I have GREAT news!
The GTA finally has a REAL, honest-to-goodness CHICAGO deep dish stuffed pizza and Italian Beef joint and it's called (not shockingly) Chicago Pizza Kitchen.
Chicago Pizza Kitchen has arrived in Maple and I'm here to tell ya', it is the real deal.
Real Chicago pizza lovers will favour either the single-thicker-cornmealy-crust with everything piled inside Gino's East or Lou Malnati's style pizza or the two-crust stuffed pie like they serve at Giordano's - I love both, but this is the latter style.
The pizza is 'stuffed' with a top and bottom crusted pie filled with cheese and your choice of "toppings" (inside-ings?) and then has an unbelievable fresh-tasting chunky imported tomato sauce on top of the crust. I like mine well done, and get the home-made sausage in your pizza, it's fennel meaty goodness is a must!
If that wasn't enough, CPK also makes a real-deal Italian Beef! For the uninitiated, Italian Beef at CPK is wet and soggy like it's supposed to be, piled with tons of tender thinly sliced beef and dipped in the yummiest beef juices. (seriously, I could drink this stuff!), then topped with spicy pickled giardiniere.
CPK's Italian Beef is better than Als' Beef in Chicago in my opinion, and while the bread isn't imported Gonella, sacrificing authentic for fresh I assume, this italian beef ranks right up there with Portillo's and many of the quality mom-and-pop places in Chi-Town that the locals prefer. (despite the sad-looking sandwich photo on the website)
I am not affiliated with CPK, other than happily handing over my cash on regular visits since I discovered the place recently, but the owner, Spiros who is a transplanted Chicagoan by way of San Francisco, is delightfully freindly and outgoing in that authentic american way that sometimes frightens reserved Torontonians, but many of us find completely disarming.
The menu has a bunch of interesting items, like an old-fashioned patty-melt, and I was told by a couple at the next table that the thin-crust pizza was one of the best they ever had, but I'll take their word for it, because I haven't managed to order anything but the stuffed pizza and the italian beef.
Please go to Chicago Pizza Kitchen so this place continues to be around to satisfy my Chicago pizza and Italian Beef cravings.
I think the trattoria is gone, but here's a video review:
Chicago Pizza Kitchen
2338 Major MacKenzie Dr, Maple, ON L6A3Y7, CA
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