Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza Deep Dive

January 8, 2018 (Last Updated: March 19, 2019) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

If there has been one dish that has been with me for almost the entirety of my life, it is pizza. I remember wanting to have the earliest of my birthday parties at Happy Joe’s or Show Biz Pizza. As an adult, it always excites me when we get to order from or go to my favorite pizza joints. I don’t think I am alone when I say that I love pizza. With some great pleasure, I am putting down the Moscow Mule copper mugs and going to focus on pizza for the next few weeks. It already makes me a little giddy that I get to eat lots of pizza! There are, however, just too many styles of pizza to fit a deep dive into three weeks, so I am going to narrow down my topic to a specific style of pizza. Please follow along as we embark on a Chicago style deep dish pizza deep dive.

I LOVE Pizza

There just are not that many dishes that can beat pizza. In fact, I claim that pizza is the perfect food. If you take into consideration all of the gluten-free crusts and topping combinations that are available, there is something for everybody and you can get all of your necessary nutrients in a pizza. There are pizzas for every meal. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are dessert pizzas, vegan pizzas, white pizzas, and on and on. Pizzas are perfect.

While I have made many pizzas, I am not going to proclaim that mine are the best. I am willing to say, however, that I am on a never-ending journey to improve my craft of pizza making. On my never-ending to-do list is even an entry to build an outdoor wood-fired stove for pizzas. It will happen. I also have it somewhere in my brain that I am going to start curing my own meat. I am less confident this will happen, but I am toying with this idea.

Why Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza

One pizza style that I don’t have that much experience with, however, is Chicago style. That is why we are doing a Chicago style pizza deep dive. The truth is that I just don’t know that much about Chicago style pizza, but I know it is good and have eaten it. I have never been to Chicago (well, other than the airport or just driving through), so I won’t be able to taste test with the best of the best. I am not in Chicago, but going to do my best to pay homage to this classic dish.

What I Hope to Cover in the Chicago Style Pizza Deep Dive

There are so many things that I want to try to fit into the next three weeks. The most important thing is that we are going to be making pizza and sharing the recipes. I think we will probably have a post on the crust of the pizza and maybe a post on the sauce. We definitely are going to have a history post where we talk about the history of Chicago style deep dish pizza and maybe a separate post about the history of all pizza. This topic has to go back almost as far as bread. We are going to look at some other pizza recipes from around the web.

Hopefully, all of the history and look into the individual ingredients will help us construct a great Chicago style pizza that pays appropriate respect to the heritage and flavors of Chicago style pizza. So, follow along for the next few weeks as we take a Chicago style pizza deep dive.


For your convenience, here is a list of all the Chicago Deep Dish posts in this series:

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    January 9, 2018 at 7:25 am

    When I visited Chicago with my then 18-year old daughter, we went to Giordano’s and fell in love with Chicago-style pizza. Each slice weights about 3 pounds! I started ordering pizza from them for Christmas eves, until the kids started doing their own thing. It was a lovely tradition while it lasted. You will love it! (And it’s easy to make!)

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    Jason fly rohde
    January 10, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Go to don malinatis Chicago deep dish pizza place the best

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    Jeff the Chef
    January 13, 2018 at 10:56 am

    I live in the great city of Chicago, so for me, deep dish pizza is as natural as unbelievable blue-green beautiful Lake Michigan waves as seen from Lakeshore Drive, and a fear of ketchup on hotdogs. I have to say, though, that I, like most Chicagoans, consider deep dish pizza to be more the food of tourists than of the natives. (I consider it be a lasagna.) Nonetheless, if there’s any taste-testing I can do for the greater good, I’ll brave the currently-sub-zero temperatures and eat one for the team.

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      Ben Myhre
      January 16, 2018 at 6:08 am

      You live in Chicago! Super cool. Fellow brethren of the butt ass cold part of the world. In fact, I just returned from an ice fishing trip where I swear with the wind it must have been 50 below. I have been reading that the deep dish is sort of a tourist thing with a preference to the Chicago THIN CRUST. Golden Gate in SF is also a tourist location, but it doesn’t make it any less of a bridge, right? I mean… still gonna cross it on occasion. I really want to get down to your neck of the woods and take a pizza tour.

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        Jeff the Chef
        January 26, 2018 at 12:25 am

        Yeah, it’s been a bit nippy. If you do make it down here, I hope you’ll let me show you around. Chicago has fantastic food.

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    Real DeepDish
    January 14, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Sauce goes on top,boss! 🙂
    Good luck on your deep dish journey!
    I’m certain it will be delicious!

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      January 15, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      Ahhh! I am glad you found my posts! Even before seeing your comment/link, your recipes have been inspirations for me.

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