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“The taste of ripe tomatoes”

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
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Ranked #110 of 10,705 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Near North Side
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. Our Gold Coast location offers dine-in, carryout, delivery & catering
Reviewed January 21, 2020

My family is working our way through all the top-rated Chicago pizza places. Lou Malnati's is excellent. We drove over and did a take out of their large deep dish "Malnati Chicago Classic." It's distinctive. The most ripe-tomato-flavored pizza I've ever had. This means that they back off from the spices that give a zestier tang to Giardanos. But it's good in a fresh-garden way. It feels odd to say this about pizza, but it tasted "healthy." And the high-pinched buttercrust toasts better than the round slabs of crust that encircle most pizzas. And they were generous with the cheese. For the five members of our family, It didn't dislodge anyone's top pick, (Pequod, Giardanos, or L'Aventino Forno Romano), but it is so good in its own way that we are definitely coming back. And the ambiance at the Ohio St. branch is cool. They have milling machinery hanging on the walls and from the ceiling. Gives an artisan feel. Parking was easy. And the waitresses were friendly as we talked, waiting for our meal.

Date of visit: January 2020
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1  Thank Mark S
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Reviewed January 14, 2020 via mobile

Food was excellent had Ceasar salad and chicago classic pizza. Excellent... Beer was cold and waiter was ok, but noticed other waiters and waitresses were much better than mine.

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank Racerrx-3
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Reviewed January 7, 2020 via mobile

When you're visiting places you want to try local food and so we did. Deep dish pizza is a must try in Chicago along with the Chicago Dog and the popcorn. All I can say is the deep dish pizza is great in this pizza place but the service or lack of it is horrible. It wasn't even busy during our visit. The wait staff brought our drinks and never bother to check our table until it is time to bring the pizza. We asked for drink refills and didn't get it. She was so busy flirting with the 2 guys on the next table. She finally came to our table again when we asked for to go box and the check. She ruined a good food experience. I'm still giving the food a 4 star but NO STAR ON SERVICE!!!

Date of visit: December 2019
Thank Mrsjeeperjk
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Reviewed January 1, 2020 via mobile

Just wow! It was right next to our hotel so we thought we should visit. From the outside and inside it looked good. The pizza though was unacceptable it was just I dont know how to describe it, it just wasnt the best. They even got my order wrong!

Date of visit: December 2019
1  Thank Stephen2209
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Reviewed December 31, 2019 via mobile

Excellent Chicago deep dish pizza. Superb ingredients and quality. Not greasy. Quantity of cheese and bread is perfect.

Date of visit: December 2019
Thank N2635TXjoseg
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