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2006/02/09 11:25:14 (permalink)

Best Pizza in Chicagoland area

Who makes the best Pizza in the Chicagoland area? And northwest Indiana?
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/02/09 11:32:40 (permalink)
    deep dish, stuffed crust, thin?
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/02/09 11:39:44 (permalink)
    Any and all.
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/02/09 13:56:55 (permalink)
    Thick-Burt's Place in Morton Grove.

    Stuffed- Nancy's or Suparossa, various locations throughout city and burbs.

    Thin-No opinion.

    Let the jousting begin.

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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/02/13 10:54:37 (permalink)
    I was very impressed with Gino's deep dish when I was there.
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/02/13 11:22:34 (permalink)
    I've eaten two Chicago pizzas - Lou Malnati's deep dish and Giordano's stuffed pizza.

    I was not impressed with Lou Malnati's because the sauce was bland and full of big tomato chunks. I favor a smooth tangy/spicey sauce

    I did like the Giordano's stuffed pizza but with a big caveat - they do a chunky sauce on their stuffed and a smooth sauce on their thin crust pizzas, and I asked them to make me a stuffed using the smooth sauce. This was flat out excellent

    I had both pies with chunked sausage, and the sausage itself was excellent.

    I have not had a thin crust chicago pizza as yet.
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/02/17 23:56:54 (permalink)
    Best Pizza in Chicago is a tie between 2 places....Nick and Vito's on Chicago's south side, and The original Aurelio's in Homewood Ill which is a suburb of Chicago
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/03/11 10:34:44 (permalink)
    The best deep dish is Giordano's. Nancy's is awful stuff and Uno's/Malnati's are a pile of grease.

    Giordanos, BTW, does not use a chunky sauce for their deep dish.
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/03/12 17:43:21 (permalink)
    malnatis for thick and dont laugh for thin barnabys for me
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/07/24 13:48:45 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Polish guy

    Who makes the best Pizza in the Chicagoland area? And northwest Indiana?

    Well, to try to keep it relatively close to you:
    Thin:Bob and Jack's 104th and South Ewing (right by the skyway).
    Stuffed: Nancy's--various locations
    Deep Dish/Pan:Uno's or Due's
    Thin: Nick and Vito's
    Any Style: Palermo's on 63rd (only)(right by Midway )
    Any Style: Beggar's with locations thru-out the southern 'burbs.
    Stuffed: Durbin's Pizza (on 79th Street)
    Thin: Fox's ( on Western Ave.)
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/07/24 14:51:48 (permalink)
    Piero's in Highland Park makes a stuffed spinach pizza that gives Giordano's a run for its money. Nowhere to sit down, though. Take-out and delivery only.
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/07/24 15:15:48 (permalink)
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    Giordanos, BTW, does not use a chunky sauce for their deep dish.

    Err, they did when I was there two years ago. You can ask for them to make the pie with the smooth sauce used on their thin crust pizzas, and it is outstanding this way
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/07/26 08:50:56 (permalink)
    Barnaby's? Are you from Chicago? Sorry, that's just some of the worst pizza I've ever had. I'd sooner do Domino's. All that corn meal on there, ugh...I haven't been there since high school, and it was involuntarily. My mom broke a tooth on their pizza!

    Many local, family-run Italian places do a respectable thin crust around here...around where I live (Des Plaines, Mt. Prospect, Prospect Heights), Little Villa (located at Wolf and Central) does a good job. There's also a place called Peetie's (at Wolf and Kensington) that's pretty tasty. In Des Plaines, there's Giuseppe's on Lee St. You kinda have to check around and experiment with your local places. I've only had one really bad experience with a local independant place, and it was when I was out in Elgin at a friend's house and we ordered from a place called Chicago Pizza Authority (I think that's what it was called- they went by the acronym, CPA) Their crust was awful- it was all fluffy and airy, like a kitchen sponge.

    As for the chains (Lou's, Gino's, etc), I think they're all pretty good, but I have no strong feelings on them.

    I second Buddy's suggestion for Burt's though. Like no other pizza. I I knew I was going to die, that would be my last meal.
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/07/26 09:25:08 (permalink)
    My sister lives near Wrigley and she likes D'Agostino's quite a bit. She supports the claim that I have heard from others on this board that true Chicago pizza is thin and the deep dish is for the tourists. She likes the deep dish but I think she only eats it when I am in town visiting. Fot that our favorite is Gino's on Rush which was closed the last time we tried to go. We ended up at Giordano's which was ok but nothing spectacular.
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/07/26 09:32:35 (permalink)
    My favorite out here in the Fox Valley is Charlie Fox, great crisp thin crust and when you ask for extra garlic, you get it and more! They have an outlet in Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles.
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/07/26 10:09:01 (permalink)
    As a life-long Chicagoan (until moving to the UK 5 years ago), I can firmly say that stuffed pizza is not just for the tourists. I wish I could get one over here... most of the pizzas over here are rubbish (thin or thick)!

    I used to order in from Chicago's Pizza quite a lot... but I'm sure better places have sprung up since then.
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/07/26 11:05:03 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by abe_froeman

    I second Buddy's suggestion for Burt's though. Like no other pizza. I I knew I was going to die, that would be my last meal.
    There's nothing you want to tell your old dad is there???

