Top 10 Pizza Places In Chicago of 2012

Chicago is known for many things: towering skyscrapers, gorgeous lakefront, Al Capone, sometimes questionable politicians, and of course, food. Chicago offers some of the best eats in the country, especially when it comes to pizza. There?s no other place in the world that dishes out more delicious, gooey, cheesy, mouth-watering Chicago-style pizza pie. Although there are literally thousands of pizza joints throughout the Chicagoland area, some are just plain better than others for a variety of reasons. If you?re ever in the Windy City or even if you already live here, and are looking to experience a true amazing, out of this world, Chicago-style pizza, here?s a list of my top 10 favorites that are guaranteed to satisfy your pizza-craving palate.

The List: Top 10 Pizza Places In Chicago

#1 Pizzaria Uno

The creator the Chicago-style pizza, also known as ?deep dish? back in 1943. Their thick buttery crust, chunky tomato sauce, and loads of cheese are to die for!

#2 Giordano?s

Giordano’s has over 40 restaurants in the area. They have been serving up some of the cheesiest, doughiest, and sauciest deep dish pizza in the city for nearly 40 years.

#3 Lou Malnati?s

The sauce is a little thinner than your typical Chicago-style pizza, however if anything, it allows for the flavor of the ingredients to pop. You can enjoy Lou Malnati?s pizza anywhere, as they will ship anywhere in the U.S.!

#4 Connie?s Pizza

Connie’s Pizza is the official pizza of the Chicago, Blackhawks, Bulls, and the Fire, but you don?t have to go to the stadium to enjoy their delicious, extra cheesy pies. With five area locations, you can dig in anytime.

#5 Fox?s Restaurant & Pub

Fox’s offers one of my favorite thin crust pizzas in the city. The tasty sauce, topped with a generous amount of fresh ingredients and gooey cheese is incredible; makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

#6 Bacino’s

Bacino’s serves up a chunkier sauce than most. Pizza doesn?t have to be as fattening as you would think. Their ?heart healthy? stuffed spinach pizza was the first to be officially recognized by the Chicago Heart Association.

#7 Gino?s East

Gino’s is a legend in Chicago. It?s an excellent choice if you?re looking for a night out with friends, family, or that special someone.

#8 Nancy?s Pizza

Nancy’s has been voted ?Chicago?s Best Pizza? over and over again. Which, considering how many pizza joints there are in Chicago, is not an easy thing to achieve. They use only the freshest and highest quality ingredients.

#9 Pizano?s Pizza

Pizano’s is not only one of my top choices; Oprah has also stated that this was her favorite pizza in Chicago. I recommend ?Rudy?s Choice? which is a traditional deep-dish pizza stuffed with cheese, onion, mushroom, and green pepper, topped with a tasty sauce.

#10 Chicago Pizza And Oven Grinder Co.

Oven Grinder’s offers something unique. Try their single-serving pizza pot pies “made from scratch” with triple-raised Sicilian bread-type dough, a homemade sauce consisting of fresh garlic, whole plum tomatoes, olive oil, green peppers, onions, sausage, massive fresh mushrooms, and topped with a special blend of cheeses.

There?s No Better Pizza than a Chicago-Style Stuffed Pizza

Take a trip to any of these well-known Chicago Pizza establishments and you will not be disappointed. Although many all over the world have tried to duplicate the food that our city is most known for, the only place to go for authentic Chicago-style pizza is right here in Chicago.

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  1. Kort Kort
    June 27, 2012    

    Seriously? Pequod’s didn’t even make the list? traveler, you have some traveling to do!

    • Al Al
      June 27, 2012    

      Next time we’re over in the Lincoln Park area or Morton Grove we’ll try it out and report back! thanks for the heads up Kort!

    • rnwilis rnwilis
      April 22, 2014    

      +1 Pequod?s for sure.

  2. James James
    October 13, 2012    

    I think you forgot the original Nik and Vito`s on Pulaski…

  3. Adam Adam
    January 17, 2013    

    Giordano’s is stuffed pizza NOT deep dish. There is a difference.

    • Al Al
      January 17, 2013    

      Ah yes Adam, we have heard this argument before. We aren’t going to argue with your logic at all… that’s what is so great about our city! :)

  4. idk idk
    March 20, 2013    

    Giordano’s might be good but they sure are pricey!!!!!

    • Al Al
      March 20, 2013    

      I think they are pretty much in line with the other pizza places around Chicago – their deep dish rocks!

  5. Brian Brian
    June 16, 2013    

    Lou’s is the best! It is proven by the growth and expansion throughout the Chicago area. My vote is for Lou Malnati’s.

  6. Kristy Kristy
    July 18, 2013    

    I’m so sick of Uno’s always being on top of these lists. The only people I know that go there are tourists. Most that I talk to end up not liking it and are left thinking I don’t know what the big fuss over Chicago pizza is about. Seriously, pass. I think Pequod’s is a bit overrated but it definitely should be on this list.

  7. anastasia anastasia
    August 13, 2013    

    Have you ever been to Chicago?

  8. August 14, 2013    

    I’m an old timer, Vito and Nick’s on Pulaski REALLY has the original old Chicago pizza beats them all. I couldn’t believe you put Uno’s first, that was the worst pizza I’ve ever had (maybe it was because it was take out and they forgot? to put tomato sauce on it, really, and I didn’t have time to take it back) Back in the 50’s it was thin crust and greasy, sooo good. The only time I had a deep dish back then was when an Italian friend of mine’s (Melrose Park) mother-in-law made it. But to leave Vito and Nick’s out, that’s a sin. Not a fancy place but it is original.

  9. Robert Kuhnke Robert Kuhnke
    August 31, 2013    

    I will go with Lou Malnati’s a taste of heaven awaits.

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