CHICAGO AREA PIZZAS Simply Slices in Crestwood:
Exc. thin crispy, yet somehow soft interior---like bread. GREAT tomato-ey sauce with no acidity, good sausage.Order a whole pizza to get the whole experience. Palermo's (on 63rd Street):
This is a sweet sauce, but rich and thick. The crust perfect area between thin and thick--actually has a great taste of its own. Stuffed is excellent and so is the Deep Dish(2" thick crust). Near Midway Airport---for air travellers a good stop. Old World Pizza on North Ave., just off Harlem:
Get the deep dish (here it is like Chicago style[Uno's or Gino's]). Great balanced pizza sauce, exc.sausage. Cheese not too gooey, so you can eat while driving. I go out of my way for this one. Mama K's (is it Norridge,IL?) by Ohare airport:
A MUST is the slices. They are rectangular and big, sliced froma full sheet tray of a great pizza. Pizza has great fresh tomato flavor with maybe a hint of onion or onion powder. Never had their regular pizza--the slices can't be passed up. Beggar's pizza, locations thru-out SW side of Chicago and burbs:
The regular is heavy with plenty of ingredients, but the deep dish(cheese on bottom) is awesome--plenty of sauce gooey cheese and a part cornmeal crust that tastes incredible.A mess to eat, so park your ride. Pizza King in New Lenox:
Now here is a place that Chicago needs more of. This harks back to the great early 70's of Chicago style pizza. Crust is just thick enough to hold it together, sauce is difficult to explain, but it is great, non-acidic, and maybe gravy-like. The cheese is baked to a golden brown, with the dark brown bubbles on top. No undercooked crap here.Good sausage. Pizza Castle on West 55th Street (near Midway):
A staple of the community since the 70's, this place makes their own sauce and sausage, and it is worth it! Thin-like crust and again a tomato sauce that has all the flavor, but none of the acid. Sausage is exquisite. Try the Chorizo topping--spicy, but great. Their stuffed is made the way EVERYONE made it in the early 70's---actually "stuffed", with a minimum of sauce on the top outer part--all the goods are inside!No undercooked top layer here (ahem..Giordano's!!!).