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Chicago-style deep-dish / stuffed pizza?

waderoberts | Jan 2, 2013 04:44 PM

I recently moved back home from Chicago. Food-wise, I'm much happier (Tex-Mex, BBQ, fresh Gulf seafood, boudin, etc.). Until recently, the only Windy City food I occasionally yearned for was a good Italian beef sandwich. Normally, I'm a thin-crust/cracker-crust pizza eater. Every now and then, I need a thicker-crust New York-style pizza. But now . . . maybe it's the onset of cold weather . . . I have this serious hankering for one of those heavy-weight deep-dish Chicago monsters (as in Lou Malnati's, Pizzeria Uno/Due, Edwardo's, Gino's, Leona's) or even one of the heart-stopping stuffed pizzas (double crust/cheese/sauce, as in Giordano's). Yeah, I know I have to try Chicago Pizza and Italian Beef in the Heights, but I'm near NASA and the drive plus the breadth and ambition of the menu have so far dissuaded me. Any other sightings? Even grocery-store frozen would be appreciated (in Chicago, you could often find Edwardo's and Gino's at some grocers). And yes, a lot of those Chicago pizzerias will ship frozen/ready to baked, but I'm not yet desperate and crazy enough (and may never be) to pay $20-some-odd (with shipping) for a frozen 9-inch stuffed pizza). BTW: This craving is all kinda weird to me, since about the only time I had deep-dish/stuffed pizza while living there was when I had visits from out-of-town friends who wanted to experience Chicago-style. Most everyone I knew there preferred thin/cracker crust pizza. Oh, yeah, and cut into saltine-cracker-sized squares.

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