We’re suckers for lists, so when a certain travel site recently posted the “Top 10 Cities for Pizza”, our ears perked up. Let’s see where Chicago ranks on here, hmmm… we’re not 6-10, must be in the top 5, alright! Wow, NYC is only 4th -- we’re happy to take potshots at New York, but that seems low. Boston and Vegas both make the podium… somehow. Well, it is with much civic pride we see that the best pizza city in America is Chicag-- SAN DIEGO!?! Not only does Chicago pie reign supreme, it has its own sub-category of pizza. As a matter of principle, here are Chicago’s 10 best pizzas, divided into deep-dish and thin-crust, all of which better than anything you’ll get in California.
Chicago's 10 best pizzas, regardless of crust
1. Pizano's Pizza61 E Madison St, Chicago
2. Coalfire1321 W Grand Ave, Chicago
3. Vito and Nick's Pizzeria8433 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago
4. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria1927 W North Ave, Chicago
5. Reno2607 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
6. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria439 N Wells St, Chicago
7. The Art of Pizza3033 N Ashland Ave, Chicago
8. Pequod's Pizza2207 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago
9. Giordano's223 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago
10. Pizzeria da Nella1443 W Fullerton, Chicago
Pizano's pizza comes from a line of Chicago pie royalty -- Rudy Malnati, Lou's son -- so you know that their pizza, whether deep-dish or thin-crust, will be awesome and authentic.
Coalfire's cooking Neopolitan-style 'zas at 800 degrees so they're perfectly (lightly) charred with a recommended "less is more" approach to toppings.
With Sicilian roots, this family-owned pie palace started 84yrs ago and continues to deliver delicious, authentic, thin-crust 'zas beloved by Chicagoans -- except, they don't actually deliver because "if you want a truly great pizza, you will come in for it." It's worth it, promise.
Microbrews and New Haven-style thin crust pizzas are paired together in this casual, lounge-style loft.
Local, organic ingredients go into making Reno's mostly handmade American cuisine, including its delectably stacked wood-fired pizzas. Decked with choice cocktails and an extensive list of fairly priced wine, this resto knocks it out of the park.
Lou Malnati is essentially the Godfather of Chicago pizza, and his empire extends throughout the city -- but it's easy to see why: great ingredients, authentic recipes, and just all-around great deep-dish pies.
Art of Pizza is a simple, authentic Chicago pizzeria serving up killer deep-dish pies the traditional way.
Pequod's Pizza in Chicago specializes in deep-dish pies with a crust that's GOT CARAMELIZED CHEESE ON IT. Yup.
Giordano's is a Chicago-area staple pizzeria, serving up deep-dish pies inspired by Northern Italian recipes.
Proving women and pizza are about more than just skanky Julia Roberts trying to convince audiences she's Portuguese, Pizzeria da Nella is the new home of the former Spacca Napoli she-pizzaiola, a Naples native who started firing 'zas at age 13. Her new digs are appropriately centered around a brick oven she mosaic-tiled herself, and rounding out the space are canvas pictures of Italian villas and the Bay of Naples, though your arrival will make it more of a Bay of Pigs.