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“Definitely Worth a Visit!”

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Ranked #41 of 9,717 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, 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.
Reviewed July 1, 2013

We were seated immediately at 11:30 in the covered patio area by a friendly hostess. The service was very good, as was the deep dish pizza. The only negative was that there was a food tour group that arrived at the restaurant and they were also seated in the same patio area. Sitting next to a group would be alright; however, the tour guide for that group talked very loudly while the group ate. She was way too loud and it was very distracting. It took away from the nice meal that our family was trying to enjoy. Tour groups with a guide who plans to talk throughout the meal should be seated in a separate area! Despite this one negative, it is a restaurant definitely worth visiting!

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Reviewed June 26, 2013

The pizza was great here. The service was lacking. I liked the outdoor seating here and like the chairs, as they are unique for a restaurant. I would return here next time I am in Chicago.

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

No doubt about it Lou's is the best pizza in Chicago !
We've gone to the one in the Gold Coast two times in the past month and its wonderful .
We had the classic pizza and a Malanati salad dressing was yummy ! Love , love the place ,friendly staff clean and free wi- fi if you are in Chicago it a must !!

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Thank Erendi
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

There's not a whole lot to review on the restaurant. If you want crazy, insane, deep, cheesy, awesome pizza, this is the place to go in Chicago. The restaurant is cute, the wait staff was fast and observant, but really I would eat Lou Malnati's by a dumpster if I had to. Also, totally try the cookie pizza for dessert, it's life altering.

If you are in a hurry (deep dish takes about 45-60 minutes to cook), you can call in your order a half an hour before you plan on being there. That way, you only have about 15-30 minutes to wait. The place gets busy as hell though, and they don't seem to take reservations more so than the order your pizza in advance option, so it's certainly prudent to get there before you are starving and to expect to make a bit of a night out of it. But what goes better with deep dish then a few beers while you wait?!

This is the third Lou Malnati's I have been to, and I have to say it's probably my favorite location since it's in the Gold Coast location and has a large open area you can sit in when the weather is nice. It's definitely a good people watching spot.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

This is Chicago deep dish pizza. It is what it is and they don't pretend to be anything else. Go too far askew of the regular menu and you will likely be disappointed, so stick to the basics and enjoy this has your splurge pizza night. Then, you will be happy.

Thank Janike1
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