Athena Versus Chicago Deep Dish Pizza!

Who is winning? That’s for you to decide.

From our trip to Chicago, obviously.

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

50 replies on “Athena Versus Chicago Deep Dish Pizza!”

There’s two kinds of deep dish Chicago Pizza. The okay kind they have at Uno’s. And the superior Chicago Stuffed Pizza from Edwardo’s, also seen at the aforementioned Giordano’s and (THANKFULLY!) available in Grand Rapids at Joe Chicago’s Pizza — will be having some Sunday… yum!

Dr. Phil

John, that looks suspiciously like Giodarno’s, where I spent Superbowl afternoon stuffing my face.

Tell me I’m right.

The only two downers to my last trip to the city: I had to drive up in a blizzard, and the top of the Sears Tower was shrouded in fog until the moment I left for home. (Half a block from the tower and denied a trip to the top.)

On the duality of Chicago pizzas: The Edwardo’s/Giordano’s end (which includes a few other non-chain places too) was once nicknamed “macho quiche” — especially Edwardo’s delicious spinach souffle version. It features two layers of crust, in between which the fillings are placed, usually including prodigious quantities of cheese, and topped with a somewhat thin tomato sauce before baking. Usually called “stuffed” pizza.

The original Chicago-style pizza, no less great, is anchored by the nearly-adjacent Uno’s and Due’s, just off the Magnificent Mile, and by Lou Malnati’s, helmed by a former employee of Uno’s, and Gino’s East. This is a crunchier, part cornmeal crust topped by cheese, toppings, then crushed tomatoes. A very different animal from most pizzas thick or thin. Usually called “Chicago Pan” pizza. A thick slab of Italian sausage is the best way to order this.

Do not be fooled by franchises or imitations. The “Uno’s Grille” chain, especially those foisted off on unsuspecting airport patrons, has no resemblence to the original.

Agreed with 20.

Lou Malnati’s is the best deep dish in Chicago. Giordano’s is also good however. There are other, harder to find places that are good as well, but those two provide consistency. I will have to note though, that those people who tout Gino’s as “good” Chicago pizza likely have criminal records, and quite possibly might be terrorists. If they aren’t terrorists, then undoubtedly they have their heads firmly implanted in their puckerguard.

(Seriously though, Gino’s sucks. I didn’t know better ten years ago when I first moved here, but I learned. Plus the fact that I knew a woman who said they had a rat problem when she was a waitress there didn’t help.)

Might I also add spinach is a classic Chicago stuffed pizza ingredient. (Also I still prefer my arteries clogged with no pretense of health.)

Finally, I just wanted to use the word puckerguard. No offense meant you poor, misguided lovers of Gino’s.

Lou Malnatis is good – their chocolate chip pizza makes for a good date night especially when it is cold out.

After all that pizza – for a change of pace – Gs – right around Chicago and LaSalle- if it is still there. Awesome, greasy, dive. Man I miss the food in Chicago. One of the best cities to eat in, ever.

@Lee S: It’s not a holy war until the New Yorkers show up, tell us that Chicago style pizza is a perversion, and declare that cracker-thin cheese-on-cardboard “thin crust” is the One True Pizza. Gino’s East vs. Uno’s is just the Chicago way of saying “good morning.”

As an aside, the best Chicago-style pizza I’ve had outside of Chicago is the stuffed crust at Delfino’s in Seattle, which is good enough to keep me from special-ordering pizzas packed in dry ice.

Oh, the liking both is not an issue (unless you’re in either Chicago or New York city limits, in which case, theirs a statute that says people are allowed to kneecap you for uttering such hearsay). The argument is which is -superior- (Chicago).

I’ve not had the experience of a Chicago deep dish pizza but I’m sure that when I get around to visiting my brother, that will be on my list of things to do. Around here the original Vincent’s Pizza Park on Ardmore Blvd is well known and quite good but probably more like New York pizza.

I would love to give an opinion on Chicago deep dish pizza, but every time that I went to Gino’s East and ordered one, they brought me some kind of round lasagna instead.

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