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What defines great pizza in Chicago?

abf005 | May 9, 200808:03 AM

So "what" really defines a great pizza? It can't be the ambiance, because even take-out only places can still be great, and it's certainly not the history of who did what first, or who got what award or even what family name has transcended time to be the most popular(although all make fascinating reading while you wait).

It's more about the style and execution, the consistency and most importantly the taste. Sometimes it's even about what they don't do, or how unique the final taste and product really are.

Describe in detail (as if you were eating it and describing your experience as you typed) on how well they did the toppings, sauce and the crust. Talk about what worked, what didn't. How a simple common ingredients being cut to a more desirable sizes may have made a difference. Did the sauce have stewed or whole tomatoes in it? Or was it a puree? Talk about the quality of the meats, are they made fresh made, do they stamp out their own pepperoni for example? Was the sausage in chunks, slices or a whole patty?

Responses should read like a serious review, name the place, day & time of your visit/placed the order, the name of the style pizza and the size too (it can make a difference!), what extra toppings were on it and then, review it.

Deep dish, Stuffed, Thin, Cracker Thin, Pan, Wood Fired, Hand tossed/New York- you get the picture, if they sell in the Chicagoland area lets hear about it.

Frozen store pizza reviews are banned and the frozen re-heaters guys too; Uno's Chicago Grill, Pizza Hut etc.
National fast food chains reviews are banned too: Domino's, Papa Johns etc.

I'm not looking for the usual "go to Lou's" recommendation or directions on how to get to the closest "double crust" Giordano's location either. Lets be more creative and discerning, and save everyone the headache of having to sort through the usual banter of tourist answers that get posted as a legitimate replies here. In fact, lets refrain from the lectures about Chicago pizza history (I've done it too) and it's origins. Instead, lets talk about the "why" its great, and not the "I just love it, so go here" recommendations.

I'm having a pizza tonight and that will be my first post to this thread, lets see how interesting this thread can get!

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