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Back to Chicago we go as we drive my sister Belle to the airport (ORD). We enjoyed the holidays with her as well as our first trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. However, it is time for her to head back to Manila, Philippines to get ready for graduate school.
Her flight leaves close to midnight so we decided to check-in our room in Swissotel Chicago before heading out to dinner. Everyone voted to get some deep dish pizza. Believe it or not, we frequently visit Chicago but had never dined in Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria. It was always packed with patrons which lead us to eat somewhere else. Luckily, this night, they were able to sit us and we are able to try one of the best deep dish pizzerias in the city.
The location nearest to our hotel is in North Wells Street. We went there via Uber which costed us around $8.00, one way. The drive took 7 minutes.
Being in Chicago, there is no dedicated parking lot. However, there are plenty of street parking available and a nearby self-parking garage just by the intersection of Wells Street and Hubbard Street.
Last time we tried dining here, there was a line outside of the restaurant. It’s a pretty popular pizza place. I suggest calling ahead and checking if they can accommodate you.
Fortunately, this time, they were able to host us. As soon as we walked in, the hostess was able to sit us upstairs.
The dining room is pretty casual. The interior is industrial styled with quirky and sports-themed elements for the wall decor.
The tables are close to each other but not to a point that it’s intrusive. Noise level is bearable.
Of course, we ordered a deep dish pizza!
We were debating with trying The Lou, which is basically a spinach mix pizza or The Malnati Chicago Classic. We chose the latter one as per suggestion of our waitress as well. It was made with Lou’s lean sausage, some extra cheese and vine-ripened tomato sauce on their famous Buttercrust. It was a yummy choice!
Our son Andy still has to develop his taste for pizza, which he used to like as a baby. We don’t know what happened. Anyway, our picky eater still got his chicken nuggets and milk from their kids menu. So, we were all happy campers.
If it’s Chicago deep-dish pizza that you want, better try Lou Malnati’s in Chicago. The pizza that we ordered did not disappoint and the servers were very helpful in deciding which good pizza to eat if you only have room for one. We recommend you to try them the next time you drop by downtown or their other locations.
Lou Malnati’s is part of GetYourGuide’s Chicago Best in Chow Food Tour. Book it here.
Have you dined in this restaurant? How was your experience? Share in the comments below.