Thursday, October 16, 2014

My Trip to Chicago, IL (Day 3): Lou Malnati's

On our last full day in Chicago, we decided to have deep dish pizza for lunch again. We're on vacation so why not splurge of gluttony?
This time, we headed to Lou Malnati's. Similar to Gino's, they have several locations around the city but obviously we went to the one that was within walking distance to where we needed to be. We planned on having an early lunch in order to beat the crowd (it was a Saturday) and get to where we needed to be going. That decision turned out to be smart because by the time we left, there was a line waiting to be seated. You see, deep dish pizza takes awhile to cook. Any good waitress will let you know that it's a 45 minute wait for your pizza to arrive. So if you know which pizza you're going to order, then do it right when you're seated. Then mull over the appetizers or drinks.

Heading to Lou Malnati's, I was fully expecting to just have pizza for lunch. All the eating was catching up to me and I wasn't feeling quite peckish that day. But naturally, M&P pulled and audible and ordered some mozzarella sticks for an appetizer ($6). Yes, that's fried cheese before a gut bomb of more cheese to come later. These were your standard mozzarella sticks with a breaded outside, gooey mozzarella cheese inside, and marinara sauce on the side. They do a good fry job here.
Luckily, we had some time between the cheese sticks and the pizza. And then the pie came out in all its glory.  We went for the small sausage pie ($13.10) with extra cheese (!), and tomato sauce on a buttercrust. And then for my sake, we added on mushrooms and onions (+$1.85 each).
And boy was this pizza filling. I thought it was even more filling than the Gino's pizza. For me, the balance of the cheese to sauce to crust to toppings was off. This was an overabundance of cheese which sat in my gut like a brick. A delicious dairy brick, that is. Mr. M&P did say he enjoyed the crust more at Lou's though.
Overall, another Chicago deep dish pizza conquered. Will I go back and eat it again next time I'm in Chicago? Probably not. But that's okay. I don't regret eating it at all. My doctor may say otherwise.

Lou Malnati's
439 N Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 828-9800

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