For decades, pan pizza has defined Ch...

For decades, pan pizza has defined Chicago. Now thin is in (esp...

There are 76 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 13, 2007, titled For decades, pan pizza has defined Chicago. Now thin is in (esp.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Deep-dish pizza and I go way back. There was a time when a younger, considerably thinner version of me made regular pilgrimages to Uno, or to my other favorite, Lou Malnati's. My wife and I held our wedding ...

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rick

Chicago, IL

#1 Dec 13, 2007
I have traveled a lot on business the past 30 years. I had really never heard of deep-dish pizza or had it until my first business trip to Chicago years ago (Gino's East supreme). I couldn't believe how great it tasted and I still feel that way today.

Chicago's deep-dish pizza is the best hands-down. Let everybody city make their version of thin pizza. Fine. I like thin pizza.(I like all pizza). But, Chicago's deep-dish is the undisputed pizza champion and the best. This is coming from a guy who once had the opportunity to eat pizza for lunch and dinner for a week while on vacation.

As I only eat Mexican when I'm in New Mexico because it has the best, I only eat pizza (deep-dish) when I'm in Chicago because it has the best.
i love pizza

Decatur, IL

#2 Dec 13, 2007
I find it interesting that deep dish pizza "defines" Chicago, when it's only available at a handful of places downtown and in River North (Sorry, I don't count the embrace of the suburbs -- land of packed Olive Gardens and Applebees -- as a ringing endorsement). If it was such a Chicago thing it would be ubiquitous throughout the city -- like the Chicago-style hot dog. You just can't get a deep dish at your local neighborhood pizzeria.
2 cents

Elgin, IL

#3 Dec 13, 2007
Chicago has a lot of good pizza places thick & thin and Malnotti's is my favorite but I think over the past few years the trend has been thin pizza. I don't buy Marc Malnotti's claim about the Wells St. restaurant only because most River North residers are recent Chicago transplants. Best frozen pizza-Home Run Inn.
Dienne

United States

#4 Dec 13, 2007
I don't know, maybe my tastes have changed, but it just seems like the old deep dish establishments (Uno's, Gino's East, specifically) have changed the way they make their pizza and it's just not as good. As a kid when my parents would bring us to Chicago, and in the early years when I moved here, those were my two favorite places, but now when I go back, it's just okay, nothing exciting. They deny that they've changed the recipes, but I'm not so sure I buy it. I've always liked thin and deep dish equally, though in different ways (and both have to be done right), but now I'm definitely a thin fan. That said, most thin crust pizza in Chicago sucks - it's like tomato sauce on a saltine, and what the heck is up with cutting it in squares?
Melissa

United States

#5 Dec 13, 2007
i love pizza wrote:
I find it interesting that deep dish pizza "defines" Chicago, when it's only available at a handful of places downtown and in River North.
Do you live in Chicago? Because this is simply not true. I live up in Lakeview/Wriglyville and you can definitely find deep dish pizza there. And if you've never tried the Art of Pizza at Ashland and Wellington, you are missing out.
Denise

United States

#6 Dec 13, 2007
I've never understood the appeal of deep dish pizza. It's just bread and cheese - boring. Thin crust is far tastier and much closer to what is served in Italy.
Veets

Evansville, IN

#7 Dec 13, 2007
A true, reared in the hood Chicagoan eats thin crust pizza - period! Not that a deep dish isn't loved, but to us it's suburban - sorry!
Jim

United States

#8 Dec 13, 2007
Reports like this drive me crazy -- like thin-crust pizza was just invented in Chicago by a handful of hoity-toity eateries. I grew up on thin-crust pizza and didn't even have deep dish until I was in my teens. I still enjoy deep dish and stuffed, but thin crust will always be real Chicago pizza for me -- places like Aurelio's, Palermo's, Rosati's or the Holy Grail: Vito and Nick's.
Dave

Clarendon Hills, IL

#9 Dec 13, 2007
Denise wrote:
I've never understood the appeal of deep dish pizza. It's just bread and cheese - boring. Thin crust is far tastier and much closer to what is served in Italy.
And, Denise, if you order a Neapolitan pizza (pizza napolitana) in Europe, you get anchovies. I don't see any mention of anchovies in the description of the so-called "Neapolitan pizza" above.
Wulf

West Palm Beach, FL

#10 Dec 13, 2007
While all pizza's have their day, "take a look at California Pizza Kitchen" I do think it's a fad. When someone thinks of Chicago Style pizza, they think of thick crust, and lots of cheese. The draw towards thin seems to go along with the health kick, and the fact that most of the pizza joints are trying to cut costs. I grew up in the North West suburbs, and was raised on Lou's and Gino's.

