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(Travel + Leisure)   Travel + Leisure magazine ranks the 20 best US cities for pizza. Naturally, Chicago is #1   (travelandleisure.com) divider line 253
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2013-02-26 04:06:53 PM  
More like Troll + Leisure, amirite?

Personally, I like both Chicago-style and New-York style, but people surely do get het up about their pizza.
 
2013-02-26 04:12:31 PM  
I think we can all agree Florida's is horrible, but Chicago's being the best? Hardly.
 
2013-02-26 04:21:54 PM  
1. Chicago
2. Providence, R.I.
3. New York City
4. Philadelphia
5. Boston
6. Minneapolis/St. Paul
7. San Diego
8. Savannah, Ga.
9. Nashville, Tenn.
10. Kansas City, Mo.
11. San Francisco
12. Portland, Maine
13. San Antonio
14. Portland, Ore.
15. Austin, Texas
16. Houston
17. Memphis, Tenn.
18. Los Angeles
19. Baltimore
20. Orlando, Fla.
 
2013-02-26 04:29:12 PM  

MichiganFTL: I think we can all agree Florida's is horrible, but Chicago's being the best? Hardly.


I guess I can actually see their point, though - you can get good New York style pizza almost anywhere these days (including Chicago), but good Chicago style barely exists outside Illinois.

Which is not to say that it doesn't exist at all.  A pretty darn good place recently opened here in LA, and it's a great addition to my personal repertoire of take-out food I'm happy to eat.  But for the most part, good deep dish is tough to find anywhere but Chicago.
 
2013-02-26 04:36:58 PM  
Savannah? Well, Vinnie's is pretty good, but really?
 
2013-02-26 04:40:31 PM  
You can't get a slice of genuine Cleveland-style pizza here in Vegas. Sad, really...
 
2013-02-26 05:22:00 PM  
HOW IN THE WIDE, WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS IS SAN DIEGO EVEN ON A LIST FOR BEST PIZZA? THIS PLACE RANKS BEHIND BAGHDAD FOR PIZZA. THIS LIST FAILS.

FAILS!
 
2013-02-26 05:47:59 PM  
In before casserole derp.
 
2013-02-26 06:14:50 PM  

Relatively Obscure: In before casserole derp.


You'd think people would catch on that it's not a clever thing to say after the 500th time they see it, but apparently not.
 
2013-02-26 06:20:17 PM  
"These days, you can find decent, or even excellent, New York-style pizza in almost any medium-sized to large city in America," says Brooklyn-based writer Jeff Turrentine. "But finding even passable Chicago-style pizza outside of Chicago-that still poses a challenge."

That's because no one else wants Chicago Casserole.
 
2013-02-26 06:21:49 PM  
Pizza is like sex

/even when it's bad it's pretty good
 
2013-02-26 06:24:05 PM  

Osomatic: Relatively Obscure: In before casserole derp.

You'd think people would catch on that it's not a clever thing to say after the 500th time they see it, but apparently not.


heh
 
2013-02-26 06:26:38 PM  
I only clicked to make sure St. Louis isn't within 500 miles of that list.
 
2013-02-26 06:35:02 PM  
Chicago Deep Dish/Stuffed pizza is not traditional "pizza"... it is what it is, yes, maybe even a cassarole.  But, if you are in the mood for it, and go to a place that makes a tasty pizza (Giordanos for instance), then it is good.   There was a place up when I lived in Highwood, I think it might have been in Highland Park, that was an awesome deep dish, sauce was excellent... this was like 15 years ago though, so, don't recall the name or if they'd even still be there.

But, beyond that anyway, Chicago Thin-crust demolishes NY style thin crust.

On a third note, hopefully GreggM shows up to this thread, since I tried making his recipe for a chicago style thin crust pizza, which while the pizza "construction" wasn't bad, but, the sauce recipe I tried didn't pan out well, so, want to get his advice on that.
 
2013-02-26 06:35:20 PM  
we got this really good local pizza joint in town called sbarro's.
 
2013-02-26 06:36:36 PM  

SpikeStrip: we got this really good local pizza joint in town called sbarro's.


Thank you for your input Michael Scott.
 
2013-02-26 06:40:58 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Pizza is like sex

/even when it's bad it's pretty good


Pizza is like sex

an illegal immigrant will come to your door and deliver it for $12 plus tip
 
2013-02-26 06:41:03 PM  

Osomatic: A pretty darn good place recently opened here in LA, and it's a great addition to my personal repertoire of take-out food I'm happy to eat.


