1. Salerno's1201 W Grand Ave, Chicago
2. Pizza Metro1707 W Division St, Chicago
3. Pat's Pizzeria & Ristorante2679 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
4. Roots Handmade Pizza1924 W Chicago Ave, Chicago
5. My Pie Pizza2010 N Damen Ave, Chicago
6. Reno2607 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
7. The Art of Pizza3033 N Ashland Ave, Chicago
8. Pequod's Pizza2207 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago
One of Chicago’s most unsung pizza makers deals, surprisingly, not in the way of the deep dish, and while it does offer thin crust as an option, Salerno's really shines when it comes to traditional, thick-crust pizza (a bold move, for Chicago). This predominately take-out operation offers surprisingly upscale appetizers like calamari, fried clams, and stuffed artichoke as a warm up for the Hawaiian, Sicilian, or Veggie pizza you pick up.
This neighborhood takeout mainstay keeps it interesting with a crazy array of slices, from potato rosemary and prosciutto di parma/arugula, to the Garbage Pizza (zucchini, black olives, blue cheese, mushroom, pepperoni, sausage, tomatoes). All that said, their simple grilled chicken slices may actually be the best.
Go thin and get the sausage. That's our advice for ordering at this 60+ year old pizzeria. Stick with us and you'll get a pizza with a crust thin as a cracker that offers the perfect edible plating for a dish where house-made sausage is the man meal. Trust us, go thin and get the sausage.
Helmed by the people behind The Fifty/50, this deluxe corner spot in West Town is slinging "Quad Cities-style" pizza. The hand-tossed crusts are infused with the same malt you taste in your beer before they're lathered with homemade sauce, doused in mozzarella, topped with your choice of fresh ingredients and cured meats, fired, and sliced into thin, easy-to-eat strips. Perfect for big family outings and group nights, the bar and patio seat more than 300.
My Pie opened their first pizza shop in 1971 and the haven't quit crafting quality pies since, and they still use same delicious ingredients and old-school recipes today at their Bucktown location.
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.
This simple and unfussy counter-serve pizzeria in Lakeview serves quality deep-dish pizza without the tourists and crowds. The Art of Pizza gets everything right, from the flaky crust to the brightly spiced tomato sauce on top, and even serves pan pizza by the slice for those who don't want to commit to the entire thing. Even though the spot is known for its deep-dish pies, it also makes thin-crust and stuffed pizzas.
Pequod's should be on everyone's bucket list for deep-dish pizza in Chicago. The Lincoln Park mainstay specializes in cast-iron pan pizza with a caramelized cheese-topped crust. The lacy and blackened edges are a Pequod's signature, and the crust is crunchy and dense, while the cheese is sharp and tangy. The Clybourn Ave restaurant is open until 2am, so it's got your late-night pizza needs covered.