The two places I always go home for, Pequod’s and Lou Malnati’s pizzerias.
Pequod’s has a famous coral-like carmelized cheese crust that will take you to the dark side. They use “cast iron pans that are blackened with decades of seasoning, and the overflowing cheese emerges from the oven as a halo of caramelized crust.” Cornmeal at it’s finest. Cheesy garlic bread is a must. Trust. I’ve been enjoying their za with my ma (Lincoln Park location) since I was a wee brat back in the early eighties before it got all yuppie-fied. Check out the Morton Grove location for a blast from the past (opened in 1970, wood paneling and all).
Lincoln Park, Chicago
2207 N. Clybourn Ave. 60614
8520 Fernald Ave. 60053
Lou Malnati’s is a family joint with some of the stretchiest cheese known to mankind. Flaky fresh crust, sweet sauce, and heart shaped pizzas on V-DAY <3
"Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati’s is as rich in history as its pizza is in flavor. Lou got his start in the 1940’s working in Chicago’s first deep dish pizzeria. Loyal patrons lined the streets on opening day for a taste of his delicious deep-dish creations. Lou always thought it was funny that an Italian should open a pizzeria in a Jewish neighborhood on an Irish holiday. But that was Lou’s style, he loved all types of people and didn’t care much about what people thought."
That about sums up why I love Lou. With 34 locations, there’s probably a Lou near you, and if there isn’t, they deliver frozen za’s across the US for a pretty penny.