Care to share? I'm a recent L.A. transplant who grew up in Southeastern Wisconsin...In a town close enough to Chicago to have a Gino's East location. And holy CRAP do I want a decent Chi-town deep dish lately. I'd love to know where to get one. Vienna Beef dogs with celery salt and nuke-green relish, too.

Anyone who's had a Gino's, Edwardo's or Giordano's gets it. Everyone else can shut the hell up.
 
2013-02-26 06:42:37 PM  
New Haven must not be a city anymore
 
2013-02-26 06:54:02 PM  
Yeah, but to eat the pie you have to be in one of those places....
 
2013-02-26 06:54:14 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Pizza is like sex

/even when it's bad it's pretty good


^lots of this^

/isoundfat
 
2013-02-26 06:54:16 PM  
List fails w/o Detroit.
 
2013-02-26 06:57:52 PM  
Jesus H Christ - the best pizza is from Naples - do you dumbfarks know nothing about fine neapolitan style pizza? Mozzarella from grassfed water buffalo and only the finest San Marzano tomatoes from the plains south of Vesuvious...

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2013-02-26 06:57:57 PM  

potterydove: List fails w/o Detroit.


Detroit is already on plenty of Top Ten lists....

Oh...OH you mean a positive-type list.

/in Detroit. Lots of snow. Just ordered pizza.
 
2013-02-26 06:59:51 PM  
Osomatic:  good Chicago style

There is very little "good" about Chicago style.

Brick oven or bust.
 
2013-02-26 07:00:10 PM  
What? I thought every place had a Papa John's now


Goes to hide in corner........
 
2013-02-26 07:00:27 PM  

Deadfeznt: New Haven must not be a city anymore


As someone sitting in New Haven right now, I can say: their pizza sucks.  New York style, but burned-ier?  No thanks.
 
2013-02-26 07:01:38 PM  
if it burns the roof of your mouth is it?
a] good
b] bad
c] because you are a stoner
 
2013-02-26 07:01:55 PM  

potterydove: List fails w/o Detroit.


So, Detroit has good pizza? Huh.

Hey, Beirut, Baghdad and Damascus probably have good food somewhere, too. But it's not like any meal is worth waddling into a war zone for. To paraphrase Samuel L. Jackson, Detroit pizza may taste like pumpkin pie, but I'd never know 'cause I wouldn't risk death just to eat it.
 
2013-02-26 07:03:04 PM  
If you're in Champaign IL stop by Papa Dels, my favorite deep dish place even beyond places in Chicago. Some of the finest pizza I've ever had, they even ship frozen pizzas internationally to alums.
 
2013-02-26 07:03:44 PM  
Savannah and Nashville? Huh. Who knew?

/Atlanta has a couple good places, but I wouldn't expect it on that kind of list. Unless Orlando is on it, because Jesus God. Orlando?
 
2013-02-26 07:04:34 PM  
I'm not reading this, because fark fat porn.

But I just wanted to say the list fails if it doesn't have Hounddogs Pizza from Columbus, OH on it. It's one of the few bright spots in this bland, grey, dying rust belt city.
 
2013-02-26 07:04:34 PM  

starlost: if it burns the roof of your mouth is it?
a] good
b] bad
c] because you are a stoner


Guilty as charged!

/Burned it just last night
// My mouth, that is
 
2013-02-26 07:05:00 PM  
Does anyone outside of Chicago give a shiat about their pizza? Not sure what the big deal is with deep dish pizza, I'd rather have a normal pizza.
 
2013-02-26 07:05:30 PM  
St Paul at #6?  You're damn right.  But what do they talk about?  All the damn hipster pizzerias.  No mention at all of Carbone's or Red's Savoy, not even Davanni's.
 
2013-02-26 07:06:54 PM  
If you hate Chicago deep dish pizza you are a terrible person and should feel bad about yourself
 
2013-02-26 07:06:57 PM  
Thanks Obama!
 
2013-02-26 07:07:16 PM  
Janesville WI has Tony and Maria's. There's no other pizza like it. Awesome.
 
2013-02-26 07:07:33 PM  

Shostie: 2. Providence, R.I.


As long as they're referring to Caserta's and not the godawful Rhode Island tradition of un-cheesed pizza....

