Chicago’s Many Pizzas

4 STOPS | 13 MILES | 38 min

It is not quite right that deep-dish pie gets all the attention when it comes to Chicago pizza. Yes, the forkworthy casserole-style pizza was first created in Chicago, in 1943 at Pizzeria Uno, where it continues to be a magnificent meal (as it also is at Gino’s East). But Chicago’s best pizzas aren’t all three inches tall. There are thin crust pies and ultra-thin crust pies, traditional Neapolitan pies with chewy collars (Freddy’s Pizzeria‘s are swell), and even weirdly wonderful pizza pot pies at the Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company). Consider these four Roadfood faves the beginning of the pizza-eating adventure that is Chicago.


Freddy’s Pizzeria

A small corner grocery with an immense menu of sandwiches, hot dishes & superb gelato, Freddie's is a treasured destination for Italian food in Chicagoland.


Pizzeria Uno

Forget Uno outlets in other cities. The original is in a class by itself, its pizzas a virtual crustbowl of sauce, cheese, and superb sausage. A Chicago best.

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Gino’s East

Gino’s East is one of the great deep dish pizza pie institutions in the Chicago area. Try the crumbled sausage and cheese pie topped with copious tomato sauce.

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Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company

Behold the Chicago pizza pot pie: A ceramic bowl is filled with cheese and sauce, topped with dough, baked, then upended on a plate to become a mighty meal.

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