Isn’t it time you had a slice of something nice? Chicago – birthplace of the world-famous deep dish pie – can oblige: the city knows it’s way around a pizza oven (and then some). Here’s your LUXE guide to Chi-town’s best well-bread treats, whether you’re after a quick piece or a full-blown dough-fest.
Hailing from Rome, the world-famous Bonci has decided to launch its first ever branch outside of Italy in lucky Chicago. So now you can save yourself the air miles by heading to this fabulous new North Sangamon Street outpost. The perfect pizza dished up here is served a taglio: shaped into rectangles, topped with myriad treats, cut into slices and priced according to weight. Anthony Bourdain is a big fan, natch.
Go deep – deep, deep down – at Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder, a perma-packed crowd-pleaser that specialises in deliciously gooey pizza pot pies. Order the diet-be-damned Mediterranean bread or an Oven Grinder sarnie to accompany your carby slice of choice – you’re in Chicago, after all.
Beloved of LUXE (oh, and Lincoln Park), cult fave Pequod’s is famed for its caramelised crusts and seven-inch pan pizzas. This one comes with your doctor’s disapproval (and it’s all the more tasty for it). Try the garlic bread, the chicken tenders, that fat-pan pizza – and don’t forget to add melted cheese to errthang.
Go back to basics, Neapolitan-style, at Forno Rosso, whose owner studied pizza – yes, really – in Naples, with the help of one of Napoli's best pizzaiolos (crust kings). Order the Sole di Napoli, which stars buffalo mozzarella, yellow pomodoro tomatoes and basil, or get your meat-freak on with the Tre Carne: San Marzano tomatoes, fior di latte mozzarella, locally sourced sausage, imported speck, hot soppressata, pecorino and basil. They even do clever, crisp-tastic gluten-free crusts for celiacs. Grazie mille, Napoli!
Bonci / 161 N Sangamon St / +1 312 243 4016 / 11am-10pm Mon-Thu, 11am-11pm Fri-Sat, 11am-9pm Sun / bonciusa.com
Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder / 2121 N Clark St / +1 773 248 2570 / lunch Sat-Sun, dinner daily / chicagopizzaandovengrinder.com
Pequod’s / 2207 N Clybourn Ave / +1 773 327 1512 / 11am-2am Mon-Sat, 11am-midnight Sun / pequodspizza.com
Forno Rosso / 1048 W Randolph St / +1 312 243 6000 / 11am-10pm Sun-Thu, 11am-midnight Fri-Sat / fornorossopizzeria.com