Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta – Loop
The Malnati name is considered one of the oldest in deep dish pizza history, owned by Rudy Malnati Jr. Pizano’s serves up a winner in both his thin crust and deep dish.
Spacca Napoli – Ravenswood
In the Ravenswood neighborhood, pizza faithful to the authentic Neapolitan style can be found. Owned by Jonathan Goldsmith, Spacca Napoli pays tribute to a place Jonathan and his family consider a second home, Naples. Sometimes a trip to Ravenswood can feel like a trip to Italy.
Coalfire – West Town
Cooking in Chicago’s original coal burning oven at temps over 800 degrees makes this place stand out. The crispy/chewy pizza is rarely found, but in West Town that is exactly what is waiting for you.
Apart Pizza -Lincoln Square
Situated at the corner of Lincoln & Montrose Apart’s brings us an artisinal pie whose roots come from the northern most region of Italy. The Bolzano region is responsible for these hand tossed thin crust pizzas.
Sono Wood Fired – SoNo (Near North Side)
Venture into Sono Wood Fired and enjoy wood fired pizza in an Urban/Rustic environment. The pizza’s influence can be traced to Florence and makes it unique in the Chicago pizza scene. The name of the game here is local, seasonal, and fresh. They use a secret ingredient that makes it perfect to pair with a drink.
Pequod’s – Lincoln Park
Steps from DePaul’s campus in the “Clybourn Corridor” lies one of the most unique deep dish pan pies. Pequod’s captures the sweet sauce, bread dough and a caramelized crust. Popular with the locals since 1971 or 1970, we’ll let you try and figure that argument out.
Bacino’s – Lincoln Park
Since 1978 Bacino’s has been serving their stuffed pizza making them one of the oldest purveyors of the style. This massive pie may be one of the largest, and tastiest in Chicago.
Macello’s – Fulton Market
The great thing about Chicago’s pizza scene is that we have so many classic Chicago-style pizza joints mixed in with Italian pizzerias. While many Neapolitan places are popping up across the country, I’ve yet to hear of places featuring pizzas from the Puglia region. Macello’s brings the flavor of that region alive in the Fulton Market.
Italian Fiesta – Hyde Park
It’s not every day you get to taste presidential approved pizza. Visit the pizza the Obamas call their favorite and hear how these pizzas made it all the way to Washington D.C.
Flo & Santo’s – South Loop
I had been searching high and low for pizza downtown that reminds me of “southside pizza” and low and behold it pops up in the South Loop, my own neighborhood of all places.
Pizzeria da Nella Cucina Napoletana – Lincoln Park
In an industry typically dominated by men, Nella stands out. That’s her name on the restaurant and that is her in the kitchen making some of the best VPN certified pizza in Chicago. With an open kitchen, it is great to observe the process but don’t blink, its so fast you could miss it.
Rated 4.8 out of 5 Stars !!!
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