Lou Malnati & Chicago’s Deep Dish

Lou Malnati’s is Chicago’s beloved pizzeria.  This is the original location and they have multiple locations all over Chicago.  

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The decor is classic pizzeria and the ambiance matches the decor.  There’s a bar area in addition to tables.  I sat at the bar and the bartender recommended the sausage pizza.  It took about 20 minutes to make which gave me enough time to get alcohol up to open up my palate.  However, Chicagoans had to wait more than 100 years for the Cubs to win the World Series again.  Lou Malnati’s resorted to having a picture of a Yankee’s player on the wall.

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The decor

Now, the details of the deep dish pizza.  I went with the Malnati Chicago Classic.  It contains Lou’s lean sausage, some extra cheese and vine-ripened tomato sauce on “Buttercrust.”  It had a buttery crunchy crust, heavy on the toppings, and elastic mozzarella cheese; the cheese, sausage, and tomato are at least 60% of the pizza, so it was literally a pie.  This is definitely not a New York fold-able pie, but it was perfect pie throw at someone you dislike cause it’ll knock them unconscious.

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Malnati Chicago Classic

The layering of the pizza is what makes it great.  It’s the vine-ripened tomato sauce then the cheese then the sausage then another layer of tomato sauce and then the crust.  The combination made the pizza savory.  It also made the pizza comforting like your pillow and bed after sex.  It was full of flavor and layering of the pizza was key.  It totally stole the show from any other Chicago superstar like how Michael Jordan is still a legend with the Bulls.  Everyone else is a joke like Joakim Noah.

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Malnati Chicago Classic

The difference between Chicago and New York pies are the components of the pies.  Chicago is all about crunchy crust, fresh ingredients and heavy on the toppings.  New York focuses on the dough, sauce, mozzarella and the toppings take a backseat.   Therefore, it’s really up to your preference on how you enjoy your pizza like how you enjoy watching people fall on their face.  Both are a good time like laughing the guy’s facial expression in the below picture.

Lou Malnati Chicago
The decor

Lastly, Lou Malnati’s is definitely the best Chicago pizza when compared to other Chicago pizzerias.  It’s impressive to see it land on someone’s face when you throw it at them.  Anyway, as good as it is, it still falls short of the glory of my favorite New York Sicilian pie, which is Prince St Pizza.

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Lou Malnati Chicago
Store front
  • 7/10
    Service - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Presentation - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Flavors - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Decor - 7/10
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    Ambiance - 7/10
7.4/10

Summary

The Chicago Deep Dish standard is at Lou Malnati’s. They have locations all over Chicago for the opportunity to sink your teeth into crunchy and savory pizza. Its elastic cheese, heavy handed ingredients and crunchy crust is enough to make any pizza fanatic reach for a second slice.

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