Our first introduction to Chicago style Pizza was at Burt's Place in Chicago. We had seen it in an episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. It was a such a fun experience then. Its a pity that its closed now. Read all about it by clicking Here.
This time around we decided to go old school. Whats more authentic than Lou Malnati's Pizzeria. Lou Malnati's is one of the most iconic restaurants of Chicago, for its sheer culinary history. Lou Malnati opened his first pizzzeria in Lincolnwood in 1971 with his wife Jean. Till date its a family run business, with the culinary baton now being wielded by Lou's sons and his wife.
I opted for an oatmeal stout called THE POET. I am a writer, and I was drinking a beer called The POET. Maybe that's a bad joke.
Coming back to the PIZZA ! Chicago style Pizza or deep dish pizza is pretty different from your regular medium crust pizza or thin crust New York style pizza. Lou Manlati's deep dish pizza is known for its corn meal crust which makes the edges extra crispy. In Chicago style Pizza , the cheese goes in first, then your meat and lastly your tomatoes.
We opted for The Malnati Chicago Classic . Its made with sausage, cheese and chunky tomatoes. If you're used to a smooth tomato sauce on your pizza, then this might surprise you. The tomato ices are chunky and juicy. And you cannot miss the crunchy crust. we opted for a medium, but n hind thought, we should have opted for a small. I could only go through 1 1/2 slices. My daughter nibbled through just about 1/4 slice. Daddy had to finish most.
I loved the ambience. It was more like an old school speak easy rather than a fancy fine dinning new age joint. The history could not be missed. The dark wood furniture and booths and the warm yellow lights, added just the right touch. The service was impeccable. We didn't have a reservation, but didn;t have to wait long. And our server was so warm, I still remember her smile.