Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta | Chicago, IL

Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta presents an interesting quandary to its patrons…is it best to order their deep dish or thin crust pizza?  Surely, a restaurant owned by Rudy Malnati Jr, – son of Pizzeria Uno founder, Rudy Malnati Sr. – must make some pretty excellent deep dish pizza.  However, their thin crust pizza has been listed in the top ten in the Nation by USA Today and is apparently Oprah’s favorite.  Personally, I was stumped, so I went with the advice of our waiter and tried their thin crust.   

I’m sure I would have been happy with either option, but our waiter’s recommendation definitely didn’t disappoint me.  The most impressive thing about Pizano’s thin crust pizza is that it somehow manages to keep the consistency and flavor of a traditional Chicago-style deep dish crust in its compact form.  Perhaps this is because Donna Marie Malnati, Rudy Malnati Sr.’s widow, is said to still be fashioning dough balls from their old secret family recipe in the basement of Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta on State Street.  The sausage was also really good on this pizza, and its flavor may have been allowed to stand out even more since it was on a thin crust pizza.  If you want a thinner pizza that still maintains some of the typical Chicago flavor, then Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta is your place (Giordano’s thin crust is good but doesn’t necessarily have the same flavor, and I did not enjoy the thin crust pizza from Gino’s East).  They also have other items on their menu that did not interest me as much as pizza, and their cheesy garlic bread was a good appetizer.

What I Ate: Sausage Pizza
Rating: 8.5/10

Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta
864 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60610


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