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Deep Dish Pizza Question

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Deep Dish Pizza Question

My boyfriend and I are headed to Chicago later this summer. His friend at work used to live in Chicago and recommended Giordano's Pizza when we inquired about the best deep dish pizza.

I looked on their website and they seem to only sell "stuffed" deep dish pizza, meaning the crust is loaded with a layer of cheese inside. Considering I usually peel the cheese off my pizza, this does not sound very appetizing to me. My boyfriend on the other-hand is a cheese-aholic, so maybe not so much an issue for him!

Is all deep dish pizza "stuffed" like this? I thought deep dish implied a thick crust?

Can anyone recommend other delicious deep dish pizza spots that aren't "stuffed"?

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1. Re: Deep Dish Pizza Question

Pizzeria Uno (or Due) just down the street. Or Gino's East just down the street in the other direction. They're all within about 5 blocks of one another. Though honestly deep dish pizza is one of those local foods that everybody says you have to have but really isn't actually that worth having. Kind of like how most people in Scotland don't actually eat haggis on any given day.

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2. Re: Deep Dish Pizza Question

Yes, Giordano's is famous for their stuffed pizza. Not sure if they also have deep dish. Other famous famous and popular deep dish spots are of course, Gino's East, and Pizzeria Uno. Our favorite now is Lou Malnati's.

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3. Re: Deep Dish Pizza Question

Thanks for the suggestions! I know Pizzeria Uno is supposedly the original, but I'm trying to avoid that one since they are all over NJ and I can go there any time I'd like.

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4. Re: Deep Dish Pizza Question

Like The Jersey Shore is not a representation of New Jersey, the Pizzeria Uno Chain is not a representation of Uno's pizza. The owners sold it as a franchise and it truly sucks. However, they stipulated that the original Uno's and Due's recipes not be changed and those are the real deal. Get the real thing and not an imposter.

Giordano's is good for stuffed pizza but if you aren't a cheese person, I would avoid it. You want deep-dish pizza. Uno's, Due's, Gino's, Malnai's and Pizano's are all in the downtown/loop area and are reliable. Don't go crazy on the toppings. It is better to be simple. And if you aren't a huge cheese eater, I would try the thin crust and let your BF get the deep. Different from NJ style thin and you might like it. If you go to Lou's Malnati's or Pizano's, get the butter crust.

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5. Re: Deep Dish Pizza Question

Please refer to the Top questions about CHICAGO at the upper right hand corner of this page. The second question will address your concerns.

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6. Re: Deep Dish Pizza Question

Is there any difference between Pizzeria Uno and Due? Are they two separate places or just the two names for one place? Thanks! I was actually going to ask about the best pizza place myself so I was happy to find the answer with out asking!

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7. Re: Deep Dish Pizza Question

Two separate places a block apart. Like North & South Dakota -- it's your call which one is better.

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8. Re: Deep Dish Pizza Question

go to lou malnati's. due and uno, IMO are overrated and not worth the wait. if you end up in lincoln park, i would have also recommended My Pie (or "My ¶" which is its real name), but they have since closed that location. the space was a real gem and the pizza was great. never been to any of the new locations, so i don't know if they are the same quality. if they are, then i would still recommend going there.

re. giordano's, at one time i thought they were the best. but i'm off them now----too much cheese.

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9. Re: Deep Dish Pizza Question

get your own pizza's and eat them at the Viagra Triangle (outside) next to Carmines on Rush St. Pizzano's has a good thin and Giordono's has great stuffed spinach.

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