Lou Malnati's Pizzeria was recently named the best pizzeria in Chicago, and that's quite an honor since Chicago Pizza is famous world wide.
I organized a VT meeting for my dear friend Mehmet (mehbos37) from Istanbul Turkey.
We met at Lou Malnati's, along with Dabs (Kristi), MJB123 (Martin), and Erik707 (Erik).
Since Erik was there when I arrived, we had drinks at the bar and had a great conversation. The bar at Lou's is a fun place for conversation (and for having a great Amoretta Stone Sour).
The place is casual, always crowded, yet they do not rush you; rather, they accomodate your every wish. As for the pizza--it's excellent, especially if you request "butter crust".
Chicago deep dish pizza is hearty and must be eaten with a knife and fork. Malnati's deep dish "dough is patted out by hand and raised up high on the sides of a seasoned deep dish pizza pan." THE CRUST IS NOT THICK, but it is pulled high on the sides. This kind of pizza places slices of mozzarella cheese directly on the dough. Then the ingredients that you order are placed on top of the cheese. Next, the pizza is topped with a fresh tomato sauce (with whole chunks of pear and plum tomatoes) and finally topped with a light sprinkling of cheese and spices. Oh, so delicious!
Favorite Dish: The night of our VT dinner, we also shared a large (and I mean LARGE salad) while the pizza was in the oven.
I love the individual pizzas (four pieces) because you can order whatever you wish and do not have to worry about sharing likes/dislikes with others. My favorite is mushroom, onion, and pepperoni.
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria is the place to go for AUTHENTIC Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza, which uses the recipe that Grampa Rudy Malnati helped create in 1943. They say that the secret is their "flaky buttery crust as well as the tomato sauce." The Malnati brothers go to California and meet personally with the tomato growers to insure the quality. However, Rick Malnati swears that the true secret is in the Chicago WATER. He says, "Only Chicago's finest Lake Michigan water can produce a truly delicious Chicago style deep dish pizza crust!"
I had Chicago style deep dish pizza before ,but it was the first time I ate that legendary pizza at the source,Chicago..
Favorite Dish: Dee (deecat) had organized a VT meeting at Lou Malnati's for me and Kristi (Dabs) Martin (MJB123) and Erik (Erik707) also joined this very enjoyable dinner..
Everyone was so friendly and they had remarkable knowledge about Turkey..
Martin surprised me most when he asked about Chatalhoyuk (The oldest city in the world of 9.000 years located inland Turkey)
It was a night to remember..
No trip to Chicago is complete without stuffing yourself with a deep dish pizza. It is a pizzeria, but doesn't look or feel like a pizzeria, if that makes sense. Comfortable restaurant feel. Clean and good service, although deep dish takes 45 minutes- an hour to bake!
Favorite Dish: Regular deep dish filled with pepperoni and mushrooms!!!!