Man has struggled with many profound questions throughout history: Is there life after death? What is the point of life? And where in the world can I find the best pizza? To the second, I say read the blog. For the final, I have to go city by city to determine the best pizza by locale. Otherwise, the answer to this question would be just as daunting as contemplating the first one posed.
To start The World’s Best Pizza Series, I have chosen Chicago because it’s where I originally conceived the idea. It does not necessarily mean that I believe that Chicago has the best pizza in the world.
Candidate #1: Chicago, Home of the Deep Dish
Since my belly simply couldn’t handle any more deep dish, I had to limit my assessment to three pizza places. These three were recommended by natives of Chicago so I feel confident in saying that they are among the best. As I’m sure I’m leaving others out, I invite you to share your thoughts in the comment section below for the next time TPOL is in town.
#3. Beggars Pizza: It was a hike to get to Beggars but it was worth the effort. Their motto is ‘We Lay It on THICK’ and they weren’t lying. I wasn’t a fan of the cornmeal crust but the sauce was excellent. Since it took 40 minutes for the pizza to be prepared, I started off with some appetizers. That proved to be a costly mistake as I couldn’t consume more than two slices of pie.
2. Gino’s East Pizzeria: If you would’ve asked me twenty years ago what my favorite pizza was, I would’ve said Gino’s East. The sauce is spectacular and the deep dish is top shelf. This time I deviated from my usually pepperoni deep in favor of something else. While it was still excellent, I will not make that mistake again. Classics remain classic for a reason.
1. The Champion: Lou Malnati’s: The best pizza in Chicago is Lou Malnati’s. From the crust to the sauce to the pepperoni, this is by far my favorite pizza in Chicago. It went great with a salad and fine bottle of red.
Since I love pizza, the World’s Best Pizza series will go on indefinitely. I just need to make sure I have a large enough sample size to write a fair review for each city I include on the list.