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Is Lou Malnati's pizza any good? I'm thinking about getting some shipped to me. Cost $100 for six. Any others with better deals?
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Lou Malnati's is the best deep dish I've had. Fantastic stuff.
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Hero wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 10:42 am Is Lou Malnati's pizza any good? I'm thinking about getting some shipped to me. Cost $100 for six. Any others with better deals?
Pequods bro.
UOK wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 10:50 am Lou Malnati's is the best deep dish I've had. Fantastic stuff.
It's good but I can't call it the best deep dish I've had.

1. Pequods (pepperoni and garlic)
2. Art of Pizza (pepperoni and jalapeno)
3. Lou Malnatis (sausage and jalapeno)
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UOK wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 10:50 am Lou Malnati's is the best deep dish I've had. Fantastic stuff.
100% accurate.

Honorable mention to Giordanos and Ginos East. But Lou’s wins easily.
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The Marshall Plan wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 11:13 am
UOK wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 10:50 am Lou Malnati's is the best deep dish I've had. Fantastic stuff.
100% accurate.

Honorable mention to Giordanos and Ginos East. But Lou’s wins easily.
Giordanos is, in my opinion, not even comparable. I've had my fair share of deep dish, but Malnati's is on a different level. They make one of the best PIZZAS, period, that I've ever eaten. Highly recommend. Can't attest for how good it'd be frozen, but I'm sure it would satisfy.
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UOK wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 11:16 am
The Marshall Plan wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 11:13 am

100% accurate.

Honorable mention to Giordanos and Ginos East. But Lou’s wins easily.
Giordanos is, in my opinion, not even comparable. I've had my fair share of deep dish, but Malnati's is on a different level. They make one of the best PIZZAS, period, that I've ever eaten. Highly recommend. Can't attest for how good it'd be frozen, but I'm sure it would satisfy.
Have you also gotten a regular pizza from Lou’s?

We use a couple local places for normal pizza. Deep dish is ALWAYS Lou’s.

What do you put on your deep dish?

We do sausage and pepperoni. Every now and then we add onions and or mushrooms.
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UOK wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 11:16 am
The Marshall Plan wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 11:13 am

100% accurate.

Honorable mention to Giordanos and Ginos East. But Lou’s wins easily.
Giordanos is, in my opinion, not even comparable. I've had my fair share of deep dish, but Malnati's is on a different level. They make one of the best PIZZAS, period, that I've ever eaten. Highly recommend. Can't attest for how good it'd be frozen, but I'm sure it would satisfy.
Had some Lou's shipped here to TX for the playoffs in 2018. It was ok. Nothing like having it there though.
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Last time I had Malnati's was takeout from their restaurant downtown near the theater district. We did a cheese deep dish and the Chicago Classic. Both just knocked us on our asses with the quality.
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Do all the locations maintain quality/consistency? I'm thinking of getting a deep dish from the Tinley Park location while visiting family in a few months.
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wab wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 11:32 am
UOK wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 11:16 am

Giordanos is, in my opinion, not even comparable. I've had my fair share of deep dish, but Malnati's is on a different level. They make one of the best PIZZAS, period, that I've ever eaten. Highly recommend. Can't attest for how good it'd be frozen, but I'm sure it would satisfy.
Had some Lou's shipped here to TX for the playoffs in 2018. It was ok. Nothing like having it there though.
My Dad shipped me some giordano's to maine last year and same, it was fine, but it certainly tasted like a frozen pizza that traveled 1000 miles.
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Hero wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 10:42 am Is Lou Malnati's pizza any good? I'm thinking about getting some shipped to me. Cost $100 for six. Any others with better deals?
Pequods bro.
UOK wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 10:50 am Lou Malnati's is the best deep dish I've had. Fantastic stuff.
It's good but I can't call it the best deep dish I've had.

1. Pequods (pepperoni and garlic)
2. Art of Pizza (pepperoni and jalapeno)
3. Lou Malnatis (sausage and jalapeno)
I prefer Pequods also. The carmelized cheese on the back of the crust, hot damn that is good shit. For me, the others (Lou's, Gino's and Giordano's) taste pretty similar.
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Man. Not a lot of topping options. Cheese, pepperoni, and sausage. Is this a Chicago thing like no ketchup on hot dogs. :D
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Hero wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:10 pm Man. Not a lot of topping options. Cheese, pepperoni, and sausage. Is this a Chicago thing like no ketchup on hot dogs. :D
It's deep dish, man. It's a pizza cake. Dense and hearty and greasy.
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Hero wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:10 pm Man. Not a lot of topping options. Cheese, pepperoni, and sausage. Is this a Chicago thing like no ketchup on hot dogs. :D
there are some places that offer a wider variety, but for true deep dish, it is best to keep it simple IMO ... I think the cooking process probably has something to do with this, or at least that was what I was told many years ago
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UOK wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:16 pm
Hero wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:10 pm Man. Not a lot of topping options. Cheese, pepperoni, and sausage. Is this a Chicago thing like no ketchup on hot dogs. :D
It's deep dish, man. It's a pizza cake. Dense and hearty and greasy.
I'm a Chicago-boy, born and raised so deep-dish isn't really my fave (I think it's tourist pizza -- give me Connie's or Home-Run Inn thin any time) but if you MUST do deep dish, Lou Malnati's is the goods.

Back in the day, my office was in Schaumburg and Lou's was always the pizza of choice.
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It is a traditionalist's pizza. Pizza the way it was meant to be. No need for Buffalo chicken, ranch chicken, bbq chicken, bleu cheese, or any of that California style shit on Chicago deep dish pizza.

Roasted red peppers is about as extravagant as I get.
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I grew up eating Palermo's 95th in Oak Lawn and it's still one of my favorite pizzas. That said, Monical's is top-shelf stuff. Shame it's so expensive or I'd get it all the time.
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Otis Day wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:32 pm It is a traditionalist's pizza. Pizza the way it was meant to be. No need for Buffalo chicken, ranch chicken, bbq chicken, bleu cheese, or any of that California style shit on Chicago deep dish pizza.

Roasted red peppers is about as extravagant as I get.
Ha. They did have a bbq chicken but I'm not touching that one. I'm a beef/Canadian bacon/mushroom guy.
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IotaNet wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:30 pm
UOK wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:16 pm It's deep dish, man. It's a pizza cake. Dense and hearty and greasy.
I'm a Chicago-boy, born and raised so deep-dish isn't really my fave (I think it's tourist pizza -- give me Connie's or Home-Run Inn thin any time) but if you MUST do deep dish, Lou Malnati's is the goods.

Back in the day, my office was in Schaumburg and Lou's was always the pizza of choice.
Worked in an office in Schaumburg up until the pandemic and can confirm, most of the time when we had pizza for a lunch and learn it was from Lou's. It got to the point where when we had people from other offices visiting, they'd see it and be excited but everyone else would just be like, "Eh, looks like it's Lou's again".

Personally, being raised in a frugal household, I was never picky and was just happy on the rare occasions when we had pizza from PIzza Hut so I never got tired of Lou's. It's still a luxury pizza to me.
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Xee wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 10:47 pm
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I'm a Chicago-boy, born and raised so deep-dish isn't really my fave (I think it's tourist pizza -- give me Connie's or Home-Run Inn thin any time) but if you MUST do deep dish, Lou Malnati's is the goods.

Back in the day, my office was in Schaumburg and Lou's was always the pizza of choice.
Worked in an office in Schaumburg up until the pandemic and can confirm, most of the time when we had pizza for a lunch and learn it was from Lou's. It got to the point where when we had people from other offices visiting, they'd see it and be excited but everyone else would just be like, "Eh, looks like it's Lou's again".

Personally, being raised in a frugal household, I was never picky and was just happy on the rare occasions when we had pizza from PIzza Hut so I never got tired of Lou's. It's still a luxury pizza to me.
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I lived downtown for 7 years.. One year we pulled a list of the top 25 Chicago Pizza places and hit them all..None, IMO, came close to Lous.
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I think all the "immediate mentions" when you ask about Chicago Deep Dish are overrated.

My first choice would be
https://edwardospizza.goldbelly.com/

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Worked there long ago, during a suburban expansion that ultimately failed. But, man, that was good stuff - deep and thin. Had one every single shift and never got tired of it.
The spinach stuffed was surprisingly good.

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Best pizza I had from the Chicago area I don't even know where it came from. My daughter was in the Shriner's Hospital and a nurse got to talking about pizza. She ended up ordering us an italian beef pizza and it was awesome. I don't believe she ever told us where it was from. I do know it was a mom and pop place. This was over 20 yrs ago.
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UOK wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 4:00 pm I grew up eating Palermo's 95th in Oak Lawn and it's still one of my favorite pizzas. That said, Monical's is top-shelf stuff. Shame it's so expensive or I'd get it all the time.
Man, I miss Monical's
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wab wrote: Thu Jun 24, 2021 10:32 am
UOK wrote: Wed Jun 23, 2021 4:00 pm I grew up eating Palermo's 95th in Oak Lawn and it's still one of my favorite pizzas. That said, Monical's is top-shelf stuff. Shame it's so expensive or I'd get it all the time.
Man, I miss Monical's
It's the shit. There frozen take-homes aren't bad either.
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UOK wrote: Thu Jun 24, 2021 10:36 am
wab wrote: Thu Jun 24, 2021 10:32 am

Man, I miss Monical's
It's the shit. There frozen take-homes aren't bad either.
We have some pretty good pizza places down here, but we also have a lot of boutique places that put figs and goat cheese and honey on top.

Lot's of NY style pizza here but very few Chicago style joints worth a damn.
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Mostly Chicago Pizza in Tucson. Some excellent deli and Mom n Pop
I have Rosati Pizza 6 minutes away


Yesterday visited with Luke at Luke's Chicago Dogs n Beef. Always great. Used to go to both in Chicago were I grew up.

We have a couple NY pizza places..gpod but not the same
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I'm glad this came up. Found out we have Lou Malnati's in Indianapolis, I had no idea. May have to give it a try Friday or Saturday.
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wab wrote: Thu Jun 24, 2021 11:03 am
UOK wrote: Thu Jun 24, 2021 10:36 am

It's the shit. There frozen take-homes aren't bad either.
We have some pretty good pizza places down here, but we also have a lot of boutique places that put figs and goat cheese and honey on top.

Lot's of NY style pizza here but very few Chicago style joints worth a damn.
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No mention of Uno or Duo. Very similar to Malnati's, but maybe a hair short. But still great.
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