After thinking about it, I had posted this to a different thread called "Chicago Trip Report". In retrospect, it might have made more sense to have this go out on it's own.
So here is the criteria: Post your top 5 favorites, feel free to explain why and if you have a few good runners up for 5th, go ahead and list them too. _______________________________________________________________
It's hard to beat the original classics for deep dish and of those there are truly only a few: Uno/Duo, Gulliver's & Gino's East. All the others are pretty much refinements, derivatives or "twists" on the same theme.
In visiting these places web sites and reading their history I thought it was interesting that it seems like Chicago deep dish pizza went through a "pizza boom", of new places starting in with Gulliver's in 1965 and went on until Bacino's in 1980, which means it's been about 25 years since any other significant new competition has come to the market.
I would rank the following as my 5 favorite deep dish places:
1. Gino's East (Downtown!) 1966
2. Uno/Duo 1940
3. Gulliver's 1965
4. Giordano's 1974
5. Bacino's 1980
6. Edwardo's 1978
7. Nancy's 1974
8. Lou Malnati's 1971