FTFA:The Rhode Island capital held onto its silver medal position from last year, perhaps because, like Chicago, it offers an only-in-Providence pie: grilled pizza, where the dough is cooked on one side, then flipped before the toppings are added. A great place to try it is downtown's Bacaro, whose chef is from Al Forno, home of the original grilled pizza. To go a layer deeper into the city's pizza culture, sample the pizza strips-topped with just sauce-found at LaSalle Bakery.

Fark you NO.  That no-cheese pizza is the worst stuff on earth.  It's almost always cold, too.  And seriously, how can you talk about the "best pizza in the city" without talking about Caserta's? The only way they could fark this up worse is by mentioning Ronzio's shiat-tacular pizza.
 
2013-02-26 07:07:52 PM  

Elzar: Jesus H Christ - the best pizza is from Naples - do you dumbfarks know nothing about fine neapolitan style pizza? Mozzarella from grassfed water buffalo and only the finest San Marzano tomatoes from the plains south of Vesuvious...

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This plus Pizza Margherita are what I think of as pizza.  Once the toppings and sauce outweigh the crust and cheese, it's a pie.
 
2013-02-26 07:08:16 PM  
The thing about Chicago-style pizza is, you might as well just pour cream of mushroom soup in it and be done with it.
 
2013-02-26 07:08:31 PM  
See... "cities" is a silly way to think about this.

Most any suburb in the NY/NJ area is going to have better pizza than pretty much the rest of the country.  I'd take my hometown of 33,000 people over Boston any day of the week, having lived in both places.

New York (and the surrounding area) is pizza mecca not because it has THE single best place (it probably does though) but because in the city, there are two great pizza shops on every block.
 
2013-02-26 07:08:33 PM  
The list is a fail without Cleveland. Parma, an inner ring suburb, has the most pizzerias per square mile of any city on earth. Cleveland's contributed more members to the American international pizza competition team than most of the cities on that list.
 
2013-02-26 07:08:44 PM  

dletter: Chicago Deep Dish/Stuffed pizza is not traditional "pizza"... it is what it is, yes, maybe even a cassarole.  But, if you are in the mood for it, and go to a place that makes a tasty pizza (Giordanos for instance), then it is good.   There was a place up when I lived in Highwood, I think it might have been in Highland Park, that was an awesome deep dish, sauce was excellent... this was like 15 years ago though, so, don't recall the name or if they'd even still be there.

But, beyond that anyway, Chicago Thin-crust demolishes NY style thin crust.

On a third note, hopefully GreggM shows up to this thread, since I tried making his recipe for a chicago style thin crust pizza, which while the pizza "construction" wasn't bad, but, the sauce recipe I tried didn't pan out well, so, want to get his advice on that.


I went to the Giordanos by the Pennisula in November and the pizza was fantastic. Chicago has great restaurants.
 
2013-02-26 07:08:52 PM  
"Neapolitan-style pizza is a nationwide passion"
They misspelled pepperoni.
 
2013-02-26 07:09:29 PM  
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Ya know you want to try it. It's actually pretty good.
 
2013-02-26 07:09:36 PM  
Adrienne's Pizza Bar !!!!!????????????????? Are you farking kidding me!?  They didn't even mention Totonno's or De Fara's or any of the other bajillion awesome pizza places in NYC that you would have to try hard not to freaking find.

This is the dumbest excuse for stupid ad revenue that ever existed.  Sorry Chicago you win nothing!  nada! zip!  This list was written by a farking drunk intern sitting in a Chicago bar.
 
2013-02-26 07:10:56 PM  

Shostie: 1. Chicago
2. Providence, R.I.
3. New York City
4. Philadelphia
5. Boston
6. Minneapolis/St. Paul
7. San Diego
8. Savannah, Ga.
9. Nashville, Tenn.
10. Kansas City, Mo.
11. San Francisco
12. Portland, Maine
13. San Antonio
14. Portland, Ore.
15. Austin, Texas
16. Houston
17. Memphis, Tenn.
18. Los Angeles
19. Baltimore
20. Orlando, Fla.


They got something right -- Washington DC is not on the list
 
2013-02-26 07:11:02 PM  
I don't know about pizza in Providence Rhode Island, but the Italian meals in Federal Hill are pretty damn good. Everything on Atwells Avenue. I'm too busy eating meals there to care about pizza.
 
2013-02-26 07:11:24 PM  
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