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09-29-2011, 05:10 PM
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Visiting Chicago.. pizza help

Hey guys, there probably already is one of these somewhere, but i'm looking for some of the best pizza places to hit next week. I've been there once but didn't try any pizza and now i'm hungry.
I'll be staying somewhere along the mile.
My research so far has Giordanos and Gino's east in the lead.

Any suggestions?
(go hawks go)

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(anything else i should check out with my gf? i'll have the 2nd and 3rd free)


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My vote goes to Giordano's. I would also recommend against Gino's East.

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09-29-2011, 05:17 PM
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Here are some good places:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-art-of-pizza-chicago
http://gulliverspizza.com/locations/

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09-29-2011, 05:25 PM
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My vote goes to Giordano's. I would also recommend against Gino's East.
thanks. good to know.


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how do you not eat that everyday?(or should i not assume)
art of pizza is on the list. thanks

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I prefer Pizzeria Due in Chicago for traditional "Chicago Style Deep Dish" pizza. But there are a lot of other choices as well, especially if you are looking for more of the thin crust / hand tossed variety.

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Lou Malnati's for me, though IMO you can't go wrong with any of places already mentioned.

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thanks. good to know.




how do you not eat that everyday?(or should i not assume)
art of pizza is on the list. thanks
No Prob.

Ha ha, I would get so fat if I ate this stuff everyday. I would if I could though.

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This can be discuss a lot but these are my preferences:
Giordano's for thin.
Lou Malnattis for deep dish/stuffed.

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Ginos East patty sausage takes the crown. Giordanos is the runner up and Lumalnattis right behind.

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thanks guys. awesome pizza info.!

anyone been to edwardo's?

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This can be discuss a lot but these are my preferences:
Giordano's for thin.
Lou Malnattis for deep dish/stuffed.
See I think Lou Malnati's makes the best thin crust. Their buttercrust is awesome.

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See I think Lou Malnati's makes the best thin crust. Their buttercrust is awesome.
Definately some type of pastry style crust. Some food show, I forget exactly who pointed out the pastry like quality of the crust and Lou (or whoever the owner is) wanted to quickly get away from that.

I havent been to Ginos East in a very long time but their sausage is a heart attack waiting to happen (good thing) and dont they have a cornmeal type crust? Its been too long for me to remember.

Giordianos is probably my first choice when Im back b/c I like their stuffed. Lou Malnatis and then Ginos East woudl be my top 3 choices.

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Oh my god im so hungry now. hahaha

So who is willing to send me some pizza. I'm all the way in Texas.=)

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Here's the thing about deep dish pizza:
They are basically all the same!

Pizzerio Uno (same as Due) invented it. Then Gino's East was started up and they hired one of their chefs and stole it. And Lou Malnati was a manager at Uno at some credit him and not Ike Sewell, Uno's founder, as the inventer of the stuff, and he eventually moved on and started his own place.

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09-30-2011, 12:10 AM
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i've said this infinite amount of times but lou malnatis is hands down the best pizza in chicago..
i get it before every game i go to.

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Not pizza, but if you're in the mood for a burger while you're in town you have to check out Kuma's Corner on the corner of Belmont and Francisco. Best burger I've ever had, hands down.

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Not pizza, but if you're in the mood for a burger while you're in town you have to check out Kuma's Corner on the corner of Belmont and Francisco. Best burger I've ever had, hands down.
Agree but it's usually an hour wait.

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Pequods = Hidden gem

http://www.pequodspizza.com/

Then you have Lou Malnati's, Gino's East, Giordanos, Unos... (Unos has a distinct flavor different than all the rest)

Those are my top 5 in random order. I would try all 5 since it's all preference.

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If you want something unique check out Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co., although you'd have to take a taxi or the L from where you're staying as its north a couple miles. They make pizza "pies" (like actually pies, not the term) and I'm pretty sure the place is still run by the mafia. It has a "NOSOUPFORYOU" kinda feel to it if you know what I mean.

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If you happen to find yourself in the south suburbs, go to Aurelio's in Homewood and order the thin crust. Make sure you tell the waitress that you want it baked in the "Old Oven".

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Pequods = Hidden gem

http://www.pequodspizza.com/

Then you have Lou Malnati's, Gino's East, Giordanos, Unos... (Unos has a distinct flavor different than all the rest)

Those are my top 5 in random order. I would try all 5 since it's all preference.
I am also partial to Pequod's.

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The answer to this question is usually Giordano's, Lou Malnati's, or Gino's East. You can't go wrong with any of them.

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Thanks guys.

on my way now. so don't strain your brains anymore. made sure to not eat any pizza the last week so i'm super ready.
this is invaluable info

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To anyone that suggested Pequods, hell yes. That crust is great stuff.

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Not pizza, but if you're in the mood for a burger while you're in town you have to check out Kuma's Corner on the corner of Belmont and Francisco. Best burger I've ever had, hands down.
This! Although as pointed out, unless you go during an off hour during the day its an hour to hour and a half wait. But it's worth it.

Also, along the non-pizza but must-try lists for me is Johnnie's Beef in either Elmwood Park or Arlington Heights (this one is probably easier to get to as its right off the Interstate).

http://www.yelp.com/biz/johnnies-beef-arlington-heights

Get a beef sandwich there "juicy." You just can't find these types of sandwiches outside the Chicagoland area.

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