Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

Pizza, Italian
$ $
6649 N Lincoln Ave (at Prairie Rd)
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
(847) 673-0800
11:00am - 11:00pm
11:00am - 11:00pm
11:00am - 11:00pm
11:00am - 11:00pm
11:00am - 12:00am
11:00am - 12:00am
12:00pm - 10:00pm

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





  • 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.
  • Gotta go with the Chicago Special: crumbled sausage, gooey cheese, thick sauce, and buttercrust!
  • This is the original Lou's from 1971
  • 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!
  • Deep Dish Butter Crust - AMAZING!!!!
  • lots of ladies in sweatpants here.
  • 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.
  • BUTTER CRUST!!!!! :D.... <<<Drool
  • Best "Lou" delicious!
  • 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!
  • Deep dish and crust are the best!
  • Absolutely the best pizza ever!!!
  • order the deep-dish pizza with extra tomato sauce as Jon B said, and also with butter crust. very important
  • Best Chicago style pizza. Go for a sausage pie plus malnati's salad.
  • Food is great. Service is awful. Make sure you have hours to spare if you're going here
  • Get the buttercrust. Also, get the house salad (family style) with the sweet vinegarette.
  • Best pizza in Chicagoland!! Ask for it well done and un-cut!
  • They have delicious water here!
  • Great pizza, get the butter crust. Ask to be seated in Nick's station. The man knows how to care for his clients.
  • Not many people know this but Lou's has a KILLER clam chowder that they serve on Fridays!!

Nearby places

6469 N Lincoln Ave (at Devon Ave)
7000 Carpenter Rd (at Touhy Ave)
5630 W Touhy Ave