Family-owned local chain for Italian classics & Chicago-style, deep-dish pizzas with butter crusts.
BEST PIZZA EVER. I looked up several reviews for this place and all of the good ones aren’t wrong at all. I drove out here on a food trip and it didn’t disappoint. I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant for the following reasons: Cleanliness: they do a good job with social distancing by limiting the seating in doors and spacing the seating outdoors. All employees I saw had masks on and they encouraged me to wait outside for my pizza. Service: the time they quoted me was spot on (35 minutes) and the hostesses brought it out to me. I felt special! Taste: this is my favorite thing to report on because the pizza was memorable! The crust was thick and buttery. The fresh cheese (from neighboring Wisconsin) was spot on! Hot and gooey. The sausage and other toppings were layered on next. Then the incredible tomato sauce. Savory, slightly chunky, and married all of the ingredients together. I’ll try their competitors one day I’m back in Chicago, but for now, Lou Malnati’s is the BEST in my opinion. I highly recommend this place. #HastyFoodiePic
My husband and I love our pizza, and this may have been our favorite EVER! It’s worth the 30 minute wait for the delicious deep dish pizza. We ordered the three cheese bread while we waited and it was good, but The Malnati Chicago Classic Pizza was amazing!
My first night in Chicago I knew I had to try deep dish and luckily Lou Malnati’s was right around the corner from my Airbnb. We got the Lou’s without mushrooms. The pie came out within maybe 30 minutes of being seated and 30 minutes of waiting on a table. The small was $19, but it makes sense considering the time and ingrediants they put into their pizzas. I thought the layering was great and the tomato chunks were a great touch. The staff were accommodating for us first timers and the ambience was great for a date or just hanging out with friends. They were very clean and wore masks. I can’t wait for my next trip to Chicago!
I ordered Veggie Pizza ( Green Bell Peppers , Mushrooms , Green Onion ) . It was amazing . The moment I had my first bite it was pure love . The marinara sauce was fantastic. It was like it was made just now by blending the tomatoes. The taste of cheese was also amazing. The overall review is the best deep dish pizza I ever had.
In town and yelp suggested this place for a deep dish pizza. It was a Friday night around 8, it was a 45min wait. Fine I anticipated that. We sit down the waitress tells us if we want pizza to let her know soon because it takes 45min to cook it. So we ordered that first, with cheese break, and a salad, and lous chicken pasta. Bread was ok, salad was good. On to the main dishes. The pizza was subpar. Very thin crust, I almost didn’t even know it had a crust at the bottom and not much cheese. Now the pasta. They said they make homemade sauce, there’s no way! The creamy sauce tasted like a canned sauce with cheese added. It have zero flavor, not much chicken at all. It was horrible. So glad the next night we went to Giordano’s their pizza redeemed my deep fish pizza reviews.
First time in Chicago and everyone from friends to my uber driver were telling me to try this place if I wanted a good deep-dish pizza. Now I’m completely basic when it comes to pizza preferences so I will say coming to this place did not turn me into a deep dish fanatic but I definitely enjoyed my meal. There was a ridiculous wait but they allow you to order your food while waiting for a table. I was able to get my table pretty quickly because I was solo dolo. My pie consisted of half of the Chicago Classic & half of The Lou (only way I could do this is if I ordered the size up from the personal). Both were so good but definitely couldn’t finish it so I took it back to my hotel for the next day (tasted better than the day before). Overall I can say I’ve had Chicago deep dish pizza!
I was lucky enough to hit up some great Chicago eateries right before the pandemic. I knew coming into the city, a must have was a Chicago deep dish pizza. After lots of research and asking the locals, Lou Malnati’s was the most popular choice. We only had time for one pizza outing since we had other places to try, so we decided to come here. It was in very close proximity to our hotel and close to the Willis Tower which we did a night visit to. We were seated almost right away in the back room. Service was excellent from start to finish. Now to the food. Since we were eating all things Chicago from the time we landed, we weren’t super hungry. We started with some good ole garlic bread which is one of my favorite things in the world. We munched on that and a Caesar salad. We got the salad to cut through the richness of the pizza we were about to devour. Since we were visiting and our flight was the next day, we decided on a small Chicago Classic. We wanted to try what made them famous. This came with lean sausage, cheese and tomato sauce. Pretty simple but boy was it delicious! First off, the buttery crust was nice and crispy but not too thick. They take the sausage and shape it into the size of the pizza to form one patty. Every bite has sausage and cheese. I love that they do it that way! They serve the first piece and you get that awesome cheese pull you see in all the pics and videos. Amazing! The small pizza was enough for two and filling. I’m more of a thin crust pizza kinda guy, but now I’m a deep dish convert. Next time I’m ordering a frozen one to pack for my flight home. I know they ship them as well and I would also be willing to try that. We’re already ready to go back just for the pizza!
Food, Service and atmosphere was great… definitely going to come back. Nestled on Wells Street in Chicago, there are many locations, I just liked this one because it’s not in a high traffic area for Chicago.
I recently ordered delivery via their web site…delivery was fast, hot, and nicely packaged. I read that they recommend that you do NOT have your PIZZA CUT at the restaurant so that it travels better….I followed the advice and completely agree! I ordered the Spinach and Tomato thin crust pizza which had the same buttery taste as the deep dish pizza, was piled high with fresh, gourmet toppings and cheese….I cannot wait to order it again REAL SOON! I also ordered the Buffalo Wings which were a mixture of pieces. Moist and large in size. They also came with celery and ranch dressing or blue cheese. I love supporting local businesses that are family run and this is definitely a true Chicago treasure!
The best deep dish pizza in Chicago…it’s the crust for me! The lemon pepper wings were so good, that we placed an order to go. If you’ve never tried deep dish pizza and can’t decide if you want to go to Giordano’s or Lou Malnati’s, pick Lou Malnati’s, they won’t disappoint you.