The Slice Pizza Blog yesterday had an article entitled "The United States of Pizza: Illinois (Chicago Edition)."
While it is woefully lacking on information and recommendations on many or most of the great Chicago thin and thick crust pizzerias, it does provides some useful and interesting information that can be helpful to those not too familiar with Chicago's great pizzas. See article and enjoy a lot of the good information and pictures about some of the real Chicago style pizzas at:The United States of Pizza: Illinois (Chicago Edition)http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2010/11/the-united-states-of-pizza-illinois-chicago-best-pizza-in-chicago-deep-dish-thin-crust.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+feedmeaslice+%28Slice%29
Unfortunately, like many articles these days about pizzas across the country, it puts a disproportionate emphasis on the in-vogue Neapolitan style pizzas, which is one respect - at least in the "top 5" ratings in the write up - reflects a style of pizza liked by young or cub reporters or writers (often east coast transplants) that is somewhat foreign to the great traditional Chicago pizza scene. For instance, Jeff Ruby's Top Five Chicago Pizzas does not reflect one
traditional kind of Chicago pizza (either deep dish or thin or cracker crust). Instead, he puts a style of pizza -- Neapolitan (which he prefers) -- ahead of any of the geat, traditional and highly rated Chicago pizzas (like . . . did they never hear of some place called . . . "Home Run Inn" or "Aurelio's" or even original Uno's/Due's?) It's a good thing the majority of pizza lovers in the Chicago area don't agreed with him. Ed Levine's ratings were somewhat fair, except I don't agree with his placement of Great Lakes or Spacca Napoli in the top 5. Likewise with Steve Dolinsky's top 5, I only agree with Burt's Place and Lou Malnati's. Now I love some good Neapolitan pizzas, but generally not ahead of the classic Chicago greats.
Just one person's opinion as I think someone needs to speak up for the great traditional styles of Chicago pizza.