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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Franklin Ettinger

Long Beach, CA

#61 Dec 13, 2007
When pop-culture defines your preferences and individuality is stifled by corperate crud then thin-crust pizza becomes the norm. I for one will do my utmost to defend the honor, tastyness, and refined pleasure of the deeper crust. Long live pizza made with more toppings that is more filling and just flat out better!!!
Nunu

United States

#62 Dec 13, 2007
The case against Chicago deep dish pizza is that it doesn't taste very good in Chicago. The best Chicago-style deep dish pizza is to be found at Zachary's Pizza in Berkeley, CA. The fresh ingredients available in California not available in Chicago make all the difference.
dejavu

Batavia, IL

#63 Dec 13, 2007
You have to try this little pizzeria in hanover park, gratzie pizzeria...best stuffed pizza i have ever had, great thin crust, deep dish is still lou malnatis!
Rainer

Kirkland, WA

#64 Dec 14, 2007
I moved from Chicago way back in 1984. I would love to have a Malnati's, Uno's or another great deep dish pizza place here in Seattle. If I want a good deep dish pizza I have to order it in a 3 or 4 pack and have Fed Ex deliver it next day air. While it is really good after baking it after being frozen, there is nothing like having it made right on the spot right. Out of the oven with the sauce nice and juicy and slithering down the the sides of the pizza crust. The pizza needs just slightly more ingredients though.
city cop

Chicago, IL

#65 Dec 14, 2007
eat thin crust...
Don

Waldorf, MD

#66 Dec 14, 2007
I think a true Chicago pizza is a round pie which is cut in squares. You also don't have to ask for extra cheese. You look at your local "Mom & Pop" joint in your neighborhood and that's what they serve. Deep dish is nice, but I think more Chicagoan's eat the round pie cut into squares.
Jack

Dothan, AL

#67 Dec 14, 2007
Deep dish is not pizza. It's more like fondue on soggy flat bread. Good pizza - real pizza - is hard to find in Chicago. It's funny how the transplants to Chicago rave about the pizza at malnottis and unos. But that's good because there is no way I'm giving up my favorite places.

“What type of f--kery is this??”

Since: Dec 07

South Shore/Chatham

#68 Dec 14, 2007
Dienne wrote:
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?
I have to co-sign on the above...I had Gino's not too long ago...and I was VERY disappointed!!! Now when I go to Giordianno's...I always order the thin...in terms of pizza, for me..

"Thin is in"!!!
Southside-Joel

Palos Hills, IL

#69 Dec 14, 2007
Just because some upscale thumb-up-yer ass wine bars in the loop come up with oven fired wood burning thin crust pizzas does NOT dethrone the deep dish pie.

I'd never eat in the loop and pay 20 bucks for a 10 oz pizza that I can get on the South Side (home of the BEST pizza) for a DUB costing me only 16 bucks with all the ingredients I want.

Eat a donk loop eaters. You are getting the shaft to feel like you are in a romantic episode of Sex in the City.
This article is completely retarded to say that Chicago Deep Dish is being replaced for thin crust.
If you want to eat thin crust in a wine bar with exotic ingredients, then move to California and breathe the smog while you choke on wine.

I'll be happy with my deep dish cheese, sausage patty, extra sauce pizza THANK YOU.
Kevin

Wheaton, IL

#70 Dec 14, 2007
The holy of holies of pizza: Pequod's in Morton Grove -- hands-down, it's the ultimate deep-dish with the carbonized crust. Others may be wonderful, but Pequod's is all the way to a transcendent experience.
Kimber

Chicago, IL

#71 Feb 22, 2008
Pizaa is always ok to eat, if eaten in MODERATION. You can easily enjoy pizza without worrying about the fat and calories as long as you don't eat it everyday or stuff yourself until you have to unbutton the top of your jeans!

As far as Chicago, we for sure have the BEST pizza. Giordano's and Pizzario Uno are traditional favorites, however those new to Chicago may want to venture to the city's outskirts to Home Run Inn (they have an awesome garlic/butter crust) and Salerno's or Benny's pizza... visiting one of these locations will for sure change your mind on the concept of a "good pizza" :)
steaky

Brisbane, Australia

#72 Feb 27, 2008
how big are your pizza's in america?
John Thomas

Sycamore, IL

#73 Feb 27, 2008
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.
what are you talking about!??!? There are unique places all over the city, you can't walk a block without running in to a place that serves "chicago style pan" pizza!
rosyb62

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#74 May 23, 2008
Mickey Bitsko wrote:
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.
Do I remember?! I'm the granddaughter of the owners. Unfortunately the restaurant was sold to Good Year tires in the early 80s. None of the sons wanted to deal with the restaurant and I was too young at the time. It was pretty old so alot of work would have had to be done. Long story short I miss it. It's so awesome to know that people still remember it. Gramma is still alive but Grampa Don passed away in 1988. Nice to meet you Rosy B
LAK

Orlando, FL

#75 Feb 12, 2009
rosyb62 wrote:
<quoted text> Do I remember?! I'm the granddaughter of the owners. Unfortunately the restaurant was sold to Good Year tires in the early 80s. None of the sons wanted to deal with the restaurant and I was too young at the time. It was pretty old so alot of work would have had to be done. Long story short I miss it. It's so awesome to know that people still remember it. Gramma is still alive but Grampa Don passed away in 1988. Nice to meet you Rosy B
Wow. I'm sitting here, supposed to be working on a new book, and I decide to punch in Don & Angie's in the google search engine. I think about the place more often than I should. My parents used to take us there back in the '70s. I loved the Italian Beef sandwiches. I'm now a vegetarian, and I often think about trying to convert the recipe to make it vegetarian. Thanks for posting and giving us an update!
Dcasey

Springfield, IL

#77 May 28, 2017
Leo's Pizza in Jacksonville ILLINOIS has the best pizza bar none. It has a Sicilian stuffed pizza that is a made from scratch deep dish with all of the toppings on the inside. The Sicilian family that have owned it forever are awesome. If u r ever in Jacksonville ILLINOIS stop in. Right next door...thr Irish Toad has some of the best thin crust ever....i recommend the patrick..or the genie special.

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