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“The fans are right” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - Gold Coast

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - Gold Coast
1120 N State, Chicago, IL 60610 (Gold Coast)
312-725-7777
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Ranked #58 of 7,737 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Gold Coast
Description: Lou Malnati’s opened the doors to its 33rd pizzeria on Monday, July 4, 2011. Located at 1120 N. State Street in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood, this pizzeria is the company’s new flagship location, and has the largest seating capacity of all the Malnati restaurants to date. Lou Malnati's is famous for its Chicago-style deep dish pizza and has become a staple for local Chicagoans, as well as a mandatory destination for tourists.
Stuart, Florida
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“The fans are right”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

People who know pizza in Chicago say this is the best. I finally went, and it is the best. Get the homemade sausage topping.

Visited October 2013
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Riverside, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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“Mouthwatering”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Our driver from the airport recommended this place and we were not disappointed! We are a pizza loving family (is there any other kind?) and fell in love with this deep dish variety. The crust was so tasty and not bready or soggy. The fillings were fresh, delicious, and generous - I guess that's the point of deep dish, right? Unfortunately, we couldn't finish our pie and did not have a fridge in our hotel so we had to leave the extra. Finally, the atmosphere was lively, there was a good selection of beer, and my wine was fine.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Aptos, California
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Real Surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

I long ago decided I did not like deep dish pizza, with its thick, bread-like crust, which overwhelmed the toppings. One bite of the Chicago deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati's and I completely changed my mind! The crust is more like a pastry crust, not at all bread-y, but buttery, rich, and crisp on the bottom. On top of that is a thick cheese layer topped by crushed, not pureed, tomato. One slice is so hearty that you need nothing else except, perhaps, the house salad with its truly delicious vinaigrette. I'm a convert to Chicago-style deep dish! Now if I could only find it on the West Coast.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Columbus, Mississippi
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“great deep dish”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Stopped in here as part of a food tour. My wife thought it was the best deep dish she's had; I still ever-so-slightly prefer Giordano's. In any case, it was terrific, with a very tasty, surprisingly classy side salad. Would definitely go back.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
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“Get the "Lou"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Lou Malnati's is the place for a great Chicago style deep dish pizza. Since the pizzas take about 30 minutes to cook, try the stuffed spinach bread while you wait. The hot, house made crusty loaf is stuffed with a creamy blend of cheeses, fresh spinach, garlic, onion and tomato and served with a side of fresh marinara sauce full of tomatoes.

The "Lou" deep dish is a classic especially for veggie lovers-spinach, mushrooms and sliced roma tomatoes. No wait on a Sunday early afternoon.

Sign up for their email list for coupons, although we got our coupons after we visited.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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