A Chicagoan my whole life, trying to pick the top five pizza places here is like trying to choose five great sushi places in Japan- it’s downright impossible to come to a consensus. Especially since non-Chicagoans don’t recognize the complexities of pizza classifications like New York-style, deep dish, stuffed, California-style, it’s like comparing apples to oranges and our bread and butter; it’s what we’re known for. Nevertheless, I will accept the challenge and welcome any friendly debates. Just say Pizz-aaah.
A Wicker Park staple, Piece has been reliably delicious for game-day growlers and the freshest of ingredients. Technically New Haven (thin crust) style, choose between red or white sauce, and a variety of premium toppings like artichoke hearts, clams, and goat cheese.
1927 W. North Ave. 73.772.4422. http://www.piecechicago.com/
Chosen the best pizza in America by NBC (take that NYC), who am I to disagree? Their stuffed truly is rich, hearty, and crave-able no matter what state you’re in. With over 55 locations in Illinois and Florida, this family-owned franchise brought their deep-dish, double-crusted recipe straight from great-grandma’s kitchen in Torino, Italy.
223 W. Jackson Blvd. 312.583.9400. http://www.giordanos.com/
3 Edwardo’s Natural Pizza
Well-known throughout the Midwest, Edwardo’s has been voted by critics and polls alike as the "favorite pizza" in Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. Their stuffed spinach and garlic is my pick for the best authentic Chicago-style pie.
1212 N. Dearborn. 312.337.4490. http://www.edwardos.com
4 Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder Co.
Conceived by the owner in his Chicago Law Office while dreaming of "il gran giorno,” the Pizza Pot Pie has become a favorite of world-wide pizza connoisseurs who have graced the Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company since its inception in 1972. The Pizza Pot Pie is an individual pie with triple-raised Sicilian dough; a homemade sauce consisting of olive oil, fresh garlic, onions, green peppers, whole plum tomatoes and a special blend of cheeses; sausage made from prime Boston butts; and doorknob-size, whole, fresh mushrooms.
2121 N. Clark St. 773.248.2570. http://www.chicagopizzaandovengrinder.com
5 Pizzeria Uno’s
The original Deep Dish, Pizzeria Uno’s has earned it’s rightful spot in history in the "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" Book making it more landmark than dinner locale. As they say, often imitated, never duplicated.
29 E. Ohio. 312.321.1000. http://unos.com