Originally posted by Tommy2dogs
I grew up in the Chicago area and lived ther for over 40 years before relocating to the Dallas/Ft.Worth area several years ago.(Talk about culture shock) I was in my 20's before I ever even heard of deep dish pizza. Real Chicago pizza has always been and still is thin crust(not cracker thin) round, cut in squares with a slightly sweet sauce. For every deep dish pizza place,( most of who are chains now) there are a least a hundred neighborhood pizza places seving this type of pizza. TV shows continue to perpetuate the myth that Chicgo Pizza is Deep Dish. Any comments
I agree Tommy. I'm a native Chicagoan, and here's my take on Chicago pizza:
Chicago pizza is more about quality than whether it's thick or thin...I love them both. Like you said, the thin crust should have a sweet taste, and mozzarella cheese, and a fair amount of each. You may not recognize it by its appearence, but it's certianly distinguishable by its taste. And you haven't tasted Chicago-style pizza unless you've had pizza in Chicago. Pizzeria Uno's is second rate.
When you're in Chicago, people order the 'right' toppings on their pizza as well. Sausage is the staple meat. People outside of Chicago seem to not like sausage, and that's because they haven't had good sausage. You won't find the typical 'breakfast sausage' on pizza in Chicago..it's real italian sausage with Italian seasonings. If you don't see fennel seeds, they probably didn't do it right (the same can probably be said for the sauce).
That said, you can order what you want on pizza, as long as it's on this list (I personally just like sausage and onions):
Pepperoni is acceptable only if the sausage is no good. That's what I order when I'm not in Chicago because the sausage is crap. You should also have shakers of crushed red pepper and parmasan cheese at your table, and perhaps oregano as well.
ham, bacon, pineapple, sun-dried tomatoes, hamburger, chicken, meat lovers, four cheese...etc. are all unacceptable. They don't belong on pizza. You order any of these and people will know immediately that you've never eaten a good pizza.
My favorite deep dish pizza is Gino's East, and that's probably your prototypical 'Chicago-style' pizza. It's excellent. Nancy's I like as well. There's also a place called 'Beggar's Pizza' that I really like. They do something a bit different by putting ricotta cheese in their deep dish...excellent! As far as thin crust, there are many that I love (I'm from the south side). Home Run Inn, Aurelio's, Fox's, to name a few.