In the ongoing battle between Jon Stewart and what seems like all of Chicago, the Daily Show aired the latest installment last night in a three-part series called "Strife of Pie."
'Lou Malnati's' on Serious Eats
Jon Stewart's epic anti-Chicago pizza rant on the Daily Show last week was the spark for an ensuing conflagration, a new excuse to reignite the age old Chicago vs. New York debate. This week, Marc Malnati, owner of famed Chicago institution Lou Malnati's Pizza, took a trip to New York and joined the fray.
Esquire's "Eat Like a Man" blog published a poll that puts Lou Malnati's at the top. But is it really the most life-changing pizza around?
When visiting a new city, I feel like I'm always caught in the that strange middle ground of wanting to sample the iconic local food specialties, while simultaneously avoiding the kind of restaurants that prey on my naivety and take all my money. These are the places that that offer an unmistakable glimpse at Chicago, while also dishing out great food.
With the holiday season now in full swing, we've put together a little collection of some of our favorite products from the Windy City, including a collection of food, t-shirts, cookbooks, and other products that we'd enjoy receiving in the mail (hint, hint). So, whether you currently reside in the city or live far away and want a little taste of home, check it out and let us know what you think.
In a city this passionate about pizza, the debates will always continue. In compiling our list, we had to consider history, style, the old school favorites, and the newcomers. So while this list may not settle any old debates, in fact, it may start will most certainly insight new ones, it is guaranteed to have pies that even the casserole camp will love.
If you know anyone who thinks deep dish pizza is not delicious, a simple trip to Lou Malnati's is all you need to show them the error of their ways. Malnati's well-balanced mountains of flavor are simply outstanding.
Photograph from justinhenry on Flickr Packed in dry ice, thousands of pizzas from the landmark Chicago chain Lou Malnati's will soon arrive for troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan as a gift from retired Air Force sergeant Mark Evans. A resident of the deep-dish capital, Evans wanted the pizzas delivered in time for July 4th to celebrate the American staple. Of course, what constitutes as "American" pie differs from region to region, as our very own Adam has dissected at length. But something tells me, even non-Chicagoan soldiers will be okay with the flaky, buttery crust. Lou Malnati's pies can...
The buttery crust, sweet chunky tomato sauce, and fresh homemade sausage on a Lou Malnati's pie changed my pizza worldview forever. Since that time, I have tried more pizzas than I can possibly remember, and Lou Malnati's remains my favorite.