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Delicious pizza comes in many forms in Chicago.
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20 Standout Chicago Pizzerias

Where to find Chicago’s most beloved pizzas, no matter the style

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Delicious pizza comes in many forms in Chicago.
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The politics of Chicago pizza will continue to spark debate. The city has a love-hate relationship with deep dish, attempting to love the hometown dish while not allowing out of towners to pigeonhole the city’s culinary contributions. The city’s thin-crust specialty — tavern style — has its staunch supporters. But while celebrities sort out their feelings, pizzaiolos across the city are going beyond that binary with exciting new restaurants that push boundaries and tastebuds.

The following is just a sampling of the wonderful pizzerias in Chicago. There will be omissions and there will be hurt feelings. When folks think that the “Pizza I Grew Up Eating” (PIGUE) shunned, they take it personally. That emotion is nothing to exploit. Just remember to enjoy more pizza, and to argue less. That way we can live in pizza harmony, even if fans of Detroit and New York sports teams remain awful.

As of February 16, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 40 percent maximum capacity per room, or 50 people — whichever is fewer. 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 an 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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The legendary Morton Grove pizza parlor was reborn in 2017 after a year-and-a-half hiatus. Burt Katz’s famous pan pies with caramelized crusts live on under new ownership, while the restaurant has also received some upgrades. The dining room has been remodeled, there’s an expanded alcohol selection, and credit cards, carry-out, and walk-in diners are now accepted.

2. Lou Malnati's

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6649 N Lincoln Ave
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
(847) 673-0800
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As one of the original inventors of the Chicago deep dish, Lou Malnati’s has been an iconic institution for decades. The original Lincolnwood location started it all and is still churning out signature “Lou” pies, filled with spinach, mushrooms, and sliced tomatoes on a garlic buttercrust.

3. Dino's Italian Pizza & Italian Restaurant

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7004 W Higgins Ave
Chicago, IL 60656
(773) 763-4077
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The Northwest Side features several thin-crust pizzerias that rarely receive attention. Dino’s Pizza, near Harlem and Higgins, is among them with top-notch pies with an old-school ambience. The sausage here is also worth noting. Like many Chicago-style encased meats, there’s a heavy dose of fennel. But it’s still a unique flavor profile that goes well with the cheesy goodness that’s been served for 50-plus years.

4. Jimmy's Pizza Cafe

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5159 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 293-6992
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Is it sacrilegious to have a New York-style pizzeria on this list? Maybe. But when it’s as good as the East Coast pies coming from Jimmy’s, there’s no denying the allure. Even Chicagoans can appreciate the crisp and chewy slices that beg to be folded and scarfed down. Call it a Great Unifier.

5. Spacca Napoli

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1769 W Sunnyside Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 878-2420
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Neapolitan pizzas are the specialty here. The blistered, thin crust pies are made with traditional red sauce or olive oil, and fresh, quality ingredients like prosciutto, Italian sausage, spicy salami, and arugula pay tribute to Italy. But if guests just want a classic margherita? Well, that’s available too.

A Neopolitan pizza
Chicagoans love Spacca Napoli’s Neapolitan pies.
Spacca Napoli [Official Photo]

6. Suparossa Chicago

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4256 N Central Ave
Chicago, IL 60634
(773) 736-5828
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Stuffed pizza is another Chicago variant that doesn’t get enough love. This isn’t the oozing cheesy crust that makes up chain-restaurant nightmares. This is a supremely robust style that the uninitiated struggles with — they throw pejoratives like “casserole” at the dish while binging “Emily in Paris” to nurse their fragile East Coast egos. Suparossa is one of those chains that has endured the harassment, with big, bold pies that are full of cheese and sauce. Make no apologies while enjoying this pizza.

7. Bartoli's Pizzeria

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1955 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 248-0455
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Bartoli’s has locations in West Town and Roscoe Village and serves some of the best deep-dish pizza in the city. The lineage can be traced back to the owners of GIno’s East. The pies are lighter than typical deep dish with buttery crusts and fresh toppings. A slice from Bartoli’s provides a paradigm for what Chicago’s deep dish should look and taste like.

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

8. Pat's Pizza and Ristorante

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2679 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-0168
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Pat’s Pizza proves that tavern-style pizza isn’t just a South Side staple. Arguably the premier North Side pizzeria, Pat’s is consistent with friendly service and crisp pies. The sausage is mixed on premise, and it’s always was a satisfying bite.

