Being from the East coast, there was only one type of pizza that I loved: thin crust. Any other version should be considered illegal. However, I was open to trying out Chicago's beloved deep dish pizza. It was a sacrifice I was willing to make. My boyfriend took me to one of his favorite deep dish pizza locations, Lou Malnati. It was in a nice suburban location away from the city. They had a small, private lot however they had an extension on the side for their busier days.I went straight to the Deep Dish Pizza section of their menu.Once we walked into the building, they had a few floors but they sat us on the first floor by the windows perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon. I have been waiting so long to try Chicago's deep dish pizza so I was excited when I got their menu and flipped towards that section. The Malnati Chicago Classic was the obvious choice to pick with a little bit of everything: sauce, cheese and the sausage! When we spoke with the waiter she had mentioned the personal might be smaller than what we had expected so we both went with the small. Little did we know that the small was enormous more than enough for two people. Since the thin crust pizza was easy to maneuver, I was surprised when Kevin had picked up his fork and knife...to eat the pizza. At first, I fought the idea and picked the slice up and realized there's way too much cheese inside to navigate this. The fork and knife was the way to go until the cheese had somewhat hardened. Then it was much easier to hold on to the crust and eat it. Their buttery crust gave it a nice sturdy crust to support the contents inside. You can tell from trying the sauce it wash homemade. If only they bottled their tomato sauce...if only. Then there was a sausage layer followed by the amazing layer of cheese. It looks overwhelming at first but you realize the necessity since it had to be proportional to the other layers. As much as we thought we could finish the entire pie, we were unsuccessful in our attempt. Luckily, they boxed it up so we could enjoy them later. Since their pizza is amazing, you can get their pizza shipped to your door (link below)! When I'm craving their pizza, I know exactly what to do to satisfy that craving.Order their pizza online: loumalnatis.com/ship-lous
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4.25 Stars. This was our second visit picking up and bringing the pizza home. Nancy and I ordered the "Michael's Special" which is cheese, sausage, mushroom, green pepper and onion. An important point worthy of note is that it was as consistently good this time as it was last time. This being the case we felt a review appropriate. We ordered a medium (14 in?) thin crust and there was enough left for another person had one been present to join us. Everything was fresh and the pizza sauce was especially good with a characteristic signature of sweet properly proportioned. Though the title states Pizzeria before Tavern if you didn't know better you would mistake it for a sports bar, with a long bar and over 20 large screen television sets positioned all over the premises.For me to rate 4 stars - particularly with all the pizza places that abound in Chicago is unusual, if the drinks are as good as the pizza I can see myself hanging out here on the less than frequent occasions I have some free time.
Just had an office party. Aurelios dropped the ball on this one. Was quoted one price when we placed the order and at time of pick up we were given a more expensive price. Cashier said it was due to the extra toppings on the pizzas. How this happened is a mystery to me because the girl who took the order repeated it back to me verbatim. Part of our order was for three cheese and sausage pizzas. We were given three cheese only pizzas. When we complained, we were told the best they (Aurelio's) could do was make three new cheese and sausage pizzas and pick up the three cheese pizzas. Kind of hard to do when you have some forty people lined up to eat. I was never directed to the manager even though I asked at the beginning to talk to one..... I guess they were too busy to take my call. Customer service skills are lacking and for the next office party we will be looking for a new place. Anyone have any suggestions....
My family and I have been going here for years and while the service isn't always the best, the pizza never disappoints. We also usually order a large salad for the entire table and it's also very good. We order the deep dish with cheese and tomatoes (chunky sauce) on top of the pizza, which is how all their pizzas are made. We rarely order toppings because we love the cheese and tomatoes so much, but we have enjoyed the sausage a few times, as well as the pepperoni. The crust is flaky and well cooked each time and the cheese is flavorful and just the right texture. Definitely worth checking out, whether you're a Chicago native or out of towner.
I stopped in here on an unusually hot Saturday afternoon in June. I expected to get out of the heat, only to find they had the large overhead doors open, letting the heat and in. If people want to sit outside in the heat with traffic rushing by, let them. Why must they subject the rest of us to it? The noise level was high both from patrons and traffic. I ordered the individual pizza, which really was more of a snack than a meal. Not a good value. After I finished my pizza, I walked down to McDonalds on Chicago Ave and had a fish sandwich and hot fudge sundae!
We used to order from a nearby pizza (P), but they started putting less & less ingredients on their pizzas. We tried Doreen's and found it to be better. The crust is crispy & they put a good quantity of ingredients. They have daily specials including a large 16" pizza for $12 on wednesdays. They make a taco pizza thats loaded with meat, tomatoes, taco chips that gives you the taste of your pizza and taco, two comfort foods at once. We order from there at least twice a week. Their deliveries are fast & hot. They have a wide assortment of sandwiches and sides.
A pizza that is so overwhelming and tasty. I made the mistake by ordering the medium size Chicago style pizza. Just 2 slices filled me up...it's like your eating an Italian flavored pie. Some of the drawbacks is that the associates there have an attitude problem and you wait a century for your meal. One thing they are really fast on is making you pay up right after you eat. I guess if the food being incredible makes up for the other mishaps. Eat here before you die...you'll regret it if you don't.
This restaurant is a gem and one that we keep going back to everytime we are in Chicago. Luckily, we are here every month. Not only is the food delicious and perfectly prepared, the staff are second to none. They make you feel welcome the moment you walk through the doors. Thank you Frank, Miguel and Marco and all of the staff for always making us feel special. I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant if you love Italian food. You will not be disappointed.
This is Chicago style pizza period . Long before deep dish made people in the U.S. think that is the only kind they made here. And without a doubt my favorite, and I just consider best thin crust in the whole city, not just neighborhood. I actually think words can not describe how good it is. The restaurant itself, the service, and just about everything else on the menu that I tried is just excellent Chicago area cuisine.
Ate at Lou Malnati's with a large party. Wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Forgot to bring out my drink. Pizza was delicious and well-done. Wait for food was reasonable. Waitress gave the entire table one check and individuals had to split up the check by hand. Apparently there is a system limitation, according to the waitress. The overall pleasant experience was tarnished by this check fiasco.