Pizano’s Pizza & Chicago Thin Crust

Pizano’s pizza is considered one of the best pizza parlors in Chicago next to a few notable ones like Lou Malnati‘s and Giordano’s.  

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The restaurant is pretty much across to Millennium Park on Madison. It’s open late and the first meal I had in Chicago.  There’s a bar and a bunch of tables in the restaurant.  It has a very dive-ish feel to it.  The staff were all courteous and full of recommendations unlike the New York attitude.

We sat at the bar cause I wanted to have a couple of drinks to open up my palate.  In all honesty, I wanted to drink.  Anyway, the bartender recommended the thin versus thick pies cause Pizano’s is known for their thin pies.  However, I’ve been overweight all my life and have overeating issues so I went with both pies.

  1. Thick Crust – I went with the individual cheese pizza, which is fairly large personal pizza and about 6″ wide.  It’s about two inches thick and the crust was burnt; the burnt crust made it really hard to chew.  The fresh mozzarella was pretty good but not as ooey gooey and elastic as I would have hope.  I like my mozzarella to stretch as I pull the slices apart.  It was a bit of a disappointment like when you finally get a call from your girlfriend or boyfriend but they only called to break up with you.
    Pizano’s Pizza Chicago
    Thick Crust
  2. Thin Crust – I decided on the medium Rudy’s Special Thin Crust.  It contained cheese, sausage, mushrooms, onions, green pepper and 12 inches wide.  This is not a New York fold-able pie.  It had a buttery crunchy crust, heavy on the toppings, and elastic cheese.  The cheese and toppings is at least 40% of the pizza.  It was full of flavor and it was the toppings that made the pizza stand out like Kim Kardashian’s back side.
    Pizano’s Pizza Chicago
    Thin Crust

Overall, Pizano’s is a good example of a thin crust Chicago pizza.  It was definitely an enjoyable experience and the thin crust was definitely better than the thick as the bartender said.  However, I still prefer New York pizza over Chicago pizza, but Pizano’s thin crust could be the next best thing in Chicago like Derrick Rose.

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  • 6.5/10
    Service - 6.5/10
  • 6.5/10
    Presentation - 6.5/10
  • 7/10
    Flavors - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Decor - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Ambiance - 6/10


Pizano’s pizza is considered one of the best pizza parlors in Chicago next to a few notable ones like Lou Malnati’s and Giordano’s. It’s across to Millennium Park on Madison. The thin crust is the way to go like how the Chicago Bulls traded Joakim Noah.

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