'Deep Dish' on Serious Eats

The Best Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago

Deep dish pizza is as accurately named as any food I know. Even if you've never experienced one in person, you already know to expect something imposing and thick, with generous layers of sauce and cheese. But which pizzeria in Chicago serves the best? I tried 13 different places to find out. More

Chicago Essential: Burt's Place

For nearly 50 years spent at four different pizzerias, Burt Katz has been putting out some of the best pizza in Chicago. Since 1989, he's been putting out pies that have made Burt's Place a local favorite and must-try for visiting pizza freaks. More

Want: Spaghetti-and-Meatball Deep Dish Pizza

[Photograph: Reddit] Someone on Reddit made a spaghetti-and-meatball deep dish pizza. I don't know what's come over me, but I really want a slice of this thing. Funny, too, because when you scroll through the pics from the original poster, you'll see s/he used DKM's Chicago-Style Deep Dish recipe from pizzamaking.com. I'm going to have to hunt for a good meatball recipe and try this myself. See also: Deep Dish Pizza à la Cook's Illustrated »... More

Oakland: Zachary's Makes Good Stuffed Pizza But with a Lackluster Crust

Zachary's Pizza is an East Bay icon, specializing in stuffed pizza. The pan starts with a layer of dough, followed by a hefty layer of mozzarella and toppings. Another thin layer of dough is added on top of the cheese and goodies before the robust sauce covers it all. While the cheese is hearty and the sauce is rich, I found the crust at Zachary's to be a bit disappointing. More

Deep Dish Pizza à la 'Cook's Illustrated'

[Photographs: Adam Kuban] I've had the January/February 2010 issue of Cook's Illustrated sitting in my to-do stack of crap since it came out. In it, a recipe for deep dish pizza. (You can find that recipe here, though it's behind a paywall. Sorry! Oh, or try this website, which has it: http://thirtyaweek.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/deep-dish-pizza-recipe) With some free time last Saturday, I set about making the stuff. Above is one of my finished pies (the recipe makes two 9-inch-round pizzas). Since all the junk is in the proverbial trunk, i.e., you can't see nothin' but sauce, I'll tell you that this one... More

Poll: How Often Do You Order Deep Dish?

During last week's poll, we had a number of folks point out that the query may as well have been a proxy vote on NYC-style vs. deep dish. (Though we respectfully disagree, because "not deep dish" does not automatically equal "NYC-style" — think of all the other non–deep dish, non–NYC styles out there.) Anyway, there seemed to be some sentiment for a poll to take on the question of how often Chicagoans eat deep dish. So: How often do order deep dish vs. thin crust? » More

A Deep Dish Disappointment at Big Nick's on the Upper West Side

It brings me no joy to write this review. I, like many New Yorkers, have fond memories of Big Nick's, the venerable Upper West Side dive. Truth be told, I haven't been in there in about 20 years, but I warmly recall eating hearty portions for not very much money whilst stuffed into Big Nick's tight booths, surrounded by a thousand handwritten signs, with the banter of the colorful cast of characters who work and eat there providing much merriment. When I discovered that they serve a Chicago-style pie I decided to make a journey back to the UWS to check it out. More

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