    Anxiously awaiting your reply,

    Buddy
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/07/27 00:18:35 (permalink)
    No, it's just the most perfect pizza, possibly the most pleasing food I've ever eaten- taste, texture, sentimentally...the perfect crust density, the perfect sauce:crust:topping ratio, the blackened toastiness of the crust around the outside edge. It's a whole spiritual experience for me.
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/08/04 12:54:23 (permalink)
    I grew up in the inner-ring south suburbs eating Nick & Vito's, not realizing as a kid how good it was while asking the folks to take me to Pizza Hut instead. Fortunately, I got older and wiser. I think Nick & Vito's sets the standard for Chicago thin crust. In the south burbs, Aurelio's is your best bet; up in the NW burbs where I live now, Rosati's is the choice for thin. Stuffed? Giordano's. Deep dish? Lou Malnati's.

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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/08/04 13:41:17 (permalink)
    Jim, it's just a technicality I know, but Vito was always the boss and when his son, Nick, later joined him in the business, Vito always came first. It was and still is Vito and Nick's Pizzeria and not Nick and Vito's Pizzeria. http://www.vitoandnick.com/history.html

    My wife and I were just there last Saturday night and the pizza was great as usual. They are one of the best thin crust pizza places in the world and they don't serve their pizza on a bread dough-based crust like on the east coast. Their crust -- like most Chicago pizza makers -- is a combination, but closer to a pie dough than a bread dough. While not promoting their business, one of their locations now sends out their pizzas in a frozen fashion across the country (http://www.vitoandnicksii.com/) for those interested. I never tried their frozen pizzas as it never seems as good as when you get it fresh in the pizzeria.
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/08/04 13:48:52 (permalink)
    I've had more than one lousy meal at Geno's. Seems it's nothing more than a neon-lit tourist trap. I don't know who has the best, but Geno's definately ain't it!!
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/08/04 16:35:54 (permalink)
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    malnatis for thick and dont laugh for thin barnabys for me


    I won't laugh - Barnaby's thin crust is pretty good. I'm not sure it's the best in the city. Lou Malnati's also has good thin crust. I haven't really figured out where I like the thin crust best. None is as good as the East Coast's.
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/08/04 16:38:23 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Farfel280

    I've had more than one lousy meal at Geno's. Seems it's nothing more than a neon-lit tourist trap. I don't know who has the best, but Geno's definately ain't it!!


    You must be referring to Gino's. I agree it's a tourist trap. Haven't had the pizza in ages (I last ate it when it was at its old location), so I can't really say anything about the quality. I'll have to try again sometime.
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/08/08 10:10:34 (permalink)
    Re: "Vito always came first. It was and still is Vito and Nick's Pizzeria and not Nick and Vito's Pizzeria"

    Funny you should mention that ... I know officially it's Vito & Nick's, but it seems everyone I've heard mention the place -- my parents, their friends, everyone we hung out with who knew the place, even others higher up in this forum string -- all called it Nick & Vito's. Maybe it's one of those Sout' Side things like "goin' to the Jewels" ...

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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/09/07 15:46:51 (permalink)
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    Barnaby's? Are you from Chicago? Sorry, that's just some of the worst pizza I've ever had. I'd sooner do Domino's.


    With all due respect - you, sir, have no taste.

    Domino's over Barnaby's? That's like saying you'd prefer cold Spaghettios to the Olive Garden.

    Shessh...
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/09/08 16:02:57 (permalink)
    We picked up Lou Malnati's from the Highland Park location last weekend and it just keeps getting worse. Heavy, tasteless and mushy. My kids love it, though. Now that Unos/Due and Lou's have gone to hell, I'm not sure where to go for good Chicago-style pizza (not to be confused with stuffed, there's plenty of good stuffed around).
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/09/30 03:57:34 (permalink)
    You have to try Ach N Lous in Aurora on Farnsworth of of I-88....unbelievable and different.

    Also...Pal Joey's in West Chicago...the sausage is the thing...fantastic.

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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/09/30 08:14:43 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by abe_froeman

    Barnaby's? Are you from Chicago? Sorry, that's just some of the worst pizza I've ever had. I'd sooner do Domino's.


    With all due respect - you, sir, have no taste.

    Domino's over Barnaby's? That's like saying you'd prefer cold Spaghettios to the Olive Garden.

    Shessh...


    Welcome to Road Food John...Your off to a flying start...better watch that "sir" thing, never really know do you? While I haven't been to Barnaby's, I certainly would choose the cold Spaghettios over the Olive Garden any day. At least with the cold Spaghettios, you know what your getting. As for the Olive Garden, you have to wait 2 hours!
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/09/30 08:56:17 (permalink)
    I liked Barnabys when they were here in Milwaukee in the 70s.The little pepperonis that curled up when baked,and the fact that you could fold up the pieces of pizza and pop them in your mouth.I am sure things have changed in 30 years, but I would love a chance to decide!!!
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    RE: Best Pizza in Chicagoland area 2006/09/30 08:58:30 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by JohnSmall

    quote:
    Originally posted by abe_froeman

    Barnaby's? Are you from Chicago? Sorry, that's just some of the worst pizza I've ever had. I'd sooner do Domino's.


    With all due respect - you, sir, have no taste.

    Domino's over Barnaby's? That's like saying you'd prefer cold Spaghettios to the Olive Garden.

    Shessh...


    ...and EVERYBODY knows how great Olive Garden is! Bring on the spaghetti-o's.
    Abe, you're not old enough to be thinking about your last meal.
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