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Restaurant Review: Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

Full Disclosure:  I paid for this meal with my own money and I was in no way reimbursed for this blog post.  The opinions are completely my own.

One of the foods that we usually HAVE to get while in Chicago is a deep dish pizza.  Last summer when we were in town, we had Giordanos.  While that was delicious, I convinced the husband to try another place…so that I’d have somewhere else to review on the blog. He reluctantly agreed….there must be more than one delicious deep dish pizza in Chicago, right?

After some searching, we found Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria.  They had a fairly close location to our hotel, so we decided to go for it. Like the last time we had deep dish, we decided that we wanted to wait until after the comedy show that we were going to be at to eat our pizza.  Last time we walked to pick up the pizza, this time we got smart and decided to order the pizza ahead of time and have it delivered! While we could have walked and picked it up after the show, it was nice to just go back to the hotel and wait for it to be delivered.

Lou Malnatis

We each ordered a personal size pizza, I got cheese and the husband got sausage.  We timed things pretty perfectly because the pizza was delivered about 15 minutes after we got back from the show.  Yes, that means we ate at about 10:15pm, its vacation, whatever.

Lou Malnatis Pizza

I really should have put something next to the pizza when I took the photo so you could see the size.  These were quite a bit smaller than we thought they would be – 6 inch rather than the 8 or 10 inch that we often get – but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing! Deep dish pizza is a pretty heavy meal so making it a little smaller is probably a good idea. The pizza itself was good!  One thing that I love about this style of pizza is the fresh tomatoes that top it and the layer of delicious cheese inside.

Compared to the previous Chicago style pizza that we had, this pizza was good, but not quite as good as the other.  The one thing that we didn’t love about this pizza was the crust.  It just wasn’t as flakey and buttery as we were hoping.  We are wondering, though, if this is just because the pizza itself was so small that maybe the crust just wasn’t quite the same?  Either way, it was still a good pizza and it definitely all got eaten.

Taste: A-, just not quite as good as others that we’ve had.
Cost: A, I don’t remember exactly how much it was but I don’t remember it being anything unreasonable.

Would I go there again?  I’m not sure. It wasn’t bad, just not the best we’ve had.  I feel like maybe I should dine in next time and give it another chance.

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2 Responses

  1. The crust at Lou Malnati’s is definitely different. It wasn’t just because you got smaller pizzas. The crust is actually why I don’t really care for their pizza.

    Next time you’re in Chicago, if you’re willing to venture to nearly the burbs on the southside, hit Nick and Vito’s. (Maybe we could even meet up!)

    • Oh, good to know!

      I’ll have to check that place out! There is a possibility I’ll be down again mid July….I’ll keep you posted!

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