Do you like eating? I like eating. And odds are, some of the foods you grew up enjoying aren't the same in other parts of the country. Heck, they may not even exist at all. Everywhere has their own styles of foods and drinks. Styles that are unique to your region, and which may even be world famous. Or local secrets. Lobster rolls. Cheesestake. BBQ. All good food that sections of the country take pride in.
Chicago has it's famous foods. Chicago style pizza. Chicago hotdogs. Ribs. And if you're in town for a while, here's the stuff you should try.
Everyone knows about "Chicago Style" pizza. Actually, there are two types that are easily confused (and to be honest, for shoving in your pizza pie hole, it doesn't really matter), deep dish & stuffed. Stuffed has a thin layer of crust over the toppings but under the sauce. Both are gut busters, and I will simply refer to both as "deep dish". While there may be neighborhood places to get good deep dish pizza, there are some chains where you just can't go wrong: Pizzeria Uno / Pizzeria Due, Giordano's, Lou Malnati's, Chicago's Pizza & Pasta, Edwardo's, & Gino's East. I have eaten my share of all of them, and let me tell you a few things:
- If you order the sausage at Gino's East, get "crumble" not "patty" unless you don't have any plans for the rest of the day. Imagine a 1/4 inch think sausage patty covering the entire bottom of the pizza. Good, but an overload.
- Edwardo's makes an awesome deep dish spinach pizza. But have them add mushrooms.
- Our standard is from Chicago's Pizza & Pasta – The "Chicago Special" – sausage, mushrooms, green peppers & onions. Taste & texture! And they deliver late.
BUT DID YOU KNOW? - Chicago has a distinctive style of thin crust pizza, too. And this you can get from any neighborhood joint. The crust is crisp, firm, and thick enough so that it does not bend, sag, or fold. But then since it is cut "Sicilian" style (#) into about 2.5" squares, it's not really going to sag anyway. With these, keep it simple. One, two ingredients, max. There is nothing wrong with plain sausage or pepperoni. Or sausage and pepperoni.
And everybody has their favorite type of slice. I like the "inside" pieces. Others like "edges". But everyone agrees that the little corner pieces like the one up there have no calories.
Oddly – Deep dish and thin have different sauces. Deep dish has a very chunky tomato sauce, while the thin crust is blended smooth.
So, what's your regional style of pizza? What are your favorite toppings?