Updated on January 20, 2016
Best Pizza Place in Chicago
So before I even get started with this post I’m sure there are many people from Chicago and elsewhere that have their pick for best pizza or pizza place in Chicago but, I’m sorry, you are probably wrong unless it’s Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co!
Located on 2121 North Clark street is the Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. This is a short Uber, Taxi or in our case Lyft from the downtown area. We were staying at the Park Hyatt Chicago so it was a quick $7 ride from there.
It is a somewhat small place that takes CASH ONLY (there are at least 3 ATMs right near by which I had to go to) and there is almost always a wait, but it’s worth it!
Now I have been to some of the other famous Chicago pizza places like Lou Malnati’s, Giordano’s, etc and I really liked their take on one of my favorite foods but Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder is unique when it comes to their pizza, mainly because, it’s cooked upside down and in a bowl!
They place cheese, then sauce in a ceramic bowl and then covered the top of the bowl with dough to make you crust. When it first comes out it actually looks like a little pizza pot pie. Then it is scooped out right there are the table and on to your plate ready to eat! Creating what my wife lovingly called a giant cheese puddle.
There are only a couple variations to the pizza as you can have it with or without mushrooms and with or without sausage, THAT’S IT! Makes it really easy to order at least.
Here is a picture from their website of the little pot pie before and after it is flipped:
Not only are these pizzas really unique, they are are also REALLY GOOD! They are certainly deep dish in every sense since they fill the whole bowl with ingredients and man are they filling. I ate all of mine but I could barely move after, probably because I ate over a 1/2 pound of pizza!
The sizes are 1/2 pound and 1 pound but there is really no reason to get the 1 pounder if there are two of you as 2 half pounders are the same price as the pounder.
We also started with the Mediterranean Bread which was great and plenty to share but might have filled us up a bit before our real meal.
One more tip if you do go is about the wait. I would arrive early (before 6) or late (after 9) if you want to minimize the wait – either way it’s still worth it. When you arrive the manager will ask you your name and how many in your party. He doesn’t write anything down and will just keep wondering back and picking people to go to seats seemingly at random. Even if it is nice outside I would suggest staying inside at the front so he is well aware you are there and have been for awhile. Hopefully this will to get you seated faster!
So there you have it! This is the best pizza place in Chicago!
Now obviously I wrote this expecting plenty of disagreement but I think this is still a really unique experience that I would absolutely recommend to anyone visiting Chicago.
So what are your favorites Chicago pizza places? Have you been here?