Exactly klan….if one wants to eat as the Romans do in Chicago…then it is cracker crust all the way….
Again…and this is not a slam in any way, but the vast majority deep dish eaters tend to be tourists….and folks from the burbs (some of my dearest friends I might add)…so really pnwchef,,I sincerely DO subscribe to your philosophy …that’s why I suggested the places I did, so you can get a genuine feel for how locals eat…(and believe me I KNOW the “I’m a local, and all I eat is deep dish” posts are coming…but again, just 20 plus years of personal resident experience!
That being said, for the style you crave, I think Genos does the best job….oh, and the old Lou Malnatis in Lincolnwood….better than the one downtown in my opinion…they will even make you one with no bread….cheese, sauce and toppings only…great flavor without that heavy crust!
And again, just one doofus’ opinion, but I would avoid UNO and DUE..the inventors of this style….long long waits for a pizza that tastes the same (average) at any of their national chain locations around the country…
Chicago’ s “pizza culture” has really exploded in the last few years….you can now get authentic Neopolitan style, New Haven style, Sicilian style, New York style…it’s really become quite a competitive market….but as for Chicago style….thick or thin, those would be my recommendations…