#37 Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, Chicago (Chicago Classic)
Does it say something that the first Chicago deep-dish pizzeria on this list of the 101 best pizzas in America ranks number 37? Sounds like a question a New Yorker would ask. Maybe because deep-dish pizza isn’t actually pizza, but a casserole? All quibbling aside, even the most ardent anti-deep-dishites have to hand it to Lou Malnati’s — the first Lou Malnati's Pizzeria opened in 1971 to much acclaim, and it’s now a Chicago, and national institution. Lou died of cancer just seven years later, but his family kept his dream alive, in fact expanding it to some 36 locations.
The Lou Malnati’s deep-dish experience comes in four sizes: 6-inch individual (serves one), 9-inch small (serves two), 12-inch medium (serves three), and 14-inch large (serves four). So you most likely will just be ordering one or two if you plan to finish them, even with a few friends (unless you’re not planning to eat anything else that day). Make sure one of those picks is The Malnati Chicago Classic: a casserole made with Lou's lean sausage, some extra mozzarella, and vine-ripened tomato sauce on buttercrust. "It's authentic Chicago!"