Living in Florida now, the best I can get is Lous to go or scoot up to Orlando for Giordanos. I tried Uno's but it seemed to lack something. All in all, I think that while thin crust may be the rage for the moment, the thick crust will still be at the top.

I like both Chicago and New York style, we have a pizzaria down here that does New York style. It's thin, and the slices are huge, but it has tons of flavor. However if I was given a choice between that and a traditional Chi-town style, I would jump all over the latter.

We do have an Uno's opening down here soon, however if it anything like the Uno's in Orlando, I will still be getting my thick crust pizza fix from mail order.
Mickey Bitsko

Pompano Beach, FL

#11 Dec 13, 2007
Does anyone remember Don & Angie's in the western suburbs? The DEFINITIVE thin crust pizza! If all thin crust pizzas were made in this fashion, there'd be no debate.
Wondering

Solon, OH

#12 Dec 13, 2007
People, people! Can't we all just get along? There's more than enough room in this city for both kinds of pizza.
OlBuford

Springfield, IL

#13 Dec 13, 2007
I love deep-dish pizza, but, there's a lot of revisionist history going on here, Until the 1970s and the expansion of Uno's and Malnati's deep-dish was something you could only get downtown or if you happened to have Sicilian neighbors. People in the Chicago area in the postwar period before the '70s ate thin crust pizza for their "regular" pizza fixes and it was a particular style of thin crust different from anything you could get in the rest of the country--more substantial, a little thicker crust and mroe toppings. It definitely was NOT like that thin, droopy, greasy slop served on the East Coast. Other distinctives: the Chicago "cut"--dicing the pizza into squares and wedges as opposed to slices; Chicagoans also had a pronounced preference for sausage over against pepperoni (the favorite out East and in California)and also a distinct preference for a substantial, meaty sausage not just crumbled sausage.
honeyman

Wauconda, IL

#14 Dec 13, 2007
PIZZA!!!...I'm going to eat some again today.Thick or thin I just want pizza.
I've traveled this country and will say that we have the best of both worlds here. Go to the smallest town in Il. and they will still have 3 pizza places that are making " the best in town". So lets just have another slice and be happy.
normal person

Wood Dale, IL

#15 Dec 13, 2007
I really can't see a style of pizza being "in". You can try other styles, but eventually you will fall back to YOUR FAVORITE.

Papa Joe's - you need not worry about me - I can never quit you.
ChicagoGal

Arlington Heights, IL

#16 Dec 13, 2007
i love pizza wrote:
I find it interesting that deep dish pizza "defines" Chicago, when it's only available at a handful of places downtown and in River North (Sorry, I don't count the embrace of the suburbs -- land of packed Olive Gardens and Applebees -- as a ringing endorsement). If it was such a Chicago thing it would be ubiquitous throughout the city -- like the Chicago-style hot dog. You just can't get a deep dish at your local neighborhood pizzeria.
I disagree with just about everything you said. First, there are tons of places in the city to get your deep dish pizza. The places named in the article are just the more advertised, popular ones. In addition to that, the same goes with the 'burbs which you so badly stereotyped.(There are definitely no Applebees OR Olive Gardens in my town).

I will say that my favorite non-mainstream pizza place in the western 'burbs is Nancy's on Main Street, Wheaton. It's a little hole in the wall, but it has a GREAT deep dish.

I will also say that I think that you have to mix it up. You can't eat JUST thin crust or JUST deep dish ALL the time.ha.
Patrick

United States

#17 Dec 13, 2007
I don't get Vito & Nick's. The sauce was kind of bland, the food was nothing special and the place was just nasty. Best pizza on the southwest side is Positano on 55th near Kildare. Calo has great thin (really thin) crust pizza, on Clark near Balmoral. Home Run Inn has only thin, it's good too. But for me, deep-dish is king, and Positano does deep-dish well.
Denise

Canton, IL

#18 Dec 13, 2007
Since I hit 200 pounds, I'm done with all pizza.
Marie

Santa Cruz, CA

#19 Dec 13, 2007
Never!!! Gino's rules!!!!!!
Sarah

Bowling Green, KY

#20 Dec 13, 2007
I vote for Palermos pizza as my choice, and Nancy's on 115th and Pulaski has a pretty good deep dish if you're in the need of a fix. Making your own deep dish is the way to go, though!

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