This pizza place does the impossible: managing to be deliciously "Chicago-inspired" without the help of that delightful Peter Cetera. Instead, they serve the area's only deep-dish pies, all packed with so much spicy goodness, now might be a good time to invest in Pepto stock.
Be still your heart (soon enough!). These cornmeal-y monsters pack toppings like hunks of spicy sausage the size of golf balls, gigantic pepperoni slices, prosciutto, and meatballs.
You can cop solo slices of any pie, from Artichoke & Parmesan to this Meaty w/ giardiniera peppers
This gravy-soaked Italian beef sandwich (w/ hot peppers) kicks off the non-pie Windy City favorites, which also include paninis and "pizza dogs", which are either wieners dressed up with pizza toppings, or a type of canine bred for generations by Louie Anderson
This cannoli is made to order and comes sprinkled with chocolate pistachios. Well, this one isn't made to order. In fact, it's probably been eaten by now. But you get the idea.
There's a full bar and a rack of taps that includes Chi-Town favorite Goose Island, and the fridge is stocked with sixers and boomers of Bear Republic Racer 5, Double Mountain Vaporizer, et Cetera.
1. Via Chicago
2013 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
Even though it's a good 1700 miles away from the Windy City, Via Chicago in Portland is serving up some amazing deep-dish pizzas, including the super spicy Meaty (hot sausages, pepperoni, Giardinara peppers), prosciutto & arugula, and pepperoni. If pies aren't your thing, VC has a selection of awesome sandwiches like the obligatory meatball and a gravy-soaked Italian beef.