Do you want to experience Chicago like a true local? Well, then get your fork and knife ready because you are in for a treat.

So, what truly makes Chicago’s signature deep-dish pizza different than anything else? Visit these famous and historic restaurants to find out for yourself!

Lou Malnati’s

First opened on March 17, 1971 by founder Lou Malnati, this family run pizzeria has grown infinitely. Using only the freshest ingredients, each pie is handmade from scratch. First, comes the mozzarella cheese right on the dough itself. Then, other toppings like mushrooms and onions. Finally, the grand finale of fresh tomato sauce on top. For those who are not a fan of pizza, don’t worry! Lou’s also serves soups, salads, sandwiches and pastas. With numerous locations around the city you will have no trouble finding one near you!


Another pizzeria with historical background is Giordano’s. Inspired by Mama Giordano’s recipe in Torino, Italy, this family staple pizza has turned into a booming business. Their ‘Chicago Classic Deep Dish’ is a fan favorite with toppings of pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers and onions. Be prepared to taste the savory melting cheese and ripe tomato sauce on a crisp crust! And don’t forget to try some appetizers like their old bay wings or garlic parmesan fries.

Gino’s East

This pizza parlor was born when two taxi drivers couldn’t stand waiting in traffic all day, so they decided to open up a pizza restaurant. With eight different kinds of deep dish and nine thin crust pies, something will surely catch your eye!  Stop by the original location on Michigan Ave and Superior (or others) today and you will see customers coming from all over the country. Gino’s East even has nationwide shipping for those out of towners back home craving a sizzling slice!

Devin Johnson

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