Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

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101 Best Pizzas in America
6649 N Lincoln Ave (at Prairie Rd)
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
(847) 673-0800
Mon–Thu: 11:00 AM–11:00 PM Fri–Sat: 11:00 AM–Midnight Sun: Noon–10:00 PM


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, expanding his chain to 42 locations at last count.

The Lou Malnati’s deep-dish experience comes in four sizes: six-inch individual (serves one), nine-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).

They do actually make a thin-crust pie, but what’s the matter with you? You’re not visiting for thin-crust, so make sure one of those picks is the Malnati Chicago Classic: a casserole (remember, deep dish isn’t technically pizza) made with Lou's lean sausage, some extra mozzarella, and vine-ripened tomato sauce on buttercrust. "It's authentic Chicago!"

Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Pizzas in America 2015, 8/6/2015



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This is the original Lou's from 1971
Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 18:58
This is the original location but no tourists. Avoid long lines by arriving within 2 hours of opening or closing. Pre-order to get seated fast & pizza faster. Must get the buttered crust!
Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 13:49
Absolutely the best pizza ever!!!
Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 15:54
Lou Malnatis has been serving the city for decades. It's all about with the signature Lou, topped with spinach, mushroom and sliced tomatoes. Get it with the buttercrust and thank us later.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 11:59
A favorite since childhood Lou knows how to dish up the deep dish. Never disappointing, great toppings, great atmosphere. A must visit place for great deep dish pizza.
Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 18:22
Friday, August 13, 2010 - 18:14
call your order in before you go to eat there takes long time before pizza is done
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 19:42
Gotta go with the Chicago Special: crumbled sausage, gooey cheese, thick sauce, and buttercrust!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 14:38
We like to place every order of deep-dish with extra tomato sauce. This guarantees the awesome, chunky tomatoes keep up with the thick cheese and crust.
Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 15:38
Deep Dish Butter Crust - AMAZING!!!!
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 10:41
lots of ladies in sweatpants here.
Friday, January 10, 2014 - 15:35
BUTTER CRUST!!!!! :D.... <<<Drool
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 17:40
Best "Lou" pizza...so delicious!
Monday, September 26, 2011 - 20:56
Deep dish and crust are the best!
Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 06:29
order the deep-dish pizza with extra tomato sauce as Jon B said, and also with butter crust. very important
Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 16:07
Excellent pizza. Ordered "The Lou." Their salad was ok. Too crunchy with bacon bites for me though. Great service. Make sure to order your pizza while you wait for a table!
Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 05:37
Best Chicago style pizza. Go for a sausage pie plus malnati's salad.
Monday, December 24, 2012 - 09:26
Food is great. Service is awful. Make sure you have hours to spare if you're going here
Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 11:11
Get the buttercrust. Also, get the house salad (family style) with the sweet vinegarette.
Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 18:34
Best pizza in Chicagoland!! Ask for it well done and un-cut!
Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 11:28