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“Chicago Deep Dish Pizza at Its Best!”

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Have been eating at Elk Grove Lou's since it opened in 1971. Used to go once a week for our "Pizza Fix". Now we live 1000 miles away - but this is a "must stop" whenever we get to Chicago area. We have never found any "sausage pizza" better. Their Italian dishes are also first class. We savor their house dressing (red wine vinegar) but their thousand island is pretty hard to beat, too! Remember this Pizza is filling - a medium will usually fill-up three adults. Have a "chocolate Chip Pizza" (Vanilla Ice Cream with a hot just-baked chocolate chip cookie, whipped cream and cherry) - one is easily shared among 4 people. On our last trip we brought a large cooler and filled it with 12 frozen pizzas and enough dry ice to last the two day drive home (get dry ice at Meijer nearby). Family was at the door shortly after we arrived home, asking where the "Pizza" was.

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

Lou's is a must visit in Chicago. A true institution.

We loved the decor and feel of the place. Our server had a misstep but really recovered nicely.

Three cheese bread is fantastic. The classic deep dish (butter crust, sausage patty, extra cheese) is very good but not my favorite in Chicago. There was too much sausage that was sweeter and overpowered the sauce and cheese. This is a great pizza, but I slightly favor Giordano's.

All that said, highly recommended for a visit. Great value.

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Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

To know the concept of "Deep Dish Pizza" as a newbie in Chicago is a must, and been able to taste it here was an amazing surprise: unbelievable flavors, the right amount of tomato sauce and delicious cheese. You have to try it when you're in Chicago

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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Chicago and surrounding areas all have numerous pizza places. This chain is a local popular stop. Personally I like the real Italian style thin crust that few pizzerias get right.

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

Great crust and always fresh. I order them by the the 6 pack and have them sent to me in Alexandria, Virginia

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