A blade cutting through a pizza.
Pat’s tavern-style pies are among Chicago’s best.
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9. Paulie Gee's Logan Square

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2451 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 360-1072
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The Brooklyn-based pizzeria arrived with lots of hype surrounding its Neapolitan-inspired offerings and has managed to live up to the high expectations. Signature wood-fired creations include “Ricky Ricotta” (Italian tomatoes, sausage, Pecorino Romano, baby arugula, olive oil, ricotta) and “Hellboy” (mozzarella, Italian tomatoes, Berkshire soppressata piccante, Parmigiano Reggiano, Mike’s Hot Honey). There’s also an extensive selection of vegan-friendly pies as well as Detroit-style “Logan Squares” — dense rectangular slices with a caramelized crust. They’ve since opened a second location that serves slices in Wicker Park.

10. Pequod's

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2207 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 327-1512
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Chicagoans haven’t experienced deep dish nirvana until they've tried caramelized crust. Get pies loaded with ingredients such as sausage, spinach, ground beef, and giardiniera and be amazed at how a charred, chewy crust can improve a classic tenfold.

11. My Pi Pizza

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2010 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 394-6900
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My Pie specializes in deep dish inside a smallish shop at a Bucktown strip mall. Expect a well-seasoned crust packed with the right amount of cheese. The highlight is the spinach soufflé, which is more or less a deep dish packed with spinach kissed with garlic and herbs.

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12. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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1927 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 772-4422
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The place is always packed and there’s usually a wait but it’s easy to understand why people love the pies at Piece. The New Haven style thin-crust pizzas can be customized with red or white sauce and topped with an enormous list of ingredients, including mashed potatoes, artichoke hearts, broccoli, clams, and meatballs. Also check out a special pie using Doug Sohn (Hot Doug’s) own encased meats.

13. Pizza Friendly Pizza

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1039 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 395-2483
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Pizza Friendly Pizza neighbors the legendary Empty Bottle, a club that’s been shuttered since the start of the pandemic. Owner Bruce Finkelman turned to Noah Sandoval, chef at Michelin-starred Oriole, to create a unique Sicilian-inspired pie that’s crunchy and light. Sandoval has bridged various styles to deliver pies that are as fun as they are sophisticated. Keep an eye out for special “R&D” pies with duck confit and other rare ingredients.

Four square slices of pizza
Pizza Friendly Pizza has made a big splash in Ukrainian Village.
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14. Labriola Chicago

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535 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 955-3100
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Rich Labriola has a baking empire (he also owns the Chicago locations of LA-based Stan’s Donuts). A few years ago, he opened a restaurant off the Mag Mile where tourists could find deep-dish pizza without waiting in long lines, as the custom is at the usual suspects in Downtown Chicago. The deep dish at Labriola comes with a ring of char. The sauce is very balanced between sweet and bitter, and the crust is rarely soggy. The Russo Sausage continues to be a crowd pleaser.

15. Coalfire Pizza

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1321 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 226-2625
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An 800-degree coal-fired oven produces blistered thin crust pizzas that are crispy on the edges and soft and chewy in the center. It’s an impressive take on East Coast slices and the restaurant is serious about its pies, offering very little else on the menu. Choose one of the pre-customized pizzas, such as “Lasagna” (Berkshire ​sausage, ​sweet ​red pepper, ​whipped ​ricotta, ​basil, ​garlic) and “Vodka Meatball” (vodka ​tomato ​sauce, ​meatball, ​basil, stracciatella, ​pecorino ​romano), or customize one using high quality toppings.

16. Robert's Pizza and Dough Company

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465 N McClurg Ct
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 265-1328
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Robert’s has found a second home in a newer and larger location. The chef is a former engineer who is a perfectionist when it comes to his thin crusts. The dough has a slight chew and can be folded like a New York slice. But it’s not quite N.Y.-style. The gourmet ingredients are unique, but out of towners who aren’t ready to engage in Chicago’s pizza politics will be delighted with the simple Lia or Funghi.

17. Bonci

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161 N Sangamon St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 243-4016
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Pizza craftsman Gabriele Bonci introduced his world famous restaurant to America in 2017 with a West Loop location. The Roman-style pizza al taglio — baked in large rectangular trays and sold in slices by weight — boasts a focaccia-like crust and ever-changing topping combinations that include cured meats, artisanal cheeses, and other seasonal ingredients.

18. Pizza Fried Chicken Ice Cream

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964 W 31st St
Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 565-4192
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In Bridgeport, a group of fun-loving and talented chefs have found a partnership with the owners of Maria’s Community Bar to create a pizzeria with a silly name but serious food. Pizza Friendly Ice Cream started with Sicilian pizza before going for hometown credibility by developing a crispy tavern-style crust topped with South Side-style sausage and other top notch fixings. This is an incredibly crisp pizza that’s done perfectly — no underdone pies here.

19. Phil's Pizza

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1102 W 35th St
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 548-3203

Head to Sox Park to catch the "Good Guys" in action and then stroll over to Phil’s for some post-game grub. The no-frills, cash-only counter spot in Bridgeport is renowned for its thin crust. Make sure to get it with generous hunks of homemade sausage; it’s the real deal.

20. Vito & Nick's

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8433 S Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60652
(773) 735-2050
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Pizza enthusiasts flock to this longtime Eater 38 institution on the far South Side for some of the best extra thin crust pies in the city. The crunchy dough can be topped with a plethora of ingredients, ranging from shrimp and anchovies to sliced beef and sausage, and is best complemented with a pint of Old Style.

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1. Burt's Place

8541 Ferris Ave, Morton Grove, IL 60053

The legendary Morton Grove pizza parlor was reborn in 2017 after a year-and-a-half hiatus. Burt Katz’s famous pan pies with caramelized crusts live on under new ownership, while the restaurant has also received some upgrades. The dining room has been remodeled, there’s an expanded alcohol selection, and credit cards, carry-out, and walk-in diners are now accepted.

8541 Ferris Ave
Morton Grove, IL 60053

2. Lou Malnati's

6649 N Lincoln Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712

As one of the original inventors of the Chicago deep dish, Lou Malnati’s has been an iconic institution for decades. The original Lincolnwood location started it all and is still churning out signature “Lou” pies, filled with spinach, mushrooms, and sliced tomatoes on a garlic buttercrust.

6649 N Lincoln Ave
Lincolnwood, IL 60712

3. Dino's Italian Pizza & Italian Restaurant

7004 W Higgins Ave, Chicago, IL 60656

The Northwest Side features several thin-crust pizzerias that rarely receive attention. Dino’s Pizza, near Harlem and Higgins, is among them with top-notch pies with an old-school ambience. The sausage here is also worth noting. Like many Chicago-style encased meats, there’s a heavy dose of fennel. But it’s still a unique flavor profile that goes well with the cheesy goodness that’s been served for 50-plus years.

7004 W Higgins Ave
Chicago, IL 60656

4. Jimmy's Pizza Cafe

5159 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Is it sacrilegious to have a New York-style pizzeria on this list? Maybe. But when it’s as good as the East Coast pies coming from Jimmy’s, there’s no denying the allure. Even Chicagoans can appreciate the crisp and chewy slices that beg to be folded and scarfed down. Call it a Great Unifier.

5159 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

5. Spacca Napoli

1769 W Sunnyside Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
A Neopolitan pizza
Chicagoans love Spacca Napoli’s Neapolitan pies.
Spacca Napoli [Official Photo]

Neapolitan pizzas are the specialty here. The blistered, thin crust pies are made with traditional red sauce or olive oil, and fresh, quality ingredients like prosciutto, Italian sausage, spicy salami, and arugula pay tribute to Italy. But if guests just want a classic margherita? Well, that’s available too.

1769 W Sunnyside Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

6. Suparossa Chicago

4256 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60634

Stuffed pizza is another Chicago variant that doesn’t get enough love. This isn’t the oozing cheesy crust that makes up chain-restaurant nightmares. This is a supremely robust style that the uninitiated struggles with — they throw pejoratives like “casserole” at the dish while binging “Emily in Paris” to nurse their fragile East Coast egos. Suparossa is one of those chains that has endured the harassment, with big, bold pies that are full of cheese and sauce. Make no apologies while enjoying this pizza.

4256 N Central Ave
Chicago, IL 60634

7. Bartoli's Pizzeria

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

Bartoli’s has locations in West Town and Roscoe Village and serves some of the best deep-dish pizza in the city. The lineage can be traced back to the owners of GIno’s East. The pies are lighter than typical deep dish with buttery crusts and fresh toppings. A slice from Bartoli’s provides a paradigm for what Chicago’s deep dish should look and taste like.

1955 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613

8. Pat's Pizza and Ristorante

2679 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
A blade cutting through a pizza.
Pat’s tavern-style pies are among Chicago’s best.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Pat’s Pizza proves that tavern-style pizza isn’t just a South Side staple. Arguably the premier North Side pizzeria, Pat’s is consistent with friendly service and crisp pies. The sausage is mixed on premise, and it’s always was a satisfying bite.

2679 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

9. Paulie Gee's Logan Square

2451 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

The Brooklyn-based pizzeria arrived with lots of hype surrounding its Neapolitan-inspired offerings and has managed to live up to the high expectations. Signature wood-fired creations include “Ricky Ricotta” (Italian tomatoes, sausage, Pecorino Romano, baby arugula, olive oil, ricotta) and “Hellboy” (mozzarella, Italian tomatoes, Berkshire soppressata piccante, Parmigiano Reggiano, Mike’s Hot Honey). There’s also an extensive selection of vegan-friendly pies as well as Detroit-style “Logan Squares” — dense rectangular slices with a caramelized crust. They’ve since opened a second location that serves slices in Wicker Park.

2451 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

10. Pequod's

2207 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Chicagoans haven’t experienced deep dish nirvana until they've tried caramelized crust. Get pies loaded with ingredients such as sausage, spinach, ground beef, and giardiniera and be amazed at how a charred, chewy crust can improve a classic tenfold.

2207 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

11. My Pi Pizza

2010 N Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

My Pie specializes in deep dish inside a smallish shop at a Bucktown strip mall. Expect a well-seasoned crust packed with the right amount of cheese. The highlight is the spinach soufflé, which is more or less a deep dish packed with spinach kissed with garlic and herbs.

2010 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

12. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

1927 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

The place is always packed and there’s usually a wait but it’s easy to understand why people love the pies at Piece. The New Haven style thin-crust pizzas can be customized with red or white sauce and topped with an enormous list of ingredients, including mashed potatoes, artichoke hearts, broccoli, clams, and meatballs. Also check out a special pie using Doug Sohn (Hot Doug’s) own encased meats.

1927 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

13. Pizza Friendly Pizza

1039 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Four square slices of pizza
Pizza Friendly Pizza has made a big splash in Ukrainian Village.
Clayton Hauck/Pizza Friendly Pizza

Pizza Friendly Pizza neighbors the legendary Empty Bottle, a club that’s been shuttered since the start of the pandemic. Owner Bruce Finkelman turned to Noah Sandoval, chef at Michelin-starred Oriole, to create a unique Sicilian-inspired pie that’s crunchy and light. Sandoval has bridged various styles to deliver pies that are as fun as they are sophisticated. Keep an eye out for special “R&D” pies with duck confit and other rare ingredients.

1039 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

14. Labriola Chicago

535 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Rich Labriola has a baking empire (he also owns the Chicago locations of LA-based Stan’s Donuts). A few years ago, he opened a restaurant off the Mag Mile where tourists could find deep-dish pizza without waiting in long lines, as the custom is at the usual suspects in Downtown Chicago. The deep dish at Labriola comes with a ring of char. The sauce is very balanced between sweet and bitter, and the crust is rarely soggy. The Russo Sausage continues to be a crowd pleaser.

535 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

15. Coalfire Pizza

1321 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

An 800-degree coal-fired oven produces blistered thin crust pizzas that are crispy on the edges and soft and chewy in the center. It’s an impressive take on East Coast slices and the restaurant is serious about its pies, offering very little else on the menu. Choose one of the pre-customized pizzas, such as “Lasagna” (Berkshire ​sausage, ​sweet ​red pepper, ​whipped ​ricotta, ​basil, ​garlic) and “Vodka Meatball” (vodka ​tomato ​sauce, ​meatball, ​basil, stracciatella, ​pecorino ​romano), or customize one using high quality toppings.

1321 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

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16. Robert's Pizza and Dough Company

465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611

Robert’s has found a second home in a newer and larger location. The chef is a former engineer who is a perfectionist when it comes to his thin crusts. The dough has a slight chew and can be folded like a New York slice. But it’s not quite N.Y.-style. The gourmet ingredients are unique, but out of towners who aren’t ready to engage in Chicago’s pizza politics will be delighted with the simple Lia or Funghi.

465 N McClurg Ct
Chicago, IL 60611

17. Bonci

161 N Sangamon St, Chicago, IL 60607

Pizza craftsman Gabriele Bonci introduced his world famous restaurant to America in 2017 with a West Loop location. The Roman-style pizza al taglio — baked in large rectangular trays and sold in slices by weight — boasts a focaccia-like crust and ever-changing topping combinations that include cured meats, artisanal cheeses, and other seasonal ingredients.

161 N Sangamon St
Chicago, IL 60607

18. Pizza Fried Chicken Ice Cream

964 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60608

In Bridgeport, a group of fun-loving and talented chefs have found a partnership with the owners of Maria’s Community Bar to create a pizzeria with a silly name but serious food. Pizza Friendly Ice Cream started with Sicilian pizza before going for hometown credibility by developing a crispy tavern-style crust topped with South Side-style sausage and other top notch fixings. This is an incredibly crisp pizza that’s done perfectly — no underdone pies here.

964 W 31st St
Chicago, IL 60608

19. Phil's Pizza

1102 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609

Head to Sox Park to catch the "Good Guys" in action and then stroll over to Phil’s for some post-game grub. The no-frills, cash-only counter spot in Bridgeport is renowned for its thin crust. Make sure to get it with generous hunks of homemade sausage; it’s the real deal.

1102 W 35th St
Chicago, IL 60609

20. Vito & Nick's

8433 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60652

Pizza enthusiasts flock to this longtime Eater 38 institution on the far South Side for some of the best extra thin crust pies in the city. The crunchy dough can be topped with a plethora of ingredients, ranging from shrimp and anchovies to sliced beef and sausage, and is best complemented with a pint of Old Style.

8433 S Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60652

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