa DeGenero honed her skills at Pizzeria Due before relocating to the south suburbs in 1981. Today, her family carries on her legacy with pies that are a paragon of the form. The crisp and buttery crust is complemented by hunks of Anichini sausage, part-skim mozzarella, and bright and chunky tomato sauce seasoned with homegrown herbs. Call (708) 371-0950 to order carryout.

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1. Burt's Place

8541 Ferris Ave, Morton Grove, IL 60053
A half portion of pizza in a pan sitting on a patio table.
The caramelized crust is the X factor at Burt’s Place.
Burt’s Place [Official Photo]

Legendary pizza maker Burt Katz passed away a few years ago but his legacy lives on at this Morton Grove restaurant. The pizzeria’s popularity surged after a 2009 visit from Anthony Bourdain. Reopened in 2017 under new ownership, Burt’s Place continues to turn out Katz’s renowned pan pie with caramelized crust, a recipe he also introduced to Pequod’s and other local pizzerias. The revamp brought some improvements to the dining experience as well, including a remodeled space, carryout service, and tables for walk-in diners. Call (847) 965-7997 to place an order for pickup.

8541 Ferris Ave
Morton Grove, IL 60053

2. Bartoli's

1955 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613
A slice of deep dish pizza being lifted out of the pan.
Bartoli’s most popular pizza features spinach.
Bartoli’s [Official Photo]

Bartoli’s owner Brian Tondryk comes from an esteemed family of pizza experts. His grandfather was a founder of Gino’s East so it’s no surprise that Tondryk’s pies are similarly remarkable, boasting light, flaky crust and layers of mild mozzarella and sweet red sauce. There are several versions to choose from, but nonna Bartoli’s special spinach and cheese pizza is a standout. Click here to order carryout or delivery. There’s also a location in West Town.

1955 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613

3. The Art of Pizza

3033 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Eating an entire pan pizza is a daunting challenge. Fortunately, this Lakeview favorite saves waistlines by selling individual slices. The Art of Pizza’s flaky crust holds up to the bright tomato sauce and mounds of Wisconsin cheese. Stuffed pies are available too. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed here. There’s also a South Loop location.

3033 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

4. Pequod's

2207 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Regarded as one of Chicago’s essential restaurants, Pequod’s is best known for its caramelized crust. The airy dough is baked with a thin layer of cheese, producing crispy edges that have subtle flavor and a bit of chewiness. It acts as the perfect base for toppings like sausage, Italian beef, meatballs, and giardiniera. Individual-sized pan pizzas are available for those dining solo. Click here to place an order for carryout or delivery.

2207 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

5. My Pi Pizza

2010 N Damen Ave E, Chicago, IL 60647

Located in a Bucktown strip mall, My Pi ranks up there with the city’s best. The pizza’s light and crispy crust is covered in Wisconsin cheese and sweet sauce full of chunks of San Marzano tomatoes. The menu also offers a variety of vegan-friendly toppings, such as artichokes and vegan sausage. Seating is limited inside the small counter-service restaurant. Delivery and carryout orders can be placed here.

2010 N Damen Ave E
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Milly's Pizza in the Pan

1801 N Spaulding Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

The most buzzed about pan pizzas at the moment are coming out of this Logan Square virtual restaurant. Inspired by Burt Katz’s beloved caramelized crust, chef Robert Maleski covers the dough with mozzarella and bakes it three times. The end result is a cheesy frico crust that adds savory crunch to each slice. Maleski puts his own stamp on the classic recipe with unique topping combinations like the “Covfefe” (peppadew peppers, sausage, mushrooms, red onions, toy box tomatoes, spinach, ricotta) and the “Que Suerte” (pineapple, cherry tomatoes, jalapenos, brown sugar bacon). Orders for carryout and DoorDash delivery can be placed here; availability is limited and selections tend to sell out quickly.

1801 N Spaulding Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

7. Lou Malnati's

1120 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610

Chicago’s most ubiquitous pizza chain is also among the finest. Opened in 1971, Lou Malnati’s has helped spread the popularity of deep dish across the city and country. The Malnati clan claims to have had a hand in the dish’s creation and its signature “Malnati Chicago Classic” — sausage, cheese, and tomato sauce on buttercrust — still sets the standard for an excellent pie. The restaurant offers carryout and delivery.

1120 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610

8. Pizano's Pizza & Pasta

864 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610

The history of deep-dish pizza is intrinsically linked to one Chicago family — the Malnatis. Rudy Malnati Sr., a longtime employee at Pizzeria Uno, is credited with helping to invent the style. His sons would go on to start a pizza empire by opening Lou Malnati’s and this smaller mini chain, Pizano’s. What sets the pies here apart from the competition is the dough, which was developed by owner Rudy Malnati Jr.’s late mother, Donna Marie Malnati. The namesake “Rudy’s Special” is a harmonious marriage of that golden crust with sausage, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed online.  

864 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610

9. Gino's East

162 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611

Spanning all the way back to 1966, Gino’s East is a deep-dish specialist that many Chicagoans are familiar with. Expect a heavy helping of mozzarella and tangy tomato sauce atop cornmeal crust made from a secret recipe. Menu highlights include the “Diavola” (spicy pepperoni, basil, white truffle oil) and the “Chicago Fire” (spicy sausage, roasted red peppers, red onions). To order carryout or pickup, click here.

162 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611

10. Giordano's

730 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Deep dish is the Chicago-style pizza that gets most of the attention. This famous local chain specializes in an equally popular variant, though, known as stuffed pizza. Similar to deep dish, the crust is loaded with mozzarella and toppings. But an additional layer of dough above the cheese and below the tomato sauce cranks it up a notch. At Giordano’s, diners can try compelling combinations like the “Special” (sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions) and “Bacon BBQ Chicken” (barbecue chicken, bacon, balsamic onions, barbecue sauce). For carryout and delivery, click here.

730 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

11. Pizzeria Uno

29 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

The spot that started it all back in 1943 is still one of the biggest attractions in River North. Founders Ike Sewell and Ric Riccardo are credited with creating the deep-dish pizza and their famous restaurant churns out options such as the “Numero Uno” — sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers — to hungry tourists and Chicagoans alike. Aspiring pizza makers can also sign up for cooking classes to learn how to master the craft. Orders for pickup and delivery can be placed online.

29 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611

12. Labriola

535 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

The Magnificent Mile is full of tourist traps but this Italian restaurant is a notable exception. Its deep dish features a caramelized, focaccia-like crust that’s crispy on the edges while light and fluffy on the inside. The pies are finished with sharp mozzarella and chunky sauce, and the best-selling “Danny’s Special” adds fennel sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, and onions to the mix. Order here for pickup or delivery.

535 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

13. Nancy's Pizzeria

1000 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607
A glorious photo of a Chicago-style stuffed pizza. Nancy’s Pizza [Official Photo]

Though it originated at Guy’s Pizza in Hermosa, stuffed pizza is commonly associated with this local chain. That’s because Annunziata Palese, aka “Nancy,” helped create the style before opening the first Nancy’s in Harwood Heights in 1973. Each pie is two-and-a-half inches tall and packed with tons of cheese, sauce, toppings, and two layers of dough. Folks can customize their own ingredients or opt for one of the greatest hits, such as the “Spicy Pepino” (pepperoni, giardiniera, banana peppers). The restaurant offers carryout and delivery.

1000 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607

14. Nino's Pizza

4835 W 111th St, Alsip, IL 60803

Alsip locals know to head to Nino’s for the area’s most impressive deep dish. The pie’s tall, flaky crust forms a thick wall around a gooey mound of cheese and acidic tomato sauce. Getting it with the meaty sausage is highly recommended. The kitchen also offers stuffed and pan pizzas. Call (708) 423-9100 for carryout or delivery.

4835 W 111th St
Alsip, IL 60803

15. Louisa's Pizza & Pasta

14025 S Cicero Ave, Crestwood, IL 60445

Pizzaiola Louisa DeGenero honed her skills at Pizzeria Due before relocating to the south suburbs in 1981. Today, her family carries on her legacy with pies that are a paragon of the form. The crisp and buttery crust is complemented by hunks of Anichini sausage, part-skim mozzarella, and bright and chunky tomato sauce seasoned with homegrown herbs. Call (708) 371-0950 to order carryout.

14025 S Cicero Ave
Crestwood, IL 60445

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