SERIOUS STUFF! (Stuffed Crust, That Is)

I’ve been blogging about some pretty heavy and serious topics recently with my book lists about immigration and Muslim characters. I have another subject to discuss–something that I hold very dear and take very seriously. And that subject is pizza.  Living in Chicagoland, we have an enormous amount of pizza privilege. We’re surrounded by the best of the best – thin crust, deep dish, stuffed pizza–local chains and family-owned restaurants that serve up Chicago-style pies that you just can’t find anywhere else. You can find it all, unless you prefer New York style pizza with all its greasy floppiness, in which case, you should just stop reading now.

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My Top Five Pizzerias

  1. Lou Malnati’s

Closest Location is in Bolingbrook on Weber Rd.

I love their deep dish, butter crust, sausage pizza. The stuffed pizza has the toppings and cheese underneath the sauce, which is new to some people. Lou’s uses a thick layer of spiced sausage that I lovingly call “sausage plate” because it’s pretty much crust-to-crust meat. The olive oil and chunky tomatoes in their sauce gives it a very unique taste that is amazing!

  1.  Giordano’s

Closest Location is in Naperville on Main St.

This is another great place to get stuffed pizza. The sauce is more of a traditional marinara and the sausage comes in the traditional small hunks under the cheese. If you’ve never tried stuffed pizza, this is a good place to start.

  1.  Connie’s

Closest Location is in Glen Ellyn on Roosevelt Rd.

While Connie’s doesn’t have as many locations as some other chains, you can buy their pizza in some grocery stores. (Check Jewel.) There used to be a Connie’s location in Naperville and it was the best place  for a family celebration! My family went there A LOT. The pizza is thick and cheesy and beautiful. And it’s one of the few pizza places that I know of that offers broccoli as a pizza topping. Yum!

  1.  California Pizza Kitchen

Closest location is in Warrenville on Diehl Rd.

If you’ve ever wanted to try a burrito-flavored pizza or a stir-fry-flavored pizza, this is the place for you. They have fairly traditional pizzas like Barbecue Chicken and Hawaiian, but they also have things like Spicy Chicken Chipotle Chicken and Pear & Gorgonzola. My fave is the Carne Asada.

  1.  Rosati’s

Nearest Location is in Bolingbrook on Schmidt Rd.

Last, but not least, Rosati’s has a zillion locations around the Midwest and they’re a great option for your basic thin crust pizza. They offer other crust options, but I actually prefer thin crust at Rosati’s. Like Connie’s, they offer broccoli as a pizza topping (among many others). My go-to pizza here is a thin crust with sausage and pineapple!

I don’t know about y’all, but I am now thoroughly hungry for pizza! Gotta go call in an order ASAP!

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Tara

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