Monday, July 20, 2009

Chicago Restaurants: Lou Malnati's - Chicago Style Pizza

There's certainly something elegant about a perfect slice of thin-crust pizza. It's perfectly charred, crisp crust, a dainty smattering of's a thing of beauty really. But I'd trade that for a heaping slice of Chicago deep-dish pizza any day.

Pizza was tops on my must-eat list on my recent Chicago trip. Lou Malnati's did not disappoint. Served in a cast iron pan, it was a veritable one-slice meal. We opted for the Deluxe - if you're going to do it, you gotta do it right! The Deluxe came with cheese, sausage, mushrooms, onions and green peppers.

This baby was thick and oh so cheesy and chock full of various flavors and textures. Honestly one slice is enough, but how could I not at least try to tackle my second piece? To not do so would be wasteful, no? Every bite was truly pizza bliss, and put those flimsy little thin crust pies to shame. Was Lou Malnati's pizza as elegant as those found at Fritti here in town? No of course not, Chicago pies aren't about elegance. They're more of an in-your-face, rough and tumble American-born kind of meal as compared to the waifish Italian creation.

Before we tucked into that, we shared a Malnati Salad filled with all sorts of goodies, including diced tomatoes, black olives, sliced mushrooms, crumbled salami and gorgonzola cheese. It was sweet and savory and gigantic - this place was not kidding around, even the salad was hearty and delicious!

Sigh...I imagine I won't be having any pizza like this again any time soon, but my memory of this epic Lou Malnati's pizza will surely be enough to carry me through the rest of my low carb pre-wedding days!

Pros: Ooey gooey deep-dish pizza perfection, surprisingly good salad
Cons: Long wait for a pizza - don't come in a hurry, high potential for clogged arteries and expanding waistlines

Lou Malnati's
Chicago - River North
439 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60610

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