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Try This: Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza
Considering it’s called Old Chicago Pizza Restaurant, it’s a no-brainer that this pizzeria’s specialty is Chicago-style deep dish. Here’s how to enjoy your pie like a true Chicagoan:
- Respect the dough. Thick, yet still flaky, the crust is the crucial element of a good deep-dish pizza. Old Chicago keeps its recipe a closely guarded secret for a reason.
- Use a knife and fork. A large pizza weighs more than 4 pounds—and that’s without any additional toppings. It’s heavy and messy, so don’t bother picking it up by hand.
- Don’t go crazy with the toppings. If you’re ordering a half-and-half pie, Old Chicago recommends no more than a four-topping difference per side.
- Be patient. Unlike a typical pizza, a true deep-dish pizza needs about 30 minutes in the oven to be baked to perfection.
Old Chicago Pizza Restaurant
Old Chicago Pizza Restaurant has a pretty clear idea of what the best of the Midwest is—Chicago pizza. The pizzeria specializes in Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, and even takes it to the next level with the option of a double-crust pie. These double-decker pizzas feature the same trademark thick, flaky crust as a standard deep dish, but with an extra crust baked inside and more cheese, sauce, and toppings piled on top. For a less decadent option that doesn’t require a fork and knife, Old Chicago also offers thin and extra-thin crusts. Diners can pair their pizza with salads and garlic bread and wash everything down with California wines and domestic and